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.

Bogle 2005 Old Vines Zinfandel (California)

21 Aug 2020

Bogle 2005 Zin OV


(April 25, 2020) ... This wine really shows its age, but is still drinkable for those who like, or need, a lesson in old bottles of Old Vines Zin. The nose is just where I thought I might find it: earthy, forest floor and spice with hints of prune and even some herbal nuances ... yes, aeration helps it a bit, but fruit is long gone from this wine and no matter how long it stayed open and was swirled in the glass it still finished finish dry, herbal, tannic and harsh ... even when it came across "smooth" it was still woody-cedary smooth ... "drinkable to a point" - in an every wine is a learning experience kinda way.


Cline Cellars 2005 Ancient Vines Zinfandel (California)

10 Jul 2020

Cline 2005 ZIN

(April 19, 2020) ... At first I thought it was corked, but instead it just had a musty, just-opened-after-a-long-nap note ... Within 15 minutes that blows off and starts to open. There's plenty of dried fruit, smoky notes and even some , prun-ishy-plum cake. As the air continues to get in the dried fruit portion develops more character and definition: dried blackberry & dried black cherry, and as it continues to evolve in the glass an earthy note emerges but the dried fruit lingers on which makes it an interesting sip. This one is over the hill, but not that far, and that is proven out by the acidity and spices still rocking the palate through the finish. By the hour-and-a-half mark the fruit is all but finished showing itself.



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