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.

Hartley Ostini 2009 Hometown Pinot Noir (California)

27 Aug 2019

HItching Post 2009 PN


(August 7, 2019) ... A ten year old Pinot from California that grew in fame because of the movie Sideways, where the Hitching Post was the restaurant of choice and Pinot Noir was front and center - believe it or not that movie is now 15 years old, and while the movie has aged well ( I still throw it into the blu-ray player every so often ) so has this wine (made from grapes harvested 5 years after the movie's release). Part of its longevity is due to the screwcap closure, which has allowed it to age slowly, it is still quite fruit forward but now a little licorice has appeared amongst the earthiness, there's also good spice and acidity to balance it all out.


Perez Cruz 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Limited Edition (Chile)

23 Aug 2019

Perez Cruz 2015 LE Cab Sauv


(July 17, 2019) ... if I'm not mistaken a video review of this wine was released within the past year, so it feels kinda redundant  to make a "from the cellar" note, but this wine continues to impress. It has been At least two years since I tried the wine and it is evolving beautifully, adding layers and complexity as it goes. Lots of minty, cassis, spice and acidity; where this wine totally wins you over is on the long finish which replays the mint and peppery-spices over and over ... This wine paired perfect with tonight's dinner: a mid-rare steak with a coffee rub.


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