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 Merlot (California)

14 Dec 2021

Joel Gott Merlot 2015


(January 24, 2021) ... This Joel Gott has a California designation on the label, which means it's not single vineyard, not from any single AVA, It's just a blend of grapes that Joel picked up around the state of California and decided to make a Merlot. It has a juicy note but with a little spice to back it up. There's also some cassis, blackberry and black pepper which seems to dominate the core of this wine. After an hour there's a real nice smoothness and it's a beauty companion with the Dijon-herb pork chops I made for dinner. There's even a mocha note on the nose and red-burgundy cocoa on the palate, which helps to tie that cocoa note together. This is a tasty bottle of wine.


Beringer 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley (California)

30 Nov 2021

Beringer 2012


(January 19, 2021) ... This is a wine that I did both the bottle and decanter versions with (meaning I tried both methods to see which way I enjoyed the wine more) and here's how it turned out ...

Bottle - lots of dark berry fruit and spice with rugged tannins; the acidity is decent with mocha, earthy and smoky notes ... It opens slowly but does smooth out in the end with lots of dark fruit; an exciting way to enjoy a bottle of wine and watch what time can do to it.

Decanted - red fruit with chocolate still smoky with notes of cherry and tobacco but it never really changes from there. The drawback of enjoying a wine decanted is you miss all that middle stuff as the wine opens.

The more exciting version of this wine was the one from bottle, watching it open over the course of 3 hours is definitely more enjoyable than having it ready right away. Once again I prove to myself what I already know to be true - but it's nice to remind oneself every-so-often.


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