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.

Carmen 2002 Syrah Reserve (Chile)

25 Jun 2020

Carmen 2002 Syrah

 

(April 5, 2020) ... I dove deep into the cellar for this one, a 2020 Syrah from Chile that probably cost me $15 or less at the time of purchase - for sure it was one of those drink now (or in the next few years) kinda wines that my cellar is noted for; because it is all a learning experience if nothing else. So I popped the cork and gave this "unfiltered" 18 year old bottle a try.

I am greeted by smoky, peppery and cedary notes with dried dark fruit and cinnamon powder - interesting - the first part is expected while the second has me sipping again and again. As the wine opens the dark fruit begins to emerge and take shape: cassis and dried cherry. And then it continues its journey opening more and becoming better and fuller, and with each passing 10 minutes and each subsequent sip I become more and more surprised by this wine to the point of writing "fucking gorgeous" on my note pad.

Carmen glass of gooAn hour and a half later, it's still getting better with its gentle spice and pepper with dark fruit backing - this bottle tastes younger the more it opens - and it's a revelation as to some of the gems I truly have in my cellar. Also, check out the "unfiltered" mess at the bottom of the glass (on the left).

 

 

Palazzo Vecchio 2007 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano "Terrarossa" (Italy)

25 Jun 2020

Palazzo Vecchio

 

(April 3, 2020) ... I acquired this bottle directly from the winery on a previous visit during an Anteprima; it was my favourite bottle during my visit and they were nice enough to give me one and told me to hold it and drink it when I got home - though I am sure they did not expect me to hold it for the length of time I did; but, as is the case with many of those special bottles in your cellar, you probably are holding them longer than you should. So the main question was, when I opened it tonight, is it going to be too old, or had I held it to perfection ... let's take a look:

From the get-go there's a lovely sour cherry note that seems persistent throughout; there is also good acidity, hints of forest floor and even some cranberry on the nose. There's an earthy element to the palate, but still with lovely sour red fruit. Rounding out the taste is some gentle spice on the finish with some mouth-drying tannin linger. As the wine opens there's a blackberry note that begins to emerge, along with hints of red currant and cassis. It straddles the line between wanting to be fresh and showing dried fruit - depending on the sip. For a 13 year old wine this was a pure delight.

 

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