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.

Masi 2008 Costasera (Italy)

06 Nov 2020

Masi Costasera 2008

 

(June 23, 2020) ... As a fan of Masi wines I was really looking forward to opening this one, and I was not disappointed. At twelve years of age the wine has a beautiful nose and flavour profile: mocha, black cherry, plum, smoked-cherry all show up, while leathery and smoky notes also appear, but they do add a complexity to the wine that aids in its balance. There is 15% alcohol here so there is an alcohol-inspired sweetness factor here, but also a touch of pepper, some bittersweet chocolate and red licorice find their way into the mix the longer the wine sits open.

 

Duorum 2010 Douro (Portugal)

05 Nov 2020

 

Duorum 2010(June 21, 2020) ... I visited this winery a number of years ago, and was impressed with the quality of the wines (I also attended a dinner that highlighted the wines, back in 2010), and now this bottle materialized from my cellar and it was time to see if my impressive-take on their wines was misplaced or spot on.  

This was a gorgeous bottle right from the get go: anise, leather and dark fruit get the ball rolling, the tannins are punchy, but with good backing acidity. As it sits open and in the glass there's cassis and black pepper that shows up - a little longer and we have a change in the fruit from pseudo-fresh dark fruit to a more baked and stewed plum, but there is also a hint of dark-chocolate-covered coffee bean ... by the time the bottle is finished there's mocha and sour raspberry lingering on the back palate. I think I caught this wine before it fell off the cliff of "too old" because this Goldilocks bottle was 'just right'.

 

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