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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.

Lazy Bones Franc & Substantial Cabernet (California / Washington)

06 Jan 2019

Lazy Bones Franc

 

(December 19, 2017) ... Tonight I pulled out two from the US ... Starting with this Central Coast Wine Warehouse 2015 Lazy Bones Cabernet Franc, as a fan of single variety Cabernet Franc, mainly from Ontario, I always like to see other regions take on the grape. This California, Paso Robles, version has fairly aggressive tannins along with spiced plum, cassis, black raspberry, and leaves a fuzzy feeling on the tongue.

Next up, a Washington Cab, Wines of Substance 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, this was a really lovely juicy number in its youth, not that it's so old now, but with some time in bottle it has settled down a bit delivering earthy, spiced-plum, graphite, sour cherry and smoke; it also seems a little drier than the previous juicy incarnation I tried.

 

Perrin & Fils 2009 Vinsobres Les Cornuds (France)

03 Jan 2019

 Perrin & Fils 2009 Vinsobres

(December 3, 2017) ... I have faith in Rhone Valley wines and this Perrin Vinsobres did not disappoint, as with it's brother yesterday the bottle "spoke" to me as I walked into the cellar, "it's time". As mentioned I have had this wine before, I was impressed then, and I'm impressed now. This one starts off a little gritty and chalky but then smooths out delivering on spiced-plum and delicious black raspberry. (read yesterday's Perrin here)

 

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