Archive for December 19th, 2011

December 19, 2011

Langmeil Barossa Three Gardens Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre 2009

Now this is how to blend.  This is artistry.  Open the spice cabinet.  Clove, cinnamon, plum, vanilla on the finish and long in what I can only describe as slightly unusual, not as smooth as the Robert Parker clones usually are, but just lovely.  We drank it with some extra old cheddar, not what would be a match made in heaven, but it did the job and it did it well.  More than I like to pay for wine but sometimes you have to pay more for wine than you want to (which is called living in British Columbia…).  I did not write down or Google the percentages on blends because in the end it didn’t matter, they did an excellent job, an expert job.  Thank you Langmeil.

 

Price: $27.99 from Everything Wine (or $26.59 with the case discount)

 

Market Liquidity: Alex, I’ll take Potent Potables for $28 please

December 19, 2011

Bleasdale The Library Reserve 2005

A pleasing blend of Cab Sauv and Malbec with a little bit of Petit Verdot and Merlot.  I’d like to say this is a wonderful wine, we loved it, it’s great, but none of that would be 100 per cent true.  This is a pleasant wine, a palatable wine, damson plum jammy flavours, full on the palate but absolutely no finish.

 

This bottle, at $5 off the regular price, was not only pleasant to drink but a pleasant buy.  That said, we had been drinking at home and out, better reds, better reasonably priced reds, and it took a “comparative hit” not measuring up.  There was no wow factor and nothing even significantly unique to elevate it.  I’m sure most people would be happy with this though, and I don’t want to be too hard on blends.  We love blends!  More blends please.  But there is too much choice to settle.  It’s certainly not a bad wine, just not great.  Someone said “lay it down” but it was too late (!) and the sale was over anyway.

 

Price: $24.99 at Kitsilano Wine Cellar (we bought at $19.99 on sale).

 

Market Liquidity: So good but so what?

December 19, 2011

Brokenwood Semillon 2009

Neither grassy nor fragrant.  Sharp, acidic, cirtussy, without any dimension.  We found nothing we liked about it and it returned to the fridge with its screw cap on to, eventually, be used as stock in risotto.  Too bad.

 

Price: $26.99 from Everything Wine ($25.64 with the case discount)

 

Market Liquidity: At $27 this wine is preposterously overpriced.