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.

Valdivieso 2010 Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Chile)

22 Jan 2021

Valdivieso 2010 Single CS


(August 8, 2020) ... Followers of this column know that during the pandemic I have kept my brother in my bubble and so we head to his house for dinner (again). I always like taking a plethora of wines with me, the reason is I take some old and some new wine and you don't want to be stuck with bad wine (just in case) ... and not all of them make this posting. But this Cabernet Sauvignon, single vineyard from the Valle de Santa Cruz was definitely a highlight of the night. Minty, smoky, dark fruit that showed up as blackberry and cassis was silky yet still with a peppery kick. The acidity kept up it's end of the bargain helping to balance things out. As the wine sat open it got silkier and smoother that did still manage to carry with it some cedary nuances ... With more time open a switch occurred, from dark fruit to sweeter fruit as a big black cherry note swept in with a hint of mocha latte creaminess. It was the first bottle finished as everyone wanted a second glass.


Umani Ronchi 2007 Jorio (Italy)

21 Jan 2021

Jorio 2007


(July 20, 2020) ... It's been a long time since I've been on the road anywhere so the only way to get that "other country feeling" is to drink ... and so in the middle of July I pulled out this bottle of Italian wine from Umani Ronchi that just so happens to be 13 years old. In its youth this was quite a fruity number and well-balanced, now we have leathery and smoky notes but there is still some dark fruit on the nose, while on the palate it's quite cedary with cassis and dried blackberry - not my favorite wine I've tried this summer, but it was certainly good and managed to transport me back to Italy, if just for a little while.


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