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.

d'Arenberg 2002 The Dead Arm Shiraz (Australia)

29 Jan 2021

Dead Arm 2002

 

(August 14, 2020) ... Not sure what possesses me to show off Australian wines to Australian people, considering when they were over there they could probably get these wines for the same price, if not cheaper - and probably drank them as well; but sometimes it's fun to see if they can pick out their older wines, especially when they are winemakers who grew up and learned the ropes Down Under.

Tonight I had one such candidate over for a socially distanced fire and wine tasting - after which we raided the cellar and found this 18-year-old Dead Arm Shiraz: smoky dark fruit that showed off hints of plum, spice, and cedar on the nose. The plum notes continued on the palate becoming more dominant the longer it sat in glass. The acidity seems to keep everything in check because it lacks that jamminess you expect to find in Aussie Shiraz, but it definitely has retained that peppery note, this time it is layered with white pepper and red peppercorns.

 

Masi 2010 Serego Alighieri Possession Rosso (Italy)

28 Jan 2021

 

Masi 2010 Serego(August 9, 2020) ... These days as I sit around on a Sunday my first thought in the morning turns to the evening "what I'm going to open with dinner?" Will it be something fresh or will I dive deep into the cellar and try something older? Hey, don't judge, you probably do it too these days.

Tonight I went midway with a 2010 from Italy. This Masi starts earthy and leathery and just seems like it's going to be a tough mess, but it quickly moves into spiced-plum and even spiced-blackberry; then as if not wanting me to get too comfortable with where it's at it switches again, now we have spicy dark fruit, cedar and licorice. After about an hour in and it's super smooth and lush with coffee, licorice, and spiced-plum - what a dynamite wine that was layered right from the beginning.

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