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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.

Perrin & Fils 2008 Rasteau L'Andeol - Cotes du Rhone Villages (France)

03 Jan 2019

Perrin & Fils 2008 Rasteau L'Andeol

 

(December 2, 2017) ... Last time I pulled off this two-fer I was away in Ottawa and tried a bottle a night, seems like I'm about to do it again. This time I'm home, it's the weekend and these bottles just started talking to me as I walked in the cellar, "it's time, drink me" ... And this one was right: smooth blackberry, white pepper, hints of graphite and pencil shavings with touches of anise - very tasty and sippable - tomorrow night I'll try the other Perrin. (read what happened here).

 

Wente 2004 Zinfandel - Beyer Ranch (California)

02 Jan 2019

 

Wente 2004 Zinfandel(October 27, 2017) ... As a fan of Zinfandel these old versions excite me, and this Wente pushed all my buttons from nose to palate to finish. The aromas burst from the glass within minutes of opening (my fairly aggressive pour probably helped) chocolate, plum, hints of forest floor, spiced-raspberry and subtle earthy notes; palate proved to be silky with telltale Zin notes of cola and plum plus some interesting older flavours like spiced-balsamic-raspberries and stewed fruit all with a long finish that brought cedar and vanilla to the after-party.

 

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