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.

Umani Ronchi 2007 Jorio (Italy)

21 Jan 2021

Jorio 2007


(July 20, 2020) ... It's been a long time since I've been on the road anywhere so the only way to get that "other country feeling" is to drink ... and so in the middle of July I pulled out this bottle of Italian wine from Umani Ronchi that just so happens to be 13 years old. In its youth this was quite a fruity number and well-balanced, now we have leathery and smoky notes but there is still some dark fruit on the nose, while on the palate it's quite cedary with cassis and dried blackberry - not my favorite wine I've tried this summer, but it was certainly good and managed to transport me back to Italy, if just for a little while.


Banfi 2008 La Lus Albarossa (Italy)

30 Dec 2020

Banfi La Lus 2008


(July 11, 2020) ... When I first tried this wine it was back in 2012 and it was a wine made for "quick consumption" ... but it was also a wine made with a new grape, which crossed Nebbiolo and Barbera, both of which have good ageing potential and are known for good acidity - so why would this new wine not age? I held a bottle of two ... and I held it and I held it --- 12 years later (or ten years from the first time I tried it) I opened the bottle and found the following:

Cafe mocha ... yes it started out with a cafe mocha like note, but also plenty of fruit: blackberry, black cherry, blueberry, sour raspberry, along with delicate white and red peppercorns - but the thing that really stuck out was the acidity, a big, heavy punch of acidity - it did not hurt the wine, what it did manage to do is keep it feeling fresh. So for those at Banfi who originally believed this wine was not for ageing ... think again - I have more bottles in the cellar, let's see what happens.


take a look at the original article about this wine

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