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.

Casa Lapostolle 2004 Clos Apalta

09 Feb 2023

Upon opening ... Apalta Cork

Looks incredibly dark; cork is in perfect shape, no wine creeping up.

Dark, smoky and cedary - it's consistent sniff after sniff.

Fruit is still there, it's dark and brooding; there are some notes of coffee and black licorice, but they are not intrusive. At the 2 hour mark, little has changed; it keeps the dark fruit core with an underlay of cedar and smoky notes - but across the palate it is silky smooth with low-grade tannin grit..

Apalta BottleBottom Line ...
I'd like to say the wine changed through the time I had it open. I sipped on it for over 3 hours, nursing it to see if it would develop anything different; but it did not, it stayed fairly constant, each sip adding a little more or a little less cedar - but the dark fruit seam was always there.



Antinori 2004 Badia a Passsignano (Italy)

06 Feb 2023

Freshly opened / slight chill from the fridge ... The Wine

? Cork is in great shape. Colour is good.

? dark spiced fruit, there's a little earthy and some coffee bean ...

? Got some dried fruit, dry leaves, coffee bean, dried strawberry. This one's in some pretty good shape. Impressive.

40 mins ... Badia 2004
It's starting to open up now ... Showing more fruit and less of those tertiary notes. Interesting.

90 mins ...
Still better than expected - drinks well. Palate is certainly better than the nose, which has gone graphite, pencil shavings and cedar.

120 mins ...
Now we are starting to see a drop off of fruit and the palate has followed the nose. The forest floor notes are coming out more strongly. The wine is drying out with each sip.

150 mins
Now it's all cedar and wood chips.

Bottom Line ...
It had a good run and I enjoyed more than half the bottle. If you have any, don't decant, you'll kill this wine. Take it slow, right from the bottle.


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