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.

Banfi 2016 Rosso di Montalcino, Poggio alle Mura

20 Mar 2023


Upon opening ... Young wine, only 6 years old, cork is in decent shape, there was a little crack and bend to the middle; nothing too odd like wine creeping up. No problems to report. Banfi Poggio Mura Rosso

NOSE:  Raspberry and black cherry aromas ... I'm happy with that.

TASTE:  Palate shows more licorice and cedar than it does the fruits described on the nose, nice tannin structure; within half-an-hour this wine has already begun to change it's character as the fruit starts to drop out.

2 hrs later ... Smooth, across the tongue, those tannins have almost disappeared replaced by licorice and a good level of acidity - though it is getting leaner: there is little else holding my interest.

3 hrs later ... There's very little fruit present, that lean quality has taken over. Cedar is now dominating.

16 hours later ... Dusty ... Not dead, just really dusty.

Bottom Line ... Not a wine to hold anymore. It's ready and ready within the first hour. Enjoy with food and you might get a little longer out of it.


Dutschke 2013 GHR Neighbours Shiraz

14 Mar 2023


Upon opening ... Crack of the cap, a couple of spins and off comes the stelvin; the wine goes into the glass deep and dark and rich looking. Dutschke

NOSE: Raspberry, blackberry with hints of licorice and chocolate

TASTE: Lots of smoky, gritty tannins. Fruit is subtle and lingers in the background - but it materialize mostly on the finish ... This tastes like it is going to be interesting.

1:30 hrs later ...
The wine is beginning to smooth out, still a little gritty, but the blackberry and cassis are showing, along with spiced-plum and even the dark chocolate is stepping up.

3:00 hrs later ...
There's a peppery note that is weaving itself around that dark fruit, the tannins have softened a little more. Might put the clock on this one and try again tomorrow...

22 hours later ...
Goodbye tannins, hello black pepper, mocha, spiced-plum, silky dark fruit and a long finish. What started out rugged turned into a wine of depth, complexity and flavour to spare.

Bottom Line ...
Those who doubt screwcap wine: think they are for cheap, drink now wines, need to rejigger their perceptions - this was a tough wine in hour one, but by the next day it was pure pleasure on the palate. Have some? Hold some. Or just drink it over a few days and be in awe. Magical.

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