Archive for October 31st, 2012

October 31, 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 Five?  My point exactly.


Price: $17.99 at BC Liquor.


Market Liquidity: Every bottle doesn’t need to be a blockbuster.

October 31, 2012

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?).


It has great reviews online and seems to be well liked and based on that I bought three bottles but I will be gifting them over the holiday.  Just not our cup of tea.


Price: Under $20 at Everything Wine.


Market Liquidity: If you like Biga Luna’s movies you’ll like Ribota.

October 31, 2012

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 Montreal).  However, and at the risk of this becoming a boring blog theme, stingingly, stinkingly alcoholic.  Sort of like a hot jock in high school: Not so hot in real life.  Afterwards we wondered whether there was too much show?  We really had a bomb from this vineyard a while back (see here for the review) but this came through.

Price: $24.90 at the friendly VQA shops

Market Liquidity: There are worse ways to get drunk.

October 31, 2012

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, approachable and I’m sure a crowd-pleaser, but it paled with dinner, oddly, and sipped without finesse.


We noticed, most prominently, vanilla, followed by the chocolate (the label stated chocolate as prominent).  But if you bake you will know that not all vanilla’s are equal.  Mexican vanilla maintains integrity if slow baked in a mud cake whereas Tahitian vanilla should be added to a pudding or dish that has already cooked as it would fade on a long bake.  Vanillas have degrees of prominence and depth as do flavours in wine and for this bottle we felt the vanilla was gentle and delectable and with a fine finish, but not a heavyweight, and a tad shy of holding up to a strong meat main.


Price: $21 USD, not available in BC.


Market Liquidity: A good stand-in.