2006 Copain Harrison Clarke Syrah from mag.  Opened to slow ox for about two hours and the first glass was underwhelming - lots of dark syrupy fruit and not much else.  Oh well.  Took the bottle outside while BGE'ing  dinner and moved on to something else.  An hour after the first glass we revisited it, and I dont know if it was the cooler temps outside (14-15C) or more air or both but it had transformed.  No more syrup, lots of savoury garrigue and roast meats with a nice saline note.  Would never pass for Rhone, but was a great example of what good cali syrah can do.  

2002 Vineland Estates Meritage Rosomel Vineyard Reserve

Recently rediscovered in a box tucked away in the back of my wine cellar.  Not earth-shattering, nor mind-blowing but a surprisingly palatable red wine from Niagara.  Don't see any bricking around the rim.  Tannins are fully resolved but the wine has structure and the fruit is still alive and well.  One of the best wines I have tasted from Niagara.  A nice surprise.

otw posted:

2002 Vineland Estates Meritage Rosomel Vineyard Reserve

Recently rediscovered in a box tucked away in the back of my wine cellar.  Not earth-shattering, nor mind-blowing but a surprisingly palatable red wine from Niagara.  Don't see any bricking around the rim.  Tannins are fully resolved but the wine has structure and the fruit is still alive and well.  One of the best wines I have tasted from Niagara.  A nice surprise.

I don’t have any specifics to share, but I recall enjoying the wines at Vineland when we visited a few years ago. A day or two after doing a tasting, we returned for a great 3 course lunch with pairings on their patio that juts into a vineyard.

Recently

2006 Querce Bettina, BdM

Outstanding. Glad I have a couple more. Drink or hold.

2014 Aalto, Ribera Del Duero

Excellent, but young, which I knew would be the case based on past experiences with Aalto. US$52 off a wine list was too tempting.

2015 Cecchi, Chianti Classico, Riserva di Famiglia

Just another delicious CC from the 2015 vintage and at CDN$24 an excellent QPR.

2017 Kumeu River, Chardonnay, Village

Very good, low wood chard.

 

sunnylea57 posted:
csm posted:

2004 vina tondonia Rioja blanco

Where'd you find the 2004, csm? I've only seen the '05 recently (which is what I bought).

EDIT: Question answered. I just read the "Greetings from..." thread. 

On the list at Kokotxa.  44 euro. 

csm posted:
sunnylea57 posted:
csm posted:

2004 vina tondonia Rioja blanco

Where'd you find the 2004, csm? I've only seen the '05 recently (which is what I bought).

EDIT: Question answered. I just read the "Greetings from..." thread. 

On the list at Kokotxa.  44 euro. 

The wine list there is incredibly reasonable (shhhhh ...).

Earlier this week, dinner with Italo Stupino, owner of Castello di Neive, my good friend Bill Hawrysh and Rubin Elmer, Italo's Ontario Agent. It is always a pleasure to spend time with the remarkable Italo Stupino. 2018 Roero Arneis: Lovely, fresh, bright white fruit, balanced, a medium weighted Arneis.

2016 Barbaresco - this showed bright red fruit and was delightful but does need time. My guess is that 2-3 years patience will be rewarded.

2016 Barbaresco Gallina - This was a bit darker, muted and had a bitter note on the finish. My guess is that it is a bit closed now and needs time.

2013 Barbaresco Santo Stefano - I preferred this to the Gallina. It seemed to be brighter and more accessible.

2013 Barbaresco Santo Stefano Riserva - The brightness of the fruit was noticeable vs the Santo Stefano. It seemed bigger, deeper, and more alive. YUM. WOTN.

The food at Carisma was great and paired well, the service was outstanding. Conversation was great and it was a wonderful evening on all counts. Boxes of the Arneis and the Riserva are heading my way!

 

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