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what’s the freakin’ deal with tannins

March 1, 2009


You'll read tasting notes that call tannins round, angular, bitter, green, young, ripe, sweet, soft.. pick an adjective I'm sure it has been stuck in front of the word tannin in a tasting note somewhere. Ok, well "polka-dottted" probably hasn't been used, but there are a lot of marketing folk out there hungry to sell more wines, it's only a matter of time. So what are tannins really and what does it have to do with wine?

Sunshine from Sonoma

February 20, 2009


There is a lot of oak in this glass, but I think it's not over used. This clocks in at 15% alcohol, and it's there this isn't a wine for the faint of heart. This ain't no fragile pinot this is a big strappin' wine.

On a Rholl

February 1, 2009


I don’t know if it’s the LCBO or my palate, but for some reason the Rhone has really been workin for me the last few weeks.  This week, I picked up an offering from this week’s vintages release.  Lirac is on the west bank of the Rhone river right across from Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Soils are composed […]

Tasting Notes: 2003 Cave de Tain L’Hermitage Cornas

March 27, 2008


CAVE DE TAIN CORNAS 2003VINTAGES 972117 | 750 mL bottle Price: $ 35.65 Dark ruby colour in the glass.  The nose is pretty tight pre-swirl – I smell a little cherry, a little spice (nutmeg maybe?). A couple of swirls in the glass opens up a sensuous set of dark cherry, some cardamom, pepper, hint […]