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.

Two Tarapaca Carmenere Reservas (Chile)

14 Oct 2021

Tarapaca Carm Reserve

 

(January 10, 2021) ... Another of my famous finds in the cellar selections, this time I found two different vintages of the same wine - these used to be great examples of the grape, but how have they held up? Time to find out:

2002 ...  My notes start out like this: not the greatest, has a sweet cherry vanilla note but the nose is full of volatile acidity, leather and licorice ... then comes the chemical perm, oak, and spice -  interesting but kinda scary ... then 20 minutes later it's turned leathery, weedy and port-esque, very off-putting. Dead in 30 minutes. The best part of this wine was the first 10 minutes.

2006 ... Another atrocious nose but the palate seems to be okay - leather, pruney, burnt coffee, spiced oak, dried cherry with more leather on the finish ... opens up fresher, smoother and silkier than one would expect with a touch of dried dark fruit and mocha. This one was at least drinkable for longer.

 

Emmolo 2013 Merlot, Napa Valley (California)

06 Aug 2021

Emmolo Merlot

 

(January 9, 2021) ... Threw myself an odd little dinner party on this night, odd during the height of a pandemic, but this might have been one of those mid-points when we were allowed a few people in our presence. I seem to be showing off some Merlot this evening and also some Ontario wines that will be showcased in a different post on another part of the website - post coming soon.

But let's kick this post off talking about the Emmolo 2013 Merlot from Napa Valley. This is what good Cali-Merlot is all about: blackberry, cassis, plum and black cherry, with sweet black currant backing it up; plus there's some silkiness to the palate, but also some gentle white pepper and delicate spice - this truly is a fruit forward number that's deep, rich and opulent.

 

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