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.

Caymus 2014 Zinfandel Napa Valley (California)

16 Sep 2020

Caymus 2014 Zinfandel


(May 31, 2020) ... My first post-CoVid (nope we're not there yet), let's call it post-lock-down dinner, when we were allowed to expand our bubble outside our own house ... so I added my brother and his family into the mix (who else?). It seemed a good reason to celebrate and out came this Zin from Caymus from a vintage where they "simply nailed" Zinfandel. Plum, black cherry, spice-blackberry, hints of chocolate and mocha with vanilla backing. Silky smooth entry with a spicy finish. The more you sip the juicier and more succulent the wine gets, the more enjoyable it is and that long finish throws it to yet another level.



Avenel Cellars 2012 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel (California)

13 Sep 2020

Avenel Cellars


(May 25, 2020) ... Those who follow me know I have a soft spot for Zinfandel (also Gamay and Cabernet Franc), so I can let a few things slide when it comes to this grape - thankfully there is nothing to forgive here. Lots of cassis, blackberry, black cherry, vanilla with hints of smoke and smoked-fruit, like smoked cherry. There's a nice sweet fruit note on the mid-palate and a finish that doles out mocha, coffee bean, cocoa with some subtle cedar character. This wine is in a real sweet spot after 8 years from vintage date.



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