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.

Joel Gott 2015 Washington Red (Washington)

03 Jan 2022

Gott Washington


(February 2, 2021) ... A blend of 49% Cabernet Sauvignon / 36% Merlot / 9% Syrah and 6% Malbec - Gott makes some nice, easy drinking, drink-now California wines, but this is the first time I have seen the word "Washington" adorning his labels. Cassis, mocha, black cherry, and earthy notes kick this one off, then it opens to smoky-oaky, herbal and licorice. It's just on the cusp of blah - and when I put some of the wine into a decanter it totally killed the wine ... sadly this is just an old red wine that died before its time - to me 6 years from vintage date is still pretty young.


Caymus 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection (California)

23 Dec 2021

Caymus 2004


(January 30, 2021) ... Starts off with leathery and smoky notes followed by dark berry fruit, oak, and vanilla, which starts to emerge after about 15-20 minutes of being open. After an hour to an hour-and-a-half the alcohol starts to permeate the nose, then it comes to the palate, by this time I spun the bottle around and see that it is 15.2% - the alcohol has now come to play and stays there ... by the hour two-and-a-half hour mark it's chewy with mocha , black cherry, and chocolate but that alcohol keeps getting in the way. Rats.



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