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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.

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.


Perrin 2009 Cairanne Peyre Blanche (France)

23 Aug 2019

Perrin 2009 Cairanne


(July 12, 2019) ... It's now ten years on and I'm once again opening a bottle of this (my last bottle) Rhone Valley red to see if this once vibrant Cairanne has stood the test of time: initial notes show leathery, smoky, peppery, and dried black fruits that are big on spice with a mineral / stony core, there's also lots of oak and tannin bite ... After the wine has been open an hour there's an addition on the palate of 90% cocoa with some coffee undertones plus the already present dried fruit notes finally get definition in the form of dried black raspberry and there's even a little licorice that sneaks in for additional complexity.  Very dry and saliva sucking, but still a decent bottle.


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