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.

Finca El Retiro 2004 Reserva Especial Tempranillo (Argentina)

06 Sep 2017

Finca El Retiro 2004 Tempranillo

 

(June 18, 2016) ... This double edged sword of a wine started out very alcoholic and harsh with earthy and cedary spices, it was hard to get passed the first few sips ... but it's 12 years old so I let it sit open, I even made the attempt to decant it a little, and wouldn't ya know it came back to life:  plum, cassis, and black cherry began to dominate with the earthy-dreary note taking a backseat and it developed a nice spicy kick on the finish ... fresh and lively? No. Better than originally thought? You bet.

 

Yellow Tail 2006 Shiraz, Limited Release (Australia)

01 Sep 2017

 (June 17, 2016) ... Cracked this one with my backyard neighbour who seemed to think I was opening something really special because of the box it came in, I said "please, it's a Yellow Tail", but I have to admit it turned out to be something even more special than even I wasn't expecting.

Surprisingly spicy and layered with peppery, plumy, black cherry, chocolate, red and black currants ... for those who think Yellow Tail is too plain and simple, this one over-delivered especially for its age and pedigree.

 

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