Month: July 2012

  • Thornhaven Gewurztraminer, 2010

    This wine has won numerous plaudits including the BC Lieutenant Governor’s Award.  It hardly needs a thrift-minded anti-wine-snob to weigh in with adjectives.  It is good, very good for what it is, and deserves every ounce of praise.  It was spectacular with a pan fried fresh trout but equally good as an aperitif with some […]

  • Leyda Sauvignon Blanc, 2010

    A startlingly sharp SB that might catch you off guard.  Not deeply herbaceous like a Kiwi SB, but flat out crisp grapefruit and lime that will almost sting your palate.  Too astringent as a sipper (in fact we considered opening a different bottle, but it was after all a weeknight).  However, with food surprisingly splendid […]

  • Rutherford Ranch Old Vine Zinfandel, 2009

    A lovely Napa red.  Alcoholic on the nose, even with air, sharp on the tongue, but luscious fruit and burnt coffee flavours with a long and appealing cherry finish.  Smooth—not a glossy smooth Zin, but no potholes either.  It sipped better than with food we thought; with dinner it was quite peppery with a finish […]

  • Huet Vouvray, Le Haut-Lieu Sec, 2001

    From the cellar: Dug out a lone bottle of Le Haut Lieu Vouvray Sec which was just begging to be taken outside for some sunshine and deck time.  Opened up like fruit punch.  Peach and peach fuzz, a strong flavour reminiscent of wet rock (what wine reviewers commonly call limestone, although I’m not an expert […]

  • La Frenz Rattlesnake Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, 2011

    A very light, likeable and refreshing Sauvignon Blanc—perfect for a hot day under the shade of an umbrella on a patio overlooking Okanagan Lake.  If you gravitate to the heavier types of SB, the straw, metallic and green-ness typified in New Zealand SBs, this will disappoint.  But if you are up for a super sipper, […]

  • La Frenz Naramata Bench Riesling, 2011

    A very pleasant sipper with dominant notes of apple, pear, some acid and a gentle, nominal effervescence.  Not astounding, seemed a bit lacking in dimension, and not quite as rich and interesting for us as many Australian Rieslings, but no regrets.   We had a glass before dinner which was “what’s left in the fridge” […]

  • Sperling Vineyards Market White, 2010

    A pretty ordinary not too much to write a review about white which, however, I usually have a bottle of in the fridge.  Or two.  Even though I think it’s a touch too forward on the acid side and without enough depth to make it guest-worthy it’s inexpensive and exceptionally versatile.  We eat a lot […]

  • Majella Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008

    A gorgeous gobsmakcing great wallop of fruit on first sip, a vineyard in every whiff as you swirl it in your glass, a little of the oak you expect, a floral whiff (the roses that line the row ends in vineyards?), a nice note of vanilla.  This is a big and brash red with no […]

  • L’Ecole No 41 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008

    Teach a novice wine: Buy a mixed case of L’Ecole and have the student taste every varietal.  The Semillon will taste like Semillon.  The Chenin like Chenin.  And, yes, the Cab Sauv will taste most determinedly like the huge peppery masculine traditional red of red wine lore.  If they can master the varietal differences of […]