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.

Cline Cellars 2005 Ancient Vines Zinfandel (California)

10 Jul 2020

Cline 2005 ZIN

(April 19, 2020) ... At first I thought it was corked, but instead it just had a musty, just-opened-after-a-long-nap note ... Within 15 minutes that blows off and starts to open. There's plenty of dried fruit, smoky notes and even some , prun-ishy-plum cake. As the air continues to get in the dried fruit portion develops more character and definition: dried blackberry & dried black cherry, and as it continues to evolve in the glass an earthy note emerges but the dried fruit lingers on which makes it an interesting sip. This one is over the hill, but not that far, and that is proven out by the acidity and spices still rocking the palate through the finish. By the hour-and-a-half mark the fruit is all but finished showing itself.



Casale del Giglio 2001 Shiraz + Robert Giraud 2000 Chateau Cotelier (Italy / France)

09 Jul 2020

 Giglio 2001

(April 18, 2020) ... I have tried wines from Casale del Giglio very recently, in fact I did a review video about a very rare wine they make (Casale del Giglio 2017 Cesanese) ... But this is not that wine. This one is made with the Shiraz grape, or in the Shiraz style would be a better way to put it, considering it is made in Italy. At 19 years of age the wine shows plenty of mocha and anise notes upon opening, but also an oxidized cherry, forest floor, smoky and white pepper notes. The acidity is still quite nice and cleans everything out; the finish has a pleasant "red cocoa" effect that both dries and adds a fun bit of tannin bite ... on the fence about this one, but considering its age I give it a pass ... in a good way.

Giraud 2000As for the Robert Giraud 2000 Chateau Cotelier, it was even older than the Giglio and it showed very well too. A blend of 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache and 10% Mourvedre from the Costieres de Nimes - it started off earthy and seemingly oxidized, then it developed some simple sour cherry notes that seemed to stick around for the rest of the evening. It was quite drinkable and enjoyable as it opened, that cherry was dried and helped accentuate everything else nicely.



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