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.

Palazzo Vecchio 2007 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano "Terrarossa" (Italy)

25 Jun 2020

Palazzo Vecchio

 

(April 3, 2020) ... I acquired this bottle directly from the winery on a previous visit during an Anteprima; it was my favourite bottle during my visit and they were nice enough to give me one and told me to hold it and drink it when I got home - though I am sure they did not expect me to hold it for the length of time I did; but, as is the case with many of those special bottles in your cellar, you probably are holding them longer than you should. So the main question was, when I opened it tonight, is it going to be too old, or had I held it to perfection ... let's take a look:

From the get-go there's a lovely sour cherry note that seems persistent throughout; there is also good acidity, hints of forest floor and even some cranberry on the nose. There's an earthy element to the palate, but still with lovely sour red fruit. Rounding out the taste is some gentle spice on the finish with some mouth-drying tannin linger. As the wine opens there's a blackberry note that begins to emerge, along with hints of red currant and cassis. It straddles the line between wanting to be fresh and showing dried fruit - depending on the sip. For a 13 year old wine this was a pure delight.

 

Etim 2006 Seleccion (Spain)

15 May 2020

Etim

(March 29, 2020) ... From the region of Montsant, Spain - this Grenache, Carignan, Syrah blend is aged for 6 months in oak (all taken from the back label of course) ... So 14 years from vintage date and there is an expected forest floor note with smokey and peppery bits ... as it opened earthy, cassis, dried cherry and freeze-dried raspberry also develop in the glass ... as it opened further there seems to be a touch of VA that drifts in and out, then becomes more prominent ... as the wine winds down (ie: begins to die in the glass) it gives off one last gasp of coffee on the finish ... it did last an hour an a half or so, no real complaints here.

 

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