Month: March 2012

  • Ghost Pines Chardonnay, 2010

    Our review of the Ghost Pines merlot was, in a nutshell, “approachable, rich, tasty, satisfying.”  Bring it on.  That is pretty much the polar opposite of how we found the chardonnay.  This is forward, heavy, assertive to the point of being aggressive, and with many unusual peculiarities.  For example, on the label it states notes […]

  • Chateau St. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Chardonnay, 2008

    Too dumb to get this wine.  Just a poor old sap.  In fact it confused me.  It was like the geometry section on my GREs.  I will leave it to the con-no-sirs who have lauded it with plaudits.  Not one for our palates.  For us it was half typical chardonnay, wonderfully sharp balanced with smoothness, […]

  • Kim Crawford Marlborough Pinot Noir, 2010

    In a word, crawful.  Harsh.  Decanted, aerated, still a total wreck of a pinot.  You can buy it everywhere so there must be a huge market for a wafer thin red with a chalky undertone and a virtually nonexistent nose.  Thank goodness there was no finish.  Enormously mediocre.  And $22 friggin’ bucks to boot. In […]

  • Ridge California Lytton Springs, 2006

    From the cellar: Sometime in 2008 I used a gift card to purchase, for $49.99, a bottle of Ridge.  Sitting pretty.   I don’t think I’ve ever read a wine review which remarked on a red wine having an undertone of butter, but there is a soft, sweet, uncultured butter note in this wonderful blend.  […]

  • Nichol Gewurztraminer, 2010

    Lauded two fine Nichol wines, the Cabernet Franc here and Syrah here.  Except for reservations about the steep price they were exceptional, we loved every drop.  If I had the cash I would keep them by the case.  Too bad I can’t say the same thing about the gewrurz.  I think the first signal came […]

  • Morse Code Padthaway Shiraz, 2010

    One of those wines in the liquor store with a rave review pasted to the wall beside it which I rarely take to mean it’s as good as the review but the Morse is OK and has a decent if a touch rough shiraz pizazz.  Here is one way to think about this wine: Let’s […]

  • Rutherford Ranch Chardonnay, 2010

    Very good balance for an inexpensive chard, and of course unmistakably chardonnay—but not unmistakable.  Went well with sockeye salmon but chardonnay and salmon should be a marriage made in heaven and this was more Jen and Brad than Brad and Angelina.  Has very good online reviews which emphasize the fruit but we found it a […]

  • Nichol Cabernet Franc, 2008

    A gorgeous Cabernet Franc that comes together with exceptional balance—spice, tannins, fruit.  The 08 is getting hard to find I’m told.  I could drink it by the case.  We had it with a cassoulet and it worked wonders but I think something with less kick than andouille sausage would be a more adept pairing.  A […]

  • Chateau Montelena Chardonnay, 2006

    From the cellar: We made the pilgrimage to Chateau Montelena on a visit to California in 2011.  CM is pretty hard to come by in BC, even on a wine list in a posh nosh place, so it was high on the priority list when in the region.  But of course we made a pilgrimage […]

  • Lapostolle Casa Sauvignon Blanc, 2010

    Sharp minerality, clean, buttery, steely bouquet, melon, no decipherable citrus.  Very pleasant SB.  What we missed, however, was that lovely herbaceous quality we associate with new world SB, especially from New Zealand; not a trace in this and sort of lacking because of it.  But the Lapostolle is good: It has zip, a sort of […]