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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.

Lockwood 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon (California)

20 Mar 2019

Lockwood Vineyards


(January 15, 2019) ... Having visited Monterey in the past I know they pride themselves on being a "cool climate" region within California's warm climate, and this wine shows that in this "cool" part of the state you can still grow and age some nice Cabernet. This is a nice piece of winemaking here and it really surprised me at how well it held on: dried dark fruit but with great acid punch that really helps show the wine off in a good light, while still managing to keep it fresh - there's even hints of anise and new leather swimming around in here; the only thing that really gives away its age is the amount of sediment it threw in the bottom of the last glass.


Vina Robles 2008 Red4 (California)

11 Mar 2019

Red4 2008


(December 14, 2018) ... The four in the name of this wine refers to the four grapes that go into this Rhone Valley red blend by way of California:  Syrah (62%), Petite Sirah (34%), Mourvedre (2%), Grenache (2%) ... Now ten years on it is still as beautiful a bottle of wine (as it was in its youth), maybe even better, now that it has had time to settle and the grapes to get used to being together; with lots of dark fruit, plum, blackberry, Christmas spices, vanilla, black cherry - hints of mocha, white pepper and a pretty good hit of tannins ... age has really helped this wine a lot and if I have any more I'd be willing to hold it another 5 years or more.


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