Archive for September, 2012

September 13, 2012

LePlan-Vermeersch GT-A Grand Terroir Aramon, 2009

Stinkingly alcoholic, gorgeous with food, deeply flavourful and rich, berries layered with vanilla layered with a smoky finesse.  A fine foil for beef, how we drank it, but brutally over-the-top forward as an aperitif; you might as well dig out the Johnnie Walker Green Label if that’s your thing.  I am told that Parker gave it 94 points.  Really?  Reminds me how year after year the Milanese style mavens push suits with tailored short pants for men to wear to the office and the idea never sticks.  Maybe Robert has shares in the vineyard?  We liked it, hands down, but there was nothing to get excited over.


We are fully aware that mature grapes provide a special nuance to wine, along with of course a strong alcoholic hit, and that nuance is (so they say) the reason these hi-test wines score so well, but, really, it’s time to give it a rest boys.


Price: $27.95 at BC Liquor


Market Liquidity: Like drinking at a high altitude.

September 7, 2012

La Fleur de Boüard, Lalande-de-Pomerol, 2005

From the cellar: Yet another in the litany of 05 “best vintage of the millennium” bottles we overspent on and laid down and, frankly, the very first that seemed worth it.  Surprisingly robust with all the nuance of a fine Bordeaux blend.  Wasn’t tart, wasn’t tannic, it was rather silky, and had perhaps magically reached its pinnacle.


Drank on its own with aplomb but was equally wonderful with a vegetarian main: Polenta with a warm salad of fresh tomatoes, basil and garlic, and an especially appropriate side of marinated kale (in lemon juice) with steamed green beans.


It’s a rare day we crack a Pomerol, on our budget, so expectations ran high.  No disappointment.


Price: Didn’t record it, but somewhere around $40 at BC Liquor in a spree of gotta buy it panic.


Market Liquidity: Wish I’d bought more of this.  Wish I’d bought less of many other 05s.

September 6, 2012

Moon Curser Afraid of the Dark, 2011

Bleachhh.  Applauded in the Georgia Straight but really, this is mediocre at best, plain jane, taste free, the sort of banal blend that puts confirmed red wine drinkers even further in the red wine camp.  And, unlike the GS review, it did not drink well, sip well and clashed with food.  Moon Curser makes some wonderful wines but this blend, Viognier, Roussanne, and Marsanne, is so generic as to be a barcode.  When Ann Sperling can turn out an Okanagan simple white blend that’s drinkable at $16, you’d expect something a little flashier for $6 more and from a more “of the moment” vineyard.  The comments around the table were much less kind than my text here, and the grimaces and facial expressions of the other tasters would rival Jim Carrey being birthed from the anus of a rhino in Ace Ventura.   Saying this is forgettable would be kind.

Price: $22 at Mud Bay.

Market Liquidity: Like the emperor’s new clothes.