Month: October 2012

  • Matchbook Syrah, 2009

    Chet Baker, not Maynard Ferguson.  Stan Getz not Sonny Rollins.  Dave Brubeck but not Duke Ellington.  Could wine be any easier to drink?   It matched an elegant vegetarian main (Morroccan spiced root vegetables on quinoa with a fresh salad) superbly.  Price is totally decent.  Any qualms?  Quick, name three Brubeck tunes other than Take […]

  • Ribota, 2009

    Robust.  But in an aggressive, little bit pushy fashion, and as if out of balance.  Testy Tempranillo.  Wildly, over-the-top floral nose.  It reminded us of Florient, the room freshener back in the aerosol spray heydays (in other words, floral and not in a good way).  Sharp, earthy, pungent.  And spicy (smoky Spanish paprika anyone?).   […]

  • Moon Curser Border Vines, 2010

    With air and time exceptional flavour, vanilla, black cherry, a woody smoke and a very forward creme de cassis.  Hard not to adore.  “Bordeaux” style blend.  Yummy.  Yet another provocative red from the Similkameen (our favourite vineyard a few years back was Seven Stones which, ironically or not, we discovered in a restaurant in old […]

  • Dashe Zinfandel, 2009

    Good.  If this wine was an athlete it would have potential.   We cooked up a Zinfandel pot roast (roast roasted three hours in Zinfandel, onion, celery, tomatoes, garlic, porcini mushrooms, marjoram) with some new potatoes and served a bottle of Dashe Dry Creek Zin as a go-with.  In advance of dinner it was soft, […]

  • Walter Clore Private Reserve Columbia Crest Columbia Valley Red Wine, 2008

    Gloriously good.  Red all over: Berries, smoke, vanilla, leather, tannins, you name it.  But quite the potent potable.  It absolutely must be decanted or aerated or at least left in your glass to sit, as only then will the fullness of this robust red, this superb accomplishment, come to fruition.  Sorry, I wish I could […]

  • Blue Mountain Chardonnay, 2011

    If you drink a lot of wine you may get immune to palatable wines that aren’t top of the heap.  This is that sort of wine.  It’s absolutely totally OK but not write a wine blog about great.  No one at the table had any complaints, no one had any raves.   The BMC starts […]

  • Il Veltro Brunello di Montalcino, 2006

    From the cellar: My sister joined a wine club and gifted me a bottle of Brunello.  Some guys have all the luck.   This was velvety, enormously approachable, easy on the palate, luxurious but not a complicated red which without any air was silky smooth but with air had an opportunity to blossom with some […]

  • Burrowing Owl Pinot Gris, 2011

    Not paper thin.  Not diluted to only resemble wine.  Not so plain and simple and boring as to be inconsequential.  Not like lemon water.  In short, nothing like the pinot gris dross that is all over town as an in-drink and which has become the alias of wine.  This is quite luscious, pear, apple and […]

  • La Frenz Chardonnay Reserve, 100 Series, 2010

    Ah, the hard to find La Frenz Reserve Chardonnay.  Delectable.  Caramel on a pear.  Butterscotch, spice, nuance, you name it.  Scrumptious finish.  I could go on and on and on and would gladly sound off in a fine rendition of the Wine Spectator masters (I think they have their own special Roget’s for oenophiles).  But […]

  • Four Vines Maverick Zinfandel, Amador County, 2010

    When wine reviewers write that Zin is “jammy” this is pretty much what they mean.  This is a jam pot at the B&B breakfast table.  Archetypal Zin and very, very easy to drink.  Has a berry, plum and vanilla nose and on the palate ends with a modest peppery bite and a zesty alcoholic  knock.  […]