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.

Casale del Giglio 2001 Shiraz + Robert Giraud 2000 Chateau Cotelier (Italy / France)

09 Jul 2020

 Giglio 2001

(April 18, 2020) ... I have tried wines from Casale del Giglio very recently, in fact I did a review video about a very rare wine they make (Casale del Giglio 2017 Cesanese) ... But this is not that wine. This one is made with the Shiraz grape, or in the Shiraz style would be a better way to put it, considering it is made in Italy. At 19 years of age the wine shows plenty of mocha and anise notes upon opening, but also an oxidized cherry, forest floor, smoky and white pepper notes. The acidity is still quite nice and cleans everything out; the finish has a pleasant "red cocoa" effect that both dries and adds a fun bit of tannin bite ... on the fence about this one, but considering its age I give it a pass ... in a good way.

Giraud 2000As for the Robert Giraud 2000 Chateau Cotelier, it was even older than the Giglio and it showed very well too. A blend of 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache and 10% Mourvedre from the Costieres de Nimes - it started off earthy and seemingly oxidized, then it developed some simple sour cherry notes that seemed to stick around for the rest of the evening. It was quite drinkable and enjoyable as it opened, that cherry was dried and helped accentuate everything else nicely.



Wente 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Charles Wetmore (California)

03 Jul 2020

Wente 2013 Wetmore Cab


(April 17, 2020) ... "Goddamn ... This Wente 2013 Livermore Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is stunning / gorgeous / awesome ... I can not find enough superlatives to describe this wine, but the fruit is on point, the tannins are soft and the acidity keeps everything in check."  

That was my Instagram post, what I did not write after that was the rest of the review, instead saving it for those who would read it here. Dark fruit with semi-soft tannins and some nice cedar and mineral notes on the finish ... It's not fruit forward, but it is sufficiently fruit enhanced that it was a pure delight to drink and very food friendly ... as it opened it also added a bit of coffee bean to the finish; and that added to the complexity and the enjoyment of this 7 year old bottle.


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