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.

Clayhouse Wines 2012 Adobe Red (California)

06 Jul 2017

Adobe Red(June 12, 2016) ... A true kitchen sink blend with 38% Petite Sirah, 34% Zinfandel, 12% Cab Sauv, 10% Syrah, 3% Tempranillo and 2% Malbec ... Not sure how long I would even age this wine, but in relative terms it is quite young and probably drinking it early is best.  Plum, black cherry, and vanilla aromas lead to a palate of chocolate, plum, black cherry, white pepper, nice acidity, and rich, bold flavours - this one's not good for the long haul, but it sure is tasty is the short term.


Gemtree 2007 Uncut Shiraz (Australia)

04 Jul 2017


 (June 10, 2016) ... If you're a wine collector in any way you'll understand when I say, there are certain bottles you cherish so much in your cellar you're afraid to drink them ... This was one of those wines, it held a mythic nature because I had tried it in its youth and it was so yummy but "still needed time" - so you wait for just the right moment and hope that you get it right ... Which brings us to today ...

Crack the cap and away we go:  mocha, white pepper, cassis, smoked-raspberry, subtle eucalyptus notes, some pine and a note of alcohol (not that surprising when a wine is 14.5%) ... But that was just the initial take away; as we delve deeper and time passes it smooths and the smoky black fruit and currants really starts to shine and then pepper settles in as a seam running right through the middle leading to a mocha - raspberry finish.

Whew, hit the right time, now I just wish I had more.


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