San Salvatore

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.

Tezza 2006 Amarone delle Valpolicella, Valpantena

22 Mar 2023

Tezza Amarone


Upon opening ... (375ml bottle) - Cork breaks halfway thru, maybe a little over halfway. Thank goodness for the Durand that helped me get the last piece out.

NOSE:  There seems to be some oxidation here with notes of sweet cherry.

TASTE:  Good acidity, maraschino cherry and slightly spicy notes.

1 hr later ...
Notes of cough syrup and Halls and NyQuil, but all with that cherry undertone.

Bottom Line ...
It is / was ready to drink, it did not last longer than 2 hours in the glass, where there was plenty of sediment to sip around. Now that I think about it, it did not make the 2 hours because it was delicious.


Banfi 2016 Rosso di Montalcino, Poggio alle Mura

20 Mar 2023


Upon opening ... Young wine, only 6 years old, cork is in decent shape, there was a little crack and bend to the middle; nothing too odd like wine creeping up. No problems to report. Banfi Poggio Mura Rosso

NOSE:  Raspberry and black cherry aromas ... I'm happy with that.

TASTE:  Palate shows more licorice and cedar than it does the fruits described on the nose, nice tannin structure; within half-an-hour this wine has already begun to change it's character as the fruit starts to drop out.

2 hrs later ... Smooth, across the tongue, those tannins have almost disappeared replaced by licorice and a good level of acidity - though it is getting leaner: there is little else holding my interest.

3 hrs later ... There's very little fruit present, that lean quality has taken over. Cedar is now dominating.

16 hours later ... Dusty ... Not dead, just really dusty.

Bottom Line ... Not a wine to hold anymore. It's ready and ready within the first hour. Enjoy with food and you might get a little longer out of it.


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