Month: April 2012

  • Catena Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009

    A hefty Argentinean red impossible to dislike.  Big.  Not Tom Hanks Big but Al Pacino Godfather II powerful big.   Corked, decanted, as a sipper, tobacco, smoky-figgy, dark ruby colour, lush and fruity.  Quite different with dinner (pork loin chop broiled with olives, capers, lemon juice/zest, garlic, chicken stock) and roasted celeriac.  With food it […]

  • M Chapoutier Les Meysonniers Crozes-Hermitage, 2008

    From the cellar: The mystery syrah: Don’t know when I bought it, where, how much it cost, all I know is it made its way into the cellar and we pulled it out, decanted, and drank it last weekend. Remarkably and distinctly and unmistakably French, like drinking syrah in a French restaurant.  No heft but […]

  • Vinum Cellars Chenin Blanc / Viognier, 2010

    This wine pulled a Zelig.  Again, very rarely do you see the professionals review wine this way: First night with a Whole Foods wild salmon pot pie the wine fell flat.  It was steely and sharp and unappealing.  Second night, with a homemade Thai curry (base of green curry paste, Thai basil, coconut milk) the […]

  • Frei Brothers Russian River Chardonnay, 2009

    The type of California chardonnay that people with a preconceived notion of chardonnay think they’ll get when they buy a Californian chardonnay.  Which is both a compliment and, for some, reason to choose another bottle.  It also seems to be what the myriad chardonnays distributed by Gallo aim for.   We drank it with a […]

  • Joel Gott Monterey Chardonnay, 2010

    Smooth and velvety unoaked chard.  Marginally sweet.  Firm on the palate but perhaps too short on the finish, no lingering fruit.  Steely, yes, but not too much citrus. Don’t think I’ve ever had a “bad” bottle of Gott but, at the same time, don’t have any strong memories of Gott.  In the US, where they […]

  • Manos Negras Torrontes, 2011

    Tart but not biting, both fruity and dry, extremely refreshing, a fine companion to anything oily, but slim (if you will) without much dimension.  We liked it, just not enough.  Case in point: It was an aperitif several nights running, enjoyable each time, but never spectacular.  Another wine that Robert Parker apparently loves that we […]

  • Sheridan Vineyard Mystique, 2008

    Nectar from the gods. Does not require a point system or a list of superlatives or connoisseurs weighing in.  This is a deep, dark, black cherry whopper of a red, fulsome and lingering and delectable and luscious.  In fact, if there’s a drawback, maybe it’s simply too much of a good thing for some people.   […]

  • La Frenz Montage, 2008

    From the cellar: A few years ago I bought a case from La Frenz.  Well, that was the end result.  First, I had a glass of their (exceptional) chardonnay at the Pointe restaurant at the Wickanninish Inn in Tofino.  I then went to my favourite independent wine store which just sells BC wine and they […]

  • Ned Waihopai Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, 2011

    This was the only wine we had on hand for a last minute dinner of scrambled eggs and sautéed kale.  Although I’d never recommend an SB with eggs it worked (oddly) really well, surprisingly well, due in no small part to the fruit.  Gismondi reviewed this as having a bit more fruit than the last […]

  • Chateau Ste Michelle Horse Heaven Sauvignon Blanc, 2010

    Uber-refreshing.  Very crisp and acidic.  Mostly, for us, grapefruit and citrus.  Sharp and clean out of the fridge and as it warmed to room temperature there was more nuance to it but it also lost that cool freshness and appeal it had “too cold.”  None of the New Zealand green or floral Sancerre-ishness you might […]