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.

E. Guigal 2010 Cotes du Rhone (France)

04 Jun 2021


(November 22, 2020) ... I remember this being an easy bottle of wine to fall in love with, the price was good and the wine inside was great. But let's find out how it ages.Guigal Cote du Rhone

Now at 10 years from vintage I'm still pretty impressed with this wine, especially because I know I paid around $15 for it. Starts off dark-fruited with notes of forest floor, earth & smoke on the nose. On the palate there's a delicious blend of vanilla, anise, sweet cedar, and dried black fruit ... As it opens it starts to layer in more interesting characteristics like mocha, blackberry and cedar. It's a real beauty for a 10 year old wine - it's complex, and at times shows secondary and tertiary layers on the mid-palate, yet finishes with simple cedar notes. For the price this was an excellent bargain.



Kenneth Volk 2008 & Beran 2013 Zinfandels (California)

04 Jun 2021


(November 18, 2020) ... It was rib night at the house, so that meant Zinfandel - I ended up opening two because one was a real disappointing stinker - here's what I opened and my findings:

Kenneth VolkKenneth Volk 2008 Zinfandel Lime Kiln Valley - Enz Vineyard ... I had such high hopes for this wine, I had been saving it for awhile and now I know I should not have done that. The cork was crumbly, it was also soft and pliable (I'm thinking a pour cork from the get-go), it's like the wine was being held in the bottle by a sponge. Upon first sniff it was very raisiny, with grape undertones, as it started to open everything softened and there was a little fruit, some white pepper, some dried plum, some apricot pit, and even some red licorice. But I got the feeling it was going to die very quickly because it was opening faster than I expected a good old Zin to open. By about the half hour mark it started going very sacramental in nature, like Mogan David from New York, sweet, saccharine-y and very unpleasant to drink as a dinner wine. Time to get a new bottle before all the ribs were gone and I had wasted a good night of food on a crappy bottle of wine.

Beran WineryBeran 2013 Zinfandel ... This one came under screw cap, so I had no worries that the cork was going to let me down. Nice rich plum, chocolate, black cherry and delicate spices, actually very delicate spices ... Super plummy with big alcohol bang of 15.3%; I was actually worried that the alcohol was not going to show up as either a smell or a taste, but when it did finally materialize it helped balance out the wine instead of taking away from it. This one was very fruit forward and definitely at its peak, I would not be waiting any longer to open this bottle (if you have any), unless you want things to start drying out and that alcohol to reign supreme.



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