From the Cellar

Just because I started a website called OntarioWineReview.com 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.

Ornellaia vs Caymus ... Seriously (Italy / California)

25 Jun 2021

 

(December 18, 2020) ... With Christmas dinners put on-hold this year this pre-Xmas get together was the best time to open some pretty iconic bottles before the world shut down again.

Ornellaia 2005Ornellaia 2005 Bolgheri ... when first opened the wine showed aromas of smoky, dark berries, oak and cedar - heavy on the wood notes. But the wine opened quite nicely, showing off some vanilla, cinnamon, the prerequisite forest floor (hey, it's an old wine) plus some mocha and coffee bean. The tannins, while light on their feet (so to speak), but by the time we hit the 3 hour mark more earthy character started to emerge and the fruit started to dissipate and tannins more astringent. Still a lovely bottle, but it's definitely on the downward slope of life.

Caymus 2008Caymus 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ... Maybe an unfair comparison, but definitely fun to do. This is all new world charm and succulent fruit: deep black cherry, dark chocolate, rich tannin backbone and it even shows some really good acidity; as we dive deeper vanilla nuances with hints of spice and a finish loaded with cassis and black cherry all become apparent. Can you hold it longer? Absolutely. Would I wait any longer to drink another bottle (if I had another bottle)? Nope. Do not wait - this is a pure drink now pleasure.

 

 

Sister's Run 2011 Epiphany Shiraz (Australia)

22 Jun 2021

Sister's Run 2011

 

(November 24, 2020) ... I've always liked the simplicity of the wines from Sister's Run, they deliver great flavors at an affordable price; they are aged under screwcap and I do believe a wine under screwcap ages quite well (and some times even better than cork) - this is the first time I have opened up an old bottle of Sister's Run and so this is a new experience for me. Starts off with lots of mocha, leather, licorice, blackberry, plum and even some vanilla-black cherry. The acidity comes across as fake, not exactly helping the wine along, but not exactly deterring from it either - plus there's some weak coffee and herbal notes to the finish. But the middle is lovely and concentrated and screams Barossa Valley, and that's truly all you really want from a bottle of wine that didn't cost you an arm and a leg seven or eight years ago.

 

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