Month: November 2011

  • Domaene Schloss Gobelsburg Grüner Veltliner 2010

    Polished.  Refreshing and tangy.  For some weird reason I think if the 7 Dwarfs made home brew this would be it: Very sharp, zesty, pronounced citric acid, pleasant finish, appealing to a diverse group, nothing avant-garde.  Dry without a hint of sugar.  Eminently drinkable.  Lilke basic black with pearls.  Classy white without pretension but certainly […]

  • Sarada Seleccion 2008

    A friend recommended this blend (garnacha tintorera, monastrell) after buying it based on a “point” review (no names mentioned!).  It is, I guess, the perfect wine for some people.  Not for us.   Price: $18.99 at Everything Wine ($18.04 with the case discount).   Market Liquidity: Dan Savage says “it gets better.”  Not always.

  • Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 vs. Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

    We rounded out our Big Red Weekend with two cab sauvs.  The Montes Alpha is an old standby, not hard to source, and easy going down.  Since you can find it, usually, even in remote area liquor stores, it’s a great choice for BBQs and weekends when there’s nothing else but Yellow Tail and Piat […]

  • Donatella Cinelli Colombini Prime Donne 2001 Brunello di Montalcino

    From the cellar: Striploins at half price at Whole Foods.  Time to bring out the big guns.  This weekend we had a red meat extravaganza and paired dinners with, first, a Brunello that had been gathering dust in the “cellar” along with two cabernets, which I’ll post later this week. So very hard to review […]

  • Châteaux de la Cour d’Argent 2005

    From the cellar: Remember in 2008 when the 2005 Bordeaux was released as the best release in decades and hordes showed up at BC Liquor to max out our credit cards?  Fast forward to the 2009 release billed as the best release in decades and…  Oh wait, do I smell a bit of marketing politics […]

  • Robin Ridge 2008 Merlot

    This is a very nice wine.  I say that without a hint of sarcasm.  The only thing, it’s like a million other wines you might drink, at a wine bar, in a restaurant, at someone’s home.  It’s nothing to really write much of a review about.  It’s like getting prompt service from a teller at […]

  • Teira 2005 Sonoma Zinfandel

    Scored a bottle of Teira 2005 Sonoma Zinfandel on sale at BC Liquor.  Which is to say, stumbled across the sale sign in the California wine section, saw that all the wine was sold out, then saw one last bottle on a different rack mis-shelved with another blend.  Which is also to say that you […]

  • Le Vieux Pin Pinot Noir Adieu 2008

    I don’t like to drink this wine.  On its own I mean.  Stand alone it has an unpleasant chalky tannic quality on the palate, it just isn’t the Pinot you expect from, say, Oregon or the Northwest, it doesn’t make you want to pour another glass.  But with Food?  Ooh la la!   First tasted […]

  • Mount Riley Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2009

    Stunningly Refreshing.  Green.  Green, green.  Sharp, penetrating citrus and floral notes.  Very long finish.  Poy fekt Nu Wrld Sove Blank.   This is the loud, abrasive, assertive SB I associate (lovingly) with New Zealand—and it’s a standout.  Pleasantly metallic.  If I was a chem major I would accord it the appropriate elements, what? Zn, Mg, […]

  • Villa Wolf Riesling 2009

    This “value” offering from the prestigious Loosen house is a very masculine riesling.  It is dry, as in dry dry, strong flavours of apple, a little citric acid touch on the finish, but solid as a rock.  My sister recommended it to me, she usually drinks red, and perhaps she liked it so much because […]