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.

Vina Albali 1998 Gran Reserva (Spain)

06 Nov 2018

Vina Albali


(April 2, 2017) ... This wine is tertiary all the way with woodsy, herbal, and spice notes ... For an almost 20 year old bottle this is still alive with acidity and the tertiary characteristics are interesting to pick out, but the fruit is long gone.


Reds of March (Chile / Australia / Spain)

05 Oct 2018


Panul(March 18, 2017) ... An experimental red night with some stuff pulled out of the cellar for it's intrigue more than anything else:

Panul 2005 Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon - Chile ... This was middling wine, meaning I could take it or leave it: port-like in it's flavours with dried cherry and plum, hint of pruney-ness on the finish, while a little pop of mint gives it some charm.

Santa Rita 2010 Medalla Real Cabernet Sauvignon - Chile ... A little on the dusty side but still drinkable with that telltale mint Chile is known for plus some smoky, cedary notes and dried black fruits.

SkillogaleeSkillogalee 2003 Basket Pressed Shiraz - Australia ... The oldest and best wine of the night, still had a freshness to it that made it fun to go back to: eucalyptus, spice, peppery, plumy, raspberry and red currant; the long finish was surprising and so was the amount of fruit it retained. Wow.

Bodegas Borsao 2007 Monte Oton - Spain ... Plastic cork resulted in dried out fruit: Nasty


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