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.

Carol Shelton 2010 Monga Zin (California)

13 Jul 2021

Monga Zin


(December 25, 2020) ... Slow braised short ribs over a bowl of egg noodles for dinner and thus a bottle of Zin needed to make an appearance; first time that a turkey has not seen my plate on a Christmas night in a long time - and you know what? I was okay with that.  This Carol Shelton Monga was a delight ... it was when I bought it and it is this many years later: leather and black plum kick off the show, on the palate, plus there are some vanilla, cedar and even some port like nuances ... I ate a little and let the wine breathe ... 30-45 minutes later the thing blossomed and bloomed: blackberry jam, good acidity to balance out sweet fruit, nice tannin backbone that smoothed out as it hit the finish and provided notes of ground coffee on the finish. Plus there's a fun little smoky note that was underscored by vanilla and spiced plum. Such a delight and a delicious pairing.


Sister's Run 2011 Epiphany Shiraz (Australia)

22 Jun 2021

Sister's Run 2011


(November 24, 2020) ... I've always liked the simplicity of the wines from Sister's Run, they deliver great flavors at an affordable price; they are aged under screwcap and I do believe a wine under screwcap ages quite well (and some times even better than cork) - this is the first time I have opened up an old bottle of Sister's Run and so this is a new experience for me. Starts off with lots of mocha, leather, licorice, blackberry, plum and even some vanilla-black cherry. The acidity comes across as fake, not exactly helping the wine along, but not exactly deterring from it either - plus there's some weak coffee and herbal notes to the finish. But the middle is lovely and concentrated and screams Barossa Valley, and that's truly all you really want from a bottle of wine that didn't cost you an arm and a leg seven or eight years ago.


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