Name: Peter Lehmann Weightbridge ShirazYear: 2010Country: AustraliaFirst Sipped: The WoodsGrape: ShirazLCBO List Price: $14.95Paired with: leftover Cinco de Mayo fare and Lethal Weapon
Impressions: J
Awhile back I fell in love with Clancy’s Red - another Peter Lehmann wine, part ‘cos of the label - I’ll admit it - part due to the good things I’d read.  So as I strolled through the LCBO tonight whilst m’lady was picking up a few staples at the grocery store, I saw the familiar red cap adorned with a black deck of cards club, and grabbed a bottle.
Neat label on this one too - and the instant scent off the bottle was fresh and breezie - like the way you smell laundered sheets hanging on the line on a summers day… The taste was crisp, a little sharp - and I’m sensing some notes of cherry; Hob Nob style (and if you’ve been following this blog, you know my thoughts on that bottle).  But, it wasn’t over-powering, it was just a subtle ‘there’.  As I continued to drink this, it lost a bit of the cherry and the bitey-ness set in.
Bitey then cherry, then bitey then cherry, guess my biggest take away is that this couldn’t figure out what it wanted to be.  But, maybe that’s the way it is with Shiraz - couldn’t tell you.  
2.5 corks out of 5.Liked the label more than the flavour. 
Impressions: Sheri
Perhaps it’s the delicious meal that we had with this that made the wine itself fall short of good first impressions, but right off the bat it was not the wine for me. It has a bold, strong flavour - but it’s undertone is somewhat bitter and earthy. 
A glass down and that initial flavour is still prevalent. The wine is decent but lacking in any smoothness, biting back even as an aftertaste. 
Overall, a disappointment as we’ve tried others from this brand and expected a touch better. 
2.5 out of 5 corks. 

Name: Peter Lehmann Weightbridge Shiraz
Year: 2010
Country: Australia
First Sipped: The Woods
Grape: Shiraz
LCBO List Price: $14.95
Paired with: leftover Cinco de Mayo fare and Lethal Weapon

Impressions: J

Awhile back I fell in love with Clancy’s Red - another Peter Lehmann wine, part ‘cos of the label - I’ll admit it - part due to the good things I’d read.  So as I strolled through the LCBO tonight whilst m’lady was picking up a few staples at the grocery store, I saw the familiar red cap adorned with a black deck of cards club, and grabbed a bottle.

Neat label on this one too - and the instant scent off the bottle was fresh and breezie - like the way you smell laundered sheets hanging on the line on a summers day… The taste was crisp, a little sharp - and I’m sensing some notes of cherry; Hob Nob style (and if you’ve been following this blog, you know my thoughts on that bottle).  But, it wasn’t over-powering, it was just a subtle ‘there’.  As I continued to drink this, it lost a bit of the cherry and the bitey-ness set in.

Bitey then cherry, then bitey then cherry, guess my biggest take away is that this couldn’t figure out what it wanted to be.  But, maybe that’s the way it is with Shiraz - couldn’t tell you.  

2.5 corks out of 5.
Liked the label more than the flavour. 


Impressions: Sheri

Perhaps it’s the delicious meal that we had with this that made the wine itself fall short of good first impressions, but right off the bat it was not the wine for me. It has a bold, strong flavour - but it’s undertone is somewhat bitter and earthy. 

A glass down and that initial flavour is still prevalent. The wine is decent but lacking in any smoothness, biting back even as an aftertaste. 

Overall, a disappointment as we’ve tried others from this brand and expected a touch better. 

2.5 out of 5 corks. 

Name: King pop-in good chat red Year: 2011Country: CanadaFirst Sipped: Casa KingGrape: Not sureLCBO List Price: $NAPaired with: Jerusalem artichokes, dandelion greens, asparagus, green garlic and shepherds pie
Impressions: J
You know, there’s a lot of stuff that you don’t know about people until you spend a little bit of time eating some food and having a few laughs.  Primarily, how decent the human race is… which - yeah, you know, but “I” still have some trouble remembering that.
Take a guy I’ve known of for many years - we’re proll’y going back 10 or 15 - back from the day.  A music venue, bands that played in and around each other - commonalities with folks we knew - big chunk of my life.  Over now, and I moved out to a cottage in the woods without regard for any of that part of the life.  One day stumble across a “hey, I know you” incident with a fella who moved out the same way.  
So skip ahead a bazillion years, where’s that leave us?  Well - over the course of Facebook and a few years, Jay and I have chatted back and forth.  Mostly comments on each others posts - parks our kids play in, tractor pulls we both attend - but we’ve never actually grabbed a cold one and shot the proverbial shit… Or “manure” as it’s called out this way.
So - I’m driving home from a trip to a ‘big town’ 45 minutes away, and see a posting on Facebook that Jay had a bunch of veggies out of the garden and was rhetorically querying ”what to do” with the vegetables.  I just happened to have a case of beer in ice in the back of the car as I was heading to a big music memorial party that night - and figured his we could solve this together.  
It was a perfect storm.  
Now - dropping in on people is not something I do - ever.  But, the prettiest and wisest lady I know is always giving advice to me on making friends, and I figured a drop in filled that category and went for it.
Great decision - Jay opened up the home and his lovely wife joined us for a wonderful lunch of asparagus and jerusalem artichokes fried up with some dandelion greens and garlic.  We killed a few ice cold Organics and then the bottle of wine came out.  With these wonderful hosts and we chatted about the local community, art, music, growing vegetables in the North - life stuff.  
It was truly an enjoyable and wonderful experience - one I hope to revisit on an ongoing basis (and has led to serious conversations of gardening at our place*). 
So enough about the great folks - what about the wine? The wine was made from a collection of grapes I know nothing about - but purchased through some good old fashioned ‘who knows who’ Italian network of grocery store speciality shipping.  The taste was as clean as clean - first mouthful was crisp, but not bitey.  Just crisp - and clean… Have to keep coming back to that, it was clean.
There was no harshness to the wine, none whatsoever - went down like water and I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed a bottle go down with such ease.
Fantastic out of fantastic.
Lessons learned - you don’t need an LCBO to have a good glass of wine.  Probably tasted even better due to the chickens running around out front while we chatted - and the flavour enhanced by the simplicity of how the whole thing came together.  
*side note - there’s a 36 square-foot garden getting crazy with corn, potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, onions, garlic plus a whack of jerusalem artichokes at the Woods now… Hey Mr. and Mrs. King - you’ve a standing invitation for dinner!

Name: King pop-in good chat red 
Year: 2011
Country: Canada
First Sipped: Casa King
Grape: Not sure
LCBO List Price: $NA
Paired with: Jerusalem artichokes, dandelion greens, asparagus, green garlic and shepherds pie

Impressions: J

You know, there’s a lot of stuff that you don’t know about people until you spend a little bit of time eating some food and having a few laughs.  Primarily, how decent the human race is… which - yeah, you know, but “I” still have some trouble remembering that.

Take a guy I’ve known of for many years - we’re proll’y going back 10 or 15 - back from the day.  A music venue, bands that played in and around each other - commonalities with folks we knew - big chunk of my life.  Over now, and I moved out to a cottage in the woods without regard for any of that part of the life.  One day stumble across a “hey, I know you” incident with a fella who moved out the same way.  

So skip ahead a bazillion years, where’s that leave us?  Well - over the course of Facebook and a few years, Jay and I have chatted back and forth.  Mostly comments on each others posts - parks our kids play in, tractor pulls we both attend - but we’ve never actually grabbed a cold one and shot the proverbial shit… Or “manure” as it’s called out this way.

So - I’m driving home from a trip to a ‘big town’ 45 minutes away, and see a posting on Facebook that Jay had a bunch of veggies out of the garden and was rhetorically querying ”what to do” with the vegetables.  I just happened to have a case of beer in ice in the back of the car as I was heading to a big music memorial party that night - and figured his we could solve this together.  

It was a perfect storm.  

Now - dropping in on people is not something I do - ever.  But, the prettiest and wisest lady I know is always giving advice to me on making friends, and I figured a drop in filled that category and went for it.

Great decision - Jay opened up the home and his lovely wife joined us for a wonderful lunch of asparagus and jerusalem artichokes fried up with some dandelion greens and garlic.  We killed a few ice cold Organics and then the bottle of wine came out.  With these wonderful hosts and we chatted about the local community, art, music, growing vegetables in the North - life stuff.  

It was truly an enjoyable and wonderful experience - one I hope to revisit on an ongoing basis (and has led to serious conversations of gardening at our place*). 

So enough about the great folks - what about the wine? The wine was made from a collection of grapes I know nothing about - but purchased through some good old fashioned ‘who knows who’ Italian network of grocery store speciality shipping.  The taste was as clean as clean - first mouthful was crisp, but not bitey.  Just crisp - and clean… Have to keep coming back to that, it was clean.

There was no harshness to the wine, none whatsoever - went down like water and I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed a bottle go down with such ease.

Fantastic out of fantastic.

Lessons learned - you don’t need an LCBO to have a good glass of wine.  Probably tasted even better due to the chickens running around out front while we chatted - and the flavour enhanced by the simplicity of how the whole thing came together.  

*side note - there’s a 36 square-foot garden getting crazy with corn, potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, onions, garlic plus a whack of jerusalem artichokes at the Woods now… Hey Mr. and Mrs. King - you’ve a standing invitation for dinner!

Name: (Sabor Real) Viñas CentenariasYear: 2007Country: SpainFirst Sipped: The WoodsGrape: TempranilloLCBO List Price: $15.00Paired with: Homemade beef sliders, salad and a hand-rolled palmora cigar
Impressions: J
Prodigy spun a tune called “Smack My Bitch Up”, and on first sip of this Spanish delight, I indeed was said bitch - with the slapping.
Holy Christ of all high is this a robust flavour.  Dark and smokey it made me run for my cigar cutter - because I couldn’t let this one dance alone.
This isn’t the douchery of wine-speak, but the flavour is dark, like heavy old-English wood, the aroma (or whatever) isn’t over powering but simply full and confident… Thinking of a velour smoking jacket; soft in texture, deep in touch - the entire experience is absolutely wonderful.
Second glass: Holy, sweet, crap. This is thick, warm, comfortable and all around wonderful.  I’m a huge fan - instant fan.  Bold without being overbearing, this Tempranillo from Toro (There’s a Dean Martin song in there) is perfect.
5 corks out of 5.Buy a second bottle. 
Impressions: Sheri
I don’t think that there has been a Spanish wine that I don’t like. This one is no exception. The last few bottles we’ve tried and tested have been sub-par, so it was a very pleasant surprise to pair our sliders & salad with this tonight. 
It’s smokey and smooth. It’s crisp and warm. Perhaps those descriptives don’t seem to go together (like PB&J) but they work in my mind and you may agree if you try out Viñas. Now, as with every review, we’re by no means sommeliers, but you’d be doing yourself a disservice to ignore this one if you see it on the shelves of the LCBO. And I’d be doing myself a disservice by not having a couple bottles on hand for the upcoming holiday season - which I’m sure will be bringing many different bottles to our home for more fun reviews. 
Ok - ramble over. Another glass. My rating:
4.5/5 corks!

Name: (Sabor Real) Viñas Centenarias
Year: 2007
Country: Spain
First Sipped: The Woods
Grape: Tempranillo
LCBO List Price: $15.00
Paired with: Homemade beef sliders, salad and a hand-rolled palmora cigar

Impressions: J

Prodigy spun a tune called “Smack My Bitch Up”, and on first sip of this Spanish delight, I indeed was said bitch - with the slapping.

Holy Christ of all high is this a robust flavour.  Dark and smokey it made me run for my cigar cutter - because I couldn’t let this one dance alone.

This isn’t the douchery of wine-speak, but the flavour is dark, like heavy old-English wood, the aroma (or whatever) isn’t over powering but simply full and confident… Thinking of a velour smoking jacket; soft in texture, deep in touch - the entire experience is absolutely wonderful.

Second glass: Holy, sweet, crap. This is thick, warm, comfortable and all around wonderful.  I’m a huge fan - instant fan.  Bold without being overbearing, this Tempranillo from Toro (There’s a Dean Martin song in there) is perfect.

5 corks out of 5.
Buy a second bottle. 


Impressions: Sheri

I don’t think that there has been a Spanish wine that I don’t like. This one is no exception. The last few bottles we’ve tried and tested have been sub-par, so it was a very pleasant surprise to pair our sliders & salad with this tonight. 

It’s smokey and smooth. It’s crisp and warm. Perhaps those descriptives don’t seem to go together (like PB&J) but they work in my mind and you may agree if you try out Viñas. Now, as with every review, we’re by no means sommeliers, but you’d be doing yourself a disservice to ignore this one if you see it on the shelves of the LCBO. And I’d be doing myself a disservice by not having a couple bottles on hand for the upcoming holiday season - which I’m sure will be bringing many different bottles to our home for more fun reviews. 

Ok - ramble over. Another glass. My rating:

4.5/5 corks!

Name: Frisky Zebras Year: 2011Country: South AfricaFirst Sipped: The WoodsGrape: “Seductive” ShirazLCBO List Price: $9.95Paired with: Triscuits, marble cheese, Tuscan Meatball soup.
Impressions: J
Who want’s a kick in the pants?
I’m not talking about a frolic of laughter and giggles, I’m talking about an honest to goodness fiercely thrust foot, straight in the crotch portion of your trousers… so to speak.
First off - my fault.Who the hell buys a wine called Frisky Effin’ Zebras and has any expectations higher than a label that says “do not use on porcelain surfaces”? But there may have been a mini buying spree and thoughts of “could be a hidden gem” came over me.
First thoughts as I twisted off the black cap that came adorned with a single white heart (cos Zebras are black and white (or white and black, depending on your point of view)) and the smell wafted across the kitchen. 
Sheri didn’t notice until I’d poured us each a glass (which I refer now to as “decanting”), and asked if I could smell it - smell it? Jesus, it was all I could smell.
First sip, and I wish we were having English style fish and chips, ‘cos I would be pouring this all over those fries and putting the malt vinegar in my glass instead.
Top it off, we’re eating Cracker Barrel light cheese - what the hell is that doing in the fridge?  It has all the substance of a cube of papier-mâché and the density of a stone - and only enhances the viciousness of the tart this frisky vino is delivering.
Apparently the wine is “as unique as the endangered Grevy’s zebras of Africa”, which does absolutely nothing for the wildlife preserve in my mind - in fact, I’m thinking about going on safari and putting an end to the ‘endangered’ status if this is all the contribution we’re getting out of these beasts…
Decent enough legs and a second glass are making me rethink my harshness - and then I take another bite of the cheese… If I was Bruce Banner I’d be splitting my slacks and tearing the buttons off my shirt right now from the rage I’m in over weak cheese and a glass of red vinegar - - - then take another sip.
Ok - final thoughts:If you can punch your way through the smell, ignore the stinging in your mouth as you sip, stomach the burn that accompanies a swallow and push past the near immediate gurgle in your stomach - and drink enough of this, it’s a passable 3rd bottle of an evening.
Also, it’s making my mouth kind of cottony. 

1.2 corks out of 5 for me. 
Impressions: Sheri
Typically I exaggerate about the way things really are… Y’know… I ate too much and I weigh a billion pounds, or I’m so hungry I could eat a horse, or something of the like. Well when it comes to the taste of alcohol (liquors and wines), I’ve often exaggerated and said that it smelled like rubbing alcohol - uber cheap vodka in particular. So while I’ve made my case for my constant exaggerations, believe me when I say it this time. 
This wine smells like rubbing alcohol. I could put it on a cotton ball and disinfect something with it. 
It has a very odd taste (likely even more odd because of the rubbing alcohol smell coming out of my glass as I try to find the other qualities). 
So unfortunately while I love to write these reviews, it’s hard to find something to say about this one. 
It’s not a try-again, or an ok-to-see-it-on-the-table… It’s just a never-again-not-in-this-lifetime kind of wine (OK - there I go exaggerating again). 
1.5/5 corks (gets a bonus 0.5 for cute bottle and the name Frisky Zebras)

Name: Frisky Zebras 
Year: 2011
Country: South Africa
First Sipped: The Woods
Grape: “Seductive” Shiraz
LCBO List Price: $9.95
Paired with: Triscuits, marble cheese, Tuscan Meatball soup.

Impressions: J

Who want’s a kick in the pants?

I’m not talking about a frolic of laughter and giggles, I’m talking about an honest to goodness fiercely thrust foot, straight in the crotch portion of your trousers… so to speak.

First off - my fault.
Who the hell buys a wine called Frisky Effin’ Zebras and has any expectations higher than a label that says “do not use on porcelain surfaces”? But there may have been a mini buying spree and thoughts of “could be a hidden gem” came over me.

First thoughts as I twisted off the black cap that came adorned with a single white heart (cos Zebras are black and white (or white and black, depending on your point of view)) and the smell wafted across the kitchen. 

Sheri didn’t notice until I’d poured us each a glass (which I refer now to as “decanting”), and asked if I could smell it - smell it? Jesus, it was all I could smell.

First sip, and I wish we were having English style fish and chips, ‘cos I would be pouring this all over those fries and putting the malt vinegar in my glass instead.

Top it off, we’re eating Cracker Barrel light cheese - what the hell is that doing in the fridge?  It has all the substance of a cube of papier-mâché and the density of a stone - and only enhances the viciousness of the tart this frisky vino is delivering.

Apparently the wine is “as unique as the endangered Grevy’s zebras of Africa”, which does absolutely nothing for the wildlife preserve in my mind - in fact, I’m thinking about going on safari and putting an end to the ‘endangered’ status if this is all the contribution we’re getting out of these beasts…

Decent enough legs and a second glass are making me rethink my harshness - and then I take another bite of the cheese… If I was Bruce Banner I’d be splitting my slacks and tearing the buttons off my shirt right now from the rage I’m in over weak cheese and a glass of red vinegar - - - then take another sip.

Ok - final thoughts:
If you can punch your way through the smell, ignore the stinging in your mouth as you sip, stomach the burn that accompanies a swallow and push past the near immediate gurgle in your stomach - and drink enough of this, it’s a passable 3rd bottle of an evening.

Also, it’s making my mouth kind of cottony. 

1.2 corks out of 5 for me. 


Impressions: Sheri

Typically I exaggerate about the way things really are… Y’know… I ate too much and I weigh a billion pounds, or I’m so hungry I could eat a horse, or something of the like. Well when it comes to the taste of alcohol (liquors and wines), I’ve often exaggerated and said that it smelled like rubbing alcohol - uber cheap vodka in particular. So while I’ve made my case for my constant exaggerations, believe me when I say it this time. 

This wine smells like rubbing alcohol. I could put it on a cotton ball and disinfect something with it. 

It has a very odd taste (likely even more odd because of the rubbing alcohol smell coming out of my glass as I try to find the other qualities). 

So unfortunately while I love to write these reviews, it’s hard to find something to say about this one. 

It’s not a try-again, or an ok-to-see-it-on-the-table… It’s just a never-again-not-in-this-lifetime kind of wine (OK - there I go exaggerating again). 

1.5/5 corks (gets a bonus 0.5 for cute bottle and the name Frisky Zebras)

Name: Beach House
Year: 2008
Country: South Africa
First Sipped: The Woods
Grape: Blend
LCBO List Price: $9.95
Paired with: BBQ chicken, BBq vegetables, marble cheese and Moishes pickles

Impressions: J

Peppery.

Boom goes the dynamite.

It’s a sassy little number that doesn’t quit.

I’m loving this wine… even if it does say “s’mores” on the label
Listen - we own a fire pit… and an awesome one at that - we’ve made s’mores a dozen + times - and I’ll provide a resounding “pfffffffft!” who, cares.

Chips, I get.
Pretzels and Guldens - with you.
Jiffy Pop - I’m there.
Another bottle and a half-corona; count me in.

But honestly - this wine does it.
love.
honest to goodness love.
Even with Sheri asking “are you done? you’re rambling” - I still dig it.

Will buy again.

4.8 corks out of 5 for me. 


Impressions: Sheri

Sitting down to watch a silly Halloween movie on all Hallow’s Eve, we cracked the Beach House with our dinner. Delicious bbq a la J - this was a pleasant accompaniment to our meal. It’s smooth and has a distinct spicy taste to it. I believe J’s first response was “peppery” but I’m not 100% sure about sharing that point of view. 

A couple of glasses later and I’m still into it. It’s thin and goes down easy - and for the price point, something that I would definitely try again. Not sure that it’s up there with “keep in the cellar” status, but it’s on the good list for sure. 

It also helped get through a terrible kids Halloween movie. As I’m writing this review, Jason is taunting me, pushing on the laptop trying to close it. Even with his harassment right now, I’m still impressed with the wine… And perhaps wishing there were more. 

3.5/5 corks for me!

Name: AsticaYear: 2010Country: ArgentinaFirst Sipped: The WoodsGrape: Merlot/MalbecLCBO List Price: $7.55Paired with: BBQ Chicken, potatoes
Impressions: J
This bottle cost less than $8 - and I bought it with the full intention to make a “tastes like Ass-tica” joke.all in though - not ass.
It was by no means a lunge into the depths of flavour, but a solid little wine that I’d grab again, should guests I don’t favour nor despise arrive for an hour-too-long of visit.
Decent and crisp, it was enjoyed.
2 corks out of 5 for me. 
Impressions: Sheri
Typically I don’t read Jason’s reviews before writing my own. That’s the deal. This time, an exception was made because I was tardy in my review and Jason wrote his days before I did. When I finally made the time to come and write this, he insisted I read his. And his joke about Ass-tica trumps any jokes I may have come up with. 
This was not good. It was bitter and tasted as if it gone rancid. I recall, very distinctly I might add, the putrid sour smell that made it all too difficult to enjoy. 
Jason’s rating is polite, mine - not so much. 
1/5 corks

Name: Astica
Year: 2010
Country: Argentina
First Sipped: The Woods
Grape: Merlot/Malbec
LCBO List Price: $7.55
Paired with: BBQ Chicken, potatoes

Impressions: J

This bottle cost less than $8 - and I bought it with the full intention to make a “tastes like Ass-tica” joke.
all in though - not ass.

It was by no means a lunge into the depths of flavour, but a solid little wine that I’d grab again, should guests I don’t favour nor despise arrive for an hour-too-long of visit.

Decent and crisp, it was enjoyed.

2 corks out of 5 for me. 


Impressions: Sheri

Typically I don’t read Jason’s reviews before writing my own. That’s the deal. This time, an exception was made because I was tardy in my review and Jason wrote his days before I did. When I finally made the time to come and write this, he insisted I read his. And his joke about Ass-tica trumps any jokes I may have come up with. 

This was not good. It was bitter and tasted as if it gone rancid. I recall, very distinctly I might add, the putrid sour smell that made it all too difficult to enjoy. 

Jason’s rating is polite, mine - not so much. 

1/5 corks

Name: MezzoMondoYear: ?Country: ItalyFirst Sipped: The WoodsGrape: Negromaro SalentoLCBO List Price: $7.95Paired with: ?
Impressions: J
Unfortunately I’m writing this a while after Sheri’s post - but since it’s first, that’ll Matrix you.
Denis actually recommended the Sangiovese Merlot - a far superior wine to this, although the Negromaro Salento is decent within its own right.
It’s sharp, almost tart - but not in a bad way.  I loved the taste of this; thin and easy to drink, the wine was smooth, but by no means “silky”.
For the cost of a bottle, could easily see this in the cellar… if our house wasn’t on stilts and had a cellar.
3.5 corks out of 5 
Impressions: Sheri
Smelled like fresh, clean berries - soft, nothing harsh. First sip was very light but nice. Smooth. Kick-less. It’s actually light and probably a good choice for spring/summer when the weather starts to warm up a bit. And it was a great match for this evening’s dinner.
Our dear friend, Denis, reco’d this one and I am very please to say he will approve this review. His opinion of our review on Open forced him to boycott our beloved blog for quite some time. We’re hoping we have redeemed ourselves.
Italian’s never disappoint- this is proof of that. A simple, clean, enjoyable red - a must have in the cupboard.
5 out of 5 corks. A must try.

Name: MezzoMondo
Year: ?
Country: Italy
First Sipped: The Woods
Grape: Negromaro Salento
LCBO List Price: $7.95
Paired with: ?


Impressions: J

Unfortunately I’m writing this a while after Sheri’s post - but since it’s first, that’ll Matrix you.

Denis actually recommended the Sangiovese Merlot - a far superior wine to this, although the Negromaro Salento is decent within its own right.

It’s sharp, almost tart - but not in a bad way.  I loved the taste of this; thin and easy to drink, the wine was smooth, but by no means “silky”.

For the cost of a bottle, could easily see this in the cellar… if our house wasn’t on stilts and had a cellar.

3.5 corks out of 5 


Impressions: Sheri

Smelled like fresh, clean berries - soft, nothing harsh. First sip was very light but nice. Smooth. Kick-less. It’s actually light and probably a good choice for spring/summer when the weather starts to warm up a bit. And it was a great match for this evening’s dinner.

Our dear friend, Denis, reco’d this one and I am very please to say he will approve this review. His opinion of our review on Open forced him to boycott our beloved blog for quite some time. We’re hoping we have redeemed ourselves.

Italian’s never disappoint- this is proof of that. A simple, clean, enjoyable red - a must have in the cupboard.

5 out of 5 corks. A must try.

Name: Mateus SignatureYear: 2008Country: PortugalFirst Sipped: The WoodsGrape: BlendLCBO List Price: $8.95Paired with: Market Vegetable soup for Jason; Ham and cheese sandwich for Sheri 
Impressions: J
Thin.  Twiggy thin.Is this a problem?Hell no.
What we have here is the lightest consistency I’ve had in a long time - what is that, body?  I don’t know… but it’s nice.
Colour is a nice dark rose, and first taste is a sharp snap, pointy up the backside of the mouth - bold, but not ‘bold’.
I’m really digging this wine - such a strange but lovely taste here.  As the bottle goes on, there’s some very earthy flavour coming through - we’re close to back in that ‘sort of tastes like weed’ kind of territory, but it’s subtle.
My notes are filled with “less than $10… wtf?” - and days later stone cold sober, yes, indeed.. wtf?
Mateus signature gets a little spicier as it goes on, and the last glass is razors edge sharp, but wonderful and wicked in it’s little bite.
Big fan.
Considering the cost and the stumble upon, a solid 4.5 corks out of 5 on this one. 
Impressions: Sheri
Something I smelled really burned by nose, like breaking in vinegar… but then I tasted it, and it was nothing like vinegar… but it burned my tongue a bit. Peculiar. But not bad!
Perhaps the initial burny-feeling was caused by the green olives I had devoured right before taking my first taste of Mateus. I guess I will never know. But I can say this - the wine is absolutely delightful.
Not overpowering but does the job and fulfills the checklist of things that I’m personally looking for in a red. Not thick, but not too thin. Not strong, but not too weak. Not bitter, but not too sweet. Hell - I think this is falling right into the middle and is just about perfect.
At this price point, it’s a no-brainer. The fact that the words “Oh my god” and “Delicious” were consistently coming out of my mouth are also clear indicators.
5 out of 5 corks. A must try.

Name: Mateus Signature
Year: 2008
Country: Portugal
First Sipped: The Woods
Grape: Blend
LCBO List Price: $8.95
Paired with: Market Vegetable soup for Jason; Ham and cheese sandwich for Sheri


Impressions: J

Thin.  Twiggy thin.
Is this a problem?
Hell no.

What we have here is the lightest consistency I’ve had in a long time - what is that, body?  I don’t know… but it’s nice.

Colour is a nice dark rose, and first taste is a sharp snap, pointy up the backside of the mouth - bold, but not ‘bold’.

I’m really digging this wine - such a strange but lovely taste here.  As the bottle goes on, there’s some very earthy flavour coming through - we’re close to back in that ‘sort of tastes like weed’ kind of territory, but it’s subtle.

My notes are filled with “less than $10… wtf?” - and days later stone cold sober, yes, indeed.. wtf?

Mateus signature gets a little spicier as it goes on, and the last glass is razors edge sharp, but wonderful and wicked in it’s little bite.

Big fan.

Considering the cost and the stumble upon, a solid 4.5 corks out of 5 on this one. 


Impressions: Sheri

Something I smelled really burned by nose, like breaking in vinegar… but then I tasted it, and it was nothing like vinegar… but it burned my tongue a bit. Peculiar. But not bad!

Perhaps the initial burny-feeling was caused by the green olives I had devoured right before taking my first taste of Mateus. I guess I will never know. But I can say this - the wine is absolutely delightful.

Not overpowering but does the job and fulfills the checklist of things that I’m personally looking for in a red. Not thick, but not too thin. Not strong, but not too weak. Not bitter, but not too sweet. Hell - I think this is falling right into the middle and is just about perfect.

At this price point, it’s a no-brainer. The fact that the words “Oh my god” and “Delicious” were consistently coming out of my mouth are also clear indicators.

5 out of 5 corks. A must try.

Name: Casillero del DiabloCountry: ChileYear: 2009First Sipped: The WoodsGrape: MerlotLCBO List Price: $12.95Paired with: Homemade cayenne spiced Irish Stew with Dubliners cheese and fresh soda bread.
Impressions: J
"More than 100 years ago, Don Melchor de Concha y Toro reserved for himself an exclusive blend of the best wines he provided.  And, to keep strangers away from his private reserve, he spread the rumour that the Devil lived in that place.  Hence the name ‘Casillero del Diablo’ or ‘Cellar of the Devil’"
Show me an Irishman who doesn’t read that story and not grab this just for a lark, and I’ll show you a Northerner.
Opened the bottle - complete with the wonderful Devil adornments - and was in love from the pull of the cork.  Too many screw-tops have blessed our blog lately, so a cork off the top was a wonderful treat, as was the accompanying sound… true music to my ears.
Pulling the cork out almost immediately the aroma hit me - a complex and wonderful bouquet; sharp, fruity, earthy… It was one of those moments when you could almost guess that this was going to be awesome.
The pour revealed a brilliantly vibrant and deep crimson colour - almost like blood, and as the Devil embossment stared back at me from the bottle, almost daring me to drink - I pondered donning a druidic style garb and really gettin’ all Pagan up in here.
Taste… Kapow!
This was like Satan’s hoof shoved straight in my mouth - it was an immediate shock, full and bold flavour and an uneasy darkness to this wine… Not for the weak of heart.
The consistency was light - in terms of body… ‘thin’ perhaps, but the flavour was so powerful, so overwhelming and so absolutely beautiful.  More earthy and herb based than fruity or airy - I feel like this is a serious contender for becoming one of my favourites.
As I ate my cayenne pepper laced Irish stew and poured a second glass, the flavour of the wine picked up the pepper and enhanced the entire experience.  
Robust, bold, hearty and solid - this is the kind of drink I need in my life.
A wonderful find, and a very highly rated 5 out of 5 for me.
Impressions: Sheri
This one started off with quite a bit of bite - and a bit unexpected to be honest. It was a really nice full-bodied wine (something I haven’t been used to with the loser wines we’ve been choosing as of late).
Strong and rich aroma, gorgeous colour, all around - a solid wine. A few sips in, I noted on my paper, “this is some good shit”. Perhaps that was a couple glasses in when I decided the word “shit” was required.
It was a great choice to go with our homemade Irish Stew (which Jason had slaved over earlier in the weekend). On a cold, damp March evening - this wine with our stew was a warm welcome in The Woods.
3.5 out of 5 corks.

Name: Casillero del Diablo
Country: Chile
Year: 2009
First Sipped: The Woods
Grape: Merlot
LCBO List Price: $12.95
Paired with: Homemade cayenne spiced Irish Stew with Dubliners cheese and fresh soda bread.


Impressions: J

"More than 100 years ago, Don Melchor de Concha y Toro reserved for himself an exclusive blend of the best wines he provided.  And, to keep strangers away from his private reserve, he spread the rumour that the Devil lived in that place.  Hence the name ‘Casillero del Diablo’ or ‘Cellar of the Devil’"

Show me an Irishman who doesn’t read that story and not grab this just for a lark, and I’ll show you a Northerner.

Opened the bottle - complete with the wonderful Devil adornments - and was in love from the pull of the cork.  Too many screw-tops have blessed our blog lately, so a cork off the top was a wonderful treat, as was the accompanying sound… true music to my ears.

Pulling the cork out almost immediately the aroma hit me - a complex and wonderful bouquet; sharp, fruity, earthy… It was one of those moments when you could almost guess that this was going to be awesome.

The pour revealed a brilliantly vibrant and deep crimson colour - almost like blood, and as the Devil embossment stared back at me from the bottle, almost daring me to drink - I pondered donning a druidic style garb and really gettin’ all Pagan up in here.

Taste… Kapow!

This was like Satan’s hoof shoved straight in my mouth - it was an immediate shock, full and bold flavour and an uneasy darkness to this wine… Not for the weak of heart.

The consistency was light - in terms of body… ‘thin’ perhaps, but the flavour was so powerful, so overwhelming and so absolutely beautiful.  More earthy and herb based than fruity or airy - I feel like this is a serious contender for becoming one of my favourites.

As I ate my cayenne pepper laced Irish stew and poured a second glass, the flavour of the wine picked up the pepper and enhanced the entire experience.  

Robust, bold, hearty and solid - this is the kind of drink I need in my life.

A wonderful find, and a very highly rated 5 out of 5 for me.


Impressions: Sheri

This one started off with quite a bit of bite - and a bit unexpected to be honest. It was a really nice full-bodied wine (something I haven’t been used to with the loser wines we’ve been choosing as of late).

Strong and rich aroma, gorgeous colour, all around - a solid wine. A few sips in, I noted on my paper, “this is some good shit”. Perhaps that was a couple glasses in when I decided the word “shit” was required.

It was a great choice to go with our homemade Irish Stew (which Jason had slaved over earlier in the weekend). On a cold, damp March evening - this wine with our stew was a warm welcome in The Woods.

3.5 out of 5 corks.

Name: Hardy’sCountry: AustraliaYear: 2009First Sipped: The WoodsGrape: Shiraz CabernetLCBO List Price: $9.95Paired with: Soup.  Another evening of soup.
Impressions: J
Usually if I get a smile on my face with a bottle of wine, I’m good - and if you can guarantee that for than $10, I’m not going to get too angry on that account either… But this is a solid ‘meh’ for me.
Now, this isn’t a 0 or a 1 in terms of our rating system, but it’s sure as hell no 2 either.  On one hand I could say ‘decent enough’, on another ‘pass’… all mood dependent.  
Fair to say, based on how bad I wanted a drink, I may grab this - but the best analogy is in a trailer style example.  Hardy’s is like a ‘barely used’ doublewide.  Seems like a good idea, is a little more than the standard, has some features and benefits - but you can never forget that it’s not really what you’re after (and I’m not talking about those beautiful Airstreams here).
Sharp without finesse, brass without substance, almost vinegarish - but still somehow drinkable.
So… not anything to get excited about, and passable if I really have to drink it.
All in - 1.5 corks out of 5
Impressions: Sheri
Sigh… And a big sigh at that! I really don’t have a lot to say about this one either (likely not a surprise, I seem to be a lady of few words most of the time).
This one was not good. My notes from the evening say “wow - that’s got some kick” and “as my dad would say, that’s goin’ to put hair on your chest”. While the bottle was cute, and I liked the stamp series bottle, this one gets kicked the the curb without a second look.
I made it through a couple of glasses - so I guess it can’t be ranked with the likes of Hob Nob and other zero’s we’ve tried. Still, not great.
1 out of 5 corks.

Name: Hardy’s
Country: Australia
Year: 2009
First Sipped: The Woods
Grape: Shiraz Cabernet
LCBO List Price: $9.95
Paired with: Soup.  Another evening of soup.


Impressions: J

Usually if I get a smile on my face with a bottle of wine, I’m good - and if you can guarantee that for than $10, I’m not going to get too angry on that account either… But this is a solid ‘meh’ for me.

Now, this isn’t a 0 or a 1 in terms of our rating system, but it’s sure as hell no 2 either.  On one hand I could say ‘decent enough’, on another ‘pass’… all mood dependent.  

Fair to say, based on how bad I wanted a drink, I may grab this - but the best analogy is in a trailer style example.  Hardy’s is like a ‘barely used’ doublewide.  Seems like a good idea, is a little more than the standard, has some features and benefits - but you can never forget that it’s not really what you’re after (and I’m not talking about those beautiful Airstreams here).

Sharp without finesse, brass without substance, almost vinegarish - but still somehow drinkable.

So… not anything to get excited about, and passable if I really have to drink it.

All in - 1.5 corks out of 5


Impressions: Sheri

Sigh… And a big sigh at that! I really don’t have a lot to say about this one either (likely not a surprise, I seem to be a lady of few words most of the time).

This one was not good. My notes from the evening say “wow - that’s got some kick” and “as my dad would say, that’s goin’ to put hair on your chest”. While the bottle was cute, and I liked the stamp series bottle, this one gets kicked the the curb without a second look.

I made it through a couple of glasses - so I guess it can’t be ranked with the likes of Hob Nob and other zero’s we’ve tried. Still, not great.

1 out of 5 corks.

Name: Masi Tupungato Passo DobleYear: 2009Country: ArgentinaFirst Sipped: The WoodsGrape: Malbec CorvinaLCBO List Price: $13.95Paired with: A Shrove Tuesday Feast: Sheri’s Homemade Pancakes (Mamma Campbells Secret Recipe) accompanied with pure maple syrup.
Impressions: J
First off, we ate pancakes for shrove Tuesday.  I don’t practice the religion religiously, but any time the church wants me to eat pancakes - I’m going to think twice before I shrug it off.
Pancakes and wine.
So my notes say “Crisp but gentle, like the whispers of an angel”… and I can only assume that this is one strong wine - because that sounds like gibberish.  Unless I was talking about Christopher Walken in The Prophecy kind of an angel - well then, we’ve ourselves a different point of view if that is the case.
This was a clean wine - a little wet in the mouth, quick bite and a sharp aroma.  It tickled as if it was carbonated (it was not), and delivered on every note I was after…
All around dig this wine - would welcome it back in the house time and time again.
3.8 corks out of 5
Impressions: Sheri
Well this was a nice change following a slew of mediocre and/or disappointing wines. At first it was nice, but kind of a weird metallic aftertaste. But - it’s good!
Perhaps this isn’t “top shelf” good, but good. The pairing is what actually made this wine so great - PANCAKES - really?! Who does that! We can’t consider ourselves religious people, but it was Shrove Tuesday - the day before the start of Lent - so we decided to partake in the fun and have pancakes for dinner (special homemade ones, a secret recipe from my lovely mother).
Homemade pancakes, check. Real maple syrup, check. Red wine, check.
2.5 out of 5 corks!

Name: Masi Tupungato Passo Doble
Year: 2009
Country: Argentina
First Sipped: The Woods
Grape: Malbec Corvina
LCBO List Price: $13.95
Paired with: A Shrove Tuesday Feast: Sheri’s Homemade Pancakes (Mamma Campbells Secret Recipe) accompanied with pure maple syrup.


Impressions: J

First off, we ate pancakes for shrove Tuesday.  I don’t practice the religion religiously, but any time the church wants me to eat pancakes - I’m going to think twice before I shrug it off.

Pancakes and wine.

So my notes say “Crisp but gentle, like the whispers of an angel”… and I can only assume that this is one strong wine - because that sounds like gibberish.  Unless I was talking about Christopher Walken in The Prophecy kind of an angel - well then, we’ve ourselves a different point of view if that is the case.

This was a clean wine - a little wet in the mouth, quick bite and a sharp aroma.  It tickled as if it was carbonated (it was not), and delivered on every note I was after…

All around dig this wine - would welcome it back in the house time and time again.

3.8 corks out of 5


Impressions: Sheri

Well this was a nice change following a slew of mediocre and/or disappointing wines. At first it was nice, but kind of a weird metallic aftertaste. But - it’s good!

Perhaps this isn’t “top shelf” good, but good. The pairing is what actually made this wine so great - PANCAKES - really?! Who does that! We can’t consider ourselves religious people, but it was Shrove Tuesday - the day before the start of Lent - so we decided to partake in the fun and have pancakes for dinner (special homemade ones, a secret recipe from my lovely mother).

Homemade pancakes, check. Real maple syrup, check. Red wine, check.

2.5 out of 5 corks!

Name: Domaine Jean BousquetYear: 2009Country: ArgentinaFirst Sipped: The WoodsGrape: MalbecLCBO List Price: $11.55Paired with: Humpty Dumpty Party Mix
Impressions: J
Nicely done on this account, a wine that hit me like a kick in the face on a pig farm.
Sharp, bitey and with a hint of spice, this wine was a great little treat after a dinner of BBQ steak and potatoes while we sat around the table with visitors, chatting about nonsense.
There was a hint of fruit in this bottle, and I think I’m starting to understand that a bit better now… It’s not so much like ‘juice’ fruit, but tangy, fermenty fruit… and all around domination in a subtle fashion.
For under $12, you could do worse than this bottle - it was fresh in taste and rather enjoyable.  Definitely a do-again affair.
Solid 3 corks out of 5

Name: Domaine Jean Bousquet
Year: 2009
Country: Argentina
First Sipped: The Woods
Grape: Malbec
LCBO List Price: $11.55
Paired with: Humpty Dumpty Party Mix


Impressions: J

Nicely done on this account, a wine that hit me like a kick in the face on a pig farm.

Sharp, bitey and with a hint of spice, this wine was a great little treat after a dinner of BBQ steak and potatoes while we sat around the table with visitors, chatting about nonsense.

There was a hint of fruit in this bottle, and I think I’m starting to understand that a bit better now… It’s not so much like ‘juice’ fruit, but tangy, fermenty fruit… and all around domination in a subtle fashion.

For under $12, you could do worse than this bottle - it was fresh in taste and rather enjoyable.  Definitely a do-again affair.

Solid 3 corks out of 5

Name: Lindeman’s Bin 50 Country: AustraliaYear: 2010First Sipped: The WoodsGrape: ShirazLCBO List Price: $11.95Paired with: Barbecued rib eye steak with grilled potatoes/vegetables
Impressions: J
Didn’t mind this fare one bit.  But the BBQ session prior to the bottle for sure helped me out on my decision - so we picked another bottle up a few days later, and the results are similar… A decent bottle of wine.
Little spicy, somewhat peppery - but all in quite enjoyable.
3 corks out of 5.
Impressions: Sheri
Dinner on a lovely Sunday evening with one of my closest and dearest friends (who I don’t see nearly enough). With all of our favourite delicacies including fresh rib eye steaks from our local butcher, Selena showed up with a couple bottles of Lindeman’s.
I was pleasantly surprised at how nice this wine was (perhaps it was the company too), but it was really quite smooth and tasty. It was a bit spicy, but had a really nice fruitiness to it (not in the gross Strawberry Zinfandel kind of way). Another rich, full bodied wine that will be an excellent addition to the standards at our house.
3.5 out of 5 corks - a solid rating that keeps it as an option for any day of the week.

Name: Lindeman’s Bin 50 
Country: Australia
Year: 2010
First Sipped: The Woods
Grape: Shiraz
LCBO List Price: $11.95
Paired with: Barbecued rib eye steak with grilled potatoes/vegetables


Impressions: J

Didn’t mind this fare one bit.  But the BBQ session prior to the bottle for sure helped me out on my decision - so we picked another bottle up a few days later, and the results are similar… A decent bottle of wine.

Little spicy, somewhat peppery - but all in quite enjoyable.

3 corks out of 5.


Impressions: Sheri

Dinner on a lovely Sunday evening with one of my closest and dearest friends (who I don’t see nearly enough). With all of our favourite delicacies including fresh rib eye steaks from our local butcher, Selena showed up with a couple bottles of Lindeman’s.

I was pleasantly surprised at how nice this wine was (perhaps it was the company too), but it was really quite smooth and tasty. It was a bit spicy, but had a really nice fruitiness to it (not in the gross Strawberry Zinfandel kind of way). Another rich, full bodied wine that will be an excellent addition to the standards at our house.

3.5 out of 5 corks - a solid rating that keeps it as an option for any day of the week.

Name: HOB NOBCountry: FranceYear: 2009First Sipped: The WoodsGrape: Pinot NoirLCBO List Price: $12.95Paired with: Grilled Cheese ala J for Sheri, Minestrone and Parmesean Soup for J
Impressions: J
Right in the middle of the bottle is a logo - and in the middle of the logo, is a large red circle… Very, very reminiscent of a zero. Which, happens to be the short version of my review.
Looking back at my notes, they include such musings as “tastes like an art gallery’ and “this bottle should have Willy Wonka’s logo on it” followed with “odd, in a bad way”.
The overall aroma (or ‘nose’ as I’ve learned), ranges from old leather to chocolate - each with a heavy wallop of black cherry.
The aroma is so very reminiscent of my Grandfather; quiet Sunday evening, resting his hair filled with Brill Creme back on the headrest of his green leather La-Z-Boy recliner, settling in after a family dinner; roast pork and potatoes - relaxing softly with his newspaper and pouch of Amphora…. and I quickly realize this isn’t wine, it’s pipe tobacco.
Each damn subsequent sip brings me to those loose leaf pipe tobacco days - or ahead 10 years to fishing on a soft lake with rough rolled Backwoods cigars… Each wonderful memories, but not the flavour I want in my glass.
My notes are filled with sketches of sad faces and doodles of curses.
Maybe a black cherry drink flies in France, but so does a white flag every now and then, and I’ll be damned if I’m a fan of either scenario.
No, I want a glass of wine now… Something that tastes like a ride in a fine, vintage automobile, not a trek on a cheap Niagara falls hooker.
Fancy wine review notes: “Overbearing and without realization of the promise made - The black on black treatment of branding on the bottle was cool, and while the cork was neat, it seems nothing but pretentious in the light of the entire experience.”
This bottle has left me with much to be desired. 2 words in a summary: Ripped off.
0 corks out of 5.Hob Nob, screw you.
Impressions: Sheri
This wine was simply horrible. Another one that’s not worth wasting any time trying to explain - but I will say this. It was dry and chalky. It left a bad aftertaste… An aftertaste so bad you really want to avoid the next sip. Over half of my first glass went down the drain, and I can say that most of the bottle went down the drain as well.
Really?! Could a wine be that bad? I guess so.
I’m also starting to realize that French wines are not my thing. Australia, Chile, Italy, US/California, Canada - they vary but are generally good wines. I don’t think there has been one bottle from France that has gotten even close to an applaud, let alone a standing ovation.
Would love a recommendation for a French wine to redeem their reputation!
0 out of 5 corks.

Name: HOB NOB
Country: France
Year: 2009
First Sipped: The Woods
Grape: Pinot Noir
LCBO List Price: $12.95
Paired with: Grilled Cheese ala J for Sheri, Minestrone and Parmesean Soup for J


Impressions: J

Right in the middle of the bottle is a logo - and in the middle of the logo, is a large red circle… Very, very reminiscent of a zero. Which, happens to be the short version of my review.

Looking back at my notes, they include such musings as “tastes like an art gallery’ and “this bottle should have Willy Wonka’s logo on it” followed with “odd, in a bad way”.

The overall aroma (or ‘nose’ as I’ve learned), ranges from old leather to chocolate - each with a heavy wallop of black cherry.

The aroma is so very reminiscent of my Grandfather; quiet Sunday evening, resting his hair filled with Brill Creme back on the headrest of his green leather La-Z-Boy recliner, settling in after a family dinner; roast pork and potatoes - relaxing softly with his newspaper and pouch of Amphora…. and I quickly realize this isn’t wine, it’s pipe tobacco.

Each damn subsequent sip brings me to those loose leaf pipe tobacco days - or ahead 10 years to fishing on a soft lake with rough rolled Backwoods cigars… Each wonderful memories, but not the flavour I want in my glass.

My notes are filled with sketches of sad faces and doodles of curses.

Maybe a black cherry drink flies in France, but so does a white flag every now and then, and I’ll be damned if I’m a fan of either scenario.

No, I want a glass of wine now… Something that tastes like a ride in a fine, vintage automobile, not a trek on a cheap Niagara falls hooker.

Fancy wine review notes: “Overbearing and without realization of the promise made - The black on black treatment of branding on the bottle was cool, and while the cork was neat, it seems nothing but pretentious in the light of the entire experience.”

This bottle has left me with much to be desired.
2 words in a summary: Ripped off.

0 corks out of 5.
Hob Nob, screw you.


Impressions: Sheri

This wine was simply horrible. Another one that’s not worth wasting any time trying to explain - but I will say this. It was dry and chalky. It left a bad aftertaste… An aftertaste so bad you really want to avoid the next sip. Over half of my first glass went down the drain, and I can say that most of the bottle went down the drain as well.

Really?! Could a wine be that bad? I guess so.

I’m also starting to realize that French wines are not my thing. Australia, Chile, Italy, US/California, Canada - they vary but are generally good wines. I don’t think there has been one bottle from France that has gotten even close to an applaud, let alone a standing ovation.

Would love a recommendation for a French wine to redeem their reputation!

0 out of 5 corks.

Name: Salvalai Amarone Classico Della ValipolicellaYear: 2006Country: ItalyFirst Sipped: Hy’s SteakhouseGrape: ValipolicellaLCBO List Price: unable to locate this wine at the LCBOPaired with: Dry ribs, 14 oz New York Strip
Impressions: J
I’ve not been privy to the world of an Amarone as of yet - but thoroughly enjoyed this selection (thank you LTap) and entered a world of fine wine and red meat heaven.
First impressions were of the nostril sort - this was a brisk and bold wine.  It took my nose and kicked it gingerly… Stinging but welcome.
Flavour was spicy - don’t know how, but it was simply “spicy” off the forefront, then intense - and finally “all encompassing” in its boldness, its richness and its wonderul-ness.
The flavour was almost excruciating at times - but that’s not meant in a bad way.  Know when you have an itch, and you scratch it - and it’s so damn good… but also sort of hurts, but that hurt is also good?  Like that.
The wine was tart without an afterbite and blossomed when accompanied by my lovely salty dry ribs.
Impressive legs on this baby - coated my glass like I was pouring crazy glue like a mad man into a fine piece of crystal.
Something for the dock? No.  This was one of the ‘uppity’ wines - weighing well in over $65 on the street, double that in a steakhouse - but with 6 of us cutting the fare, you need to try new things… and I’m hella glad I did.
Absolutely wonderful. 
5 corks out of 5
Impressions: Sheri
As mentioned in the post about St. Francis, I was taking the role of DD on this particular evening. I did, however, have a taste of the Amarone and was thoroughly impressed. Another smooth and clean - yet rich - wine. The kind of wine I wish I could have enjoyed to it’s fullest.
From what I remember, I would have to score this one at 4 out of 5 corks - though perhaps that could be higher. I will venture off to the LCBO in search of this one soon enough, and add more to my review later.

Name: Salvalai Amarone Classico Della Valipolicella
Year: 2006
Country: Italy
First Sipped: Hy’s Steakhouse
Grape: Valipolicella
LCBO List Price: unable to locate this wine at the LCBO
Paired with: Dry ribs, 14 oz New York Strip


Impressions: J

I’ve not been privy to the world of an Amarone as of yet - but thoroughly enjoyed this selection (thank you LTap) and entered a world of fine wine and red meat heaven.

First impressions were of the nostril sort - this was a brisk and bold wine.  It took my nose and kicked it gingerly… Stinging but welcome.

Flavour was spicy - don’t know how, but it was simply “spicy” off the forefront, then intense - and finally “all encompassing” in its boldness, its richness and its wonderul-ness.

The flavour was almost excruciating at times - but that’s not meant in a bad way.  Know when you have an itch, and you scratch it - and it’s so damn good… but also sort of hurts, but that hurt is also good?  
Like that.

The wine was tart without an afterbite and blossomed when accompanied by my lovely salty dry ribs.

Impressive legs on this baby - coated my glass like I was pouring crazy glue like a mad man into a fine piece of crystal.

Something for the dock? 
No.  
This was one of the ‘uppity’ wines - weighing well in over $65 on the street, double that in a steakhouse - but with 6 of us cutting the fare, you need to try new things… and I’m hella glad I did.

Absolutely wonderful. 

5 corks out of 5


Impressions: Sheri

As mentioned in the post about St. Francis, I was taking the role of DD on this particular evening. I did, however, have a taste of the Amarone and was thoroughly impressed. Another smooth and clean - yet rich - wine. The kind of wine I wish I could have enjoyed to it’s fullest.

From what I remember, I would have to score this one at 4 out of 5 corks - though perhaps that could be higher. I will venture off to the LCBO in search of this one soon enough, and add more to my review later.