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.

Lander-Jenkins 2011 Spirit Hawk Chardonnay (California)

14 Jul 2017

Lander Jenkins Chardonnay(July 27, 2016) ... With a deep yellow hue this wine is either old or very oaked ... Not sure 5 years from vintage makes it particularly "old" but it sure shows that wood. The nose has retained some rather pleasant vanilla, apricot, and candied almond notes, while the palate has butterscotch, pineapple, vanilla, canned peaches, and a nice richness on the palate ... Acidity seems to be dissipating so it's a wine to consume sooner rather than later.

 

Ben Glaetzer 2004 Heartland Shiraz (Australia)

11 Jul 2017

Heartland 2004(July 21, 2016) ... Not really sure I have anything good to report here:  Either the wood has taken over or there is a slight corkiness to this wine - there is also an undercurrent of smoky, earthy, and bretty notes with some dried dark fruit and leather on the finish. It was far from enjoyable so I had a half glass before I tapped out and dumped the rest. Hey, they can't all be gems.

 

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