From the Cellar

Just because I started a website called doesn't mean it's All-Ontario-All-the-Time. When I kick back at night my mood (and sometimes my curiosity) decides my wine of choice. And the title should read, "Uncorked and Un-Screwed Tonight" ... but that just sounds wrong.

Marisco 2010 Pinot Noir Marlborough (New Zealand)

29 Dec 2020

Marisco 2010 Pinot Noir


(July 10, 2020) ... Right after Larry and I tried the 12 Ontario wines it was time to relax - the choice was to sit back with one of the bottles already on the table, or to twist the cap on something else - Larry chose the "something else" ... so, knowing what a Pinot-Hound Larry is I opened one of my favourites from New Zealand (and my last bottle of) Marisco 2010 Pinot Noir from Marlborough, and at ten years of age it barely showed a hint of it: bright, vibrant fruit of both black and sour cherry along with a hint of that telltale earthy note found in Pinot Noirs all over the world (some more some less but seems to almost always be there) and some cran-cherry on the finish ... all backed with great acidity to keep it fresh. No way you would ever judge this to be a 10 year old wine; and it may just have been the best wine of the day.

Masi 2008 Costasera (Italy)

06 Nov 2020

Masi Costasera 2008


(June 23, 2020) ... As a fan of Masi wines I was really looking forward to opening this one, and I was not disappointed. At twelve years of age the wine has a beautiful nose and flavour profile: mocha, black cherry, plum, smoked-cherry all show up, while leathery and smoky notes also appear, but they do add a complexity to the wine that aids in its balance. There is 15% alcohol here so there is an alcohol-inspired sweetness factor here, but also a touch of pepper, some bittersweet chocolate and red licorice find their way into the mix the longer the wine sits open.


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