Month: January 2013

  • Villa Regia Douro Reserva, 2008

    The best Portuguese wine I’ve ever had?  It’s really not saying much.  In our everyday liquor stores there’s no renaissance of Portuguese wine the way there has been with Spain and Chile.  Maybe it’s access, domain, importation issues, whatever, it just seems that decent, reasonably priced Portuguese wine is not the ordinary here.  To date […]

  • Clos du Soleil, Signature, 2010

    How the other half live.  A most fine example of what could be the average BC bottle but unfortunately isn’t.   If you can find it you’ll pay at least $39 a bottle, but probably more, so obviously I’ve never bought it.  Gentle, but not obsequious, not some mild-mannered red blend made from the dregs […]

  • Nichol Nine Mile Red, 2010

    An imperfect red blend that drinks perfectly.  Sharp, tart, chalky, acid, leathery, smoky, and a lovely lingering cherry oak finish.  Quite sensational in its own quirky way, like a favorite t-shirt with a few frays and stains, and not quite as refined as you would expect at this price point.  We love Nichol, when our […]

  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Chardonnay, 2010

    A very ballsy chardonnay.  Robust, forward, nothing restrained.  That’s another way of saying it doesn’t have that delicate, French style of refinement common in those over-the-top pricey Burgundies, which is not a partisan comment, it just is.  We took a pass on their everyday chardonnay, but this lovely bottle gave us pause.   Wicked legs.  […]

  • Perrin Vinsobres, 2009

    Damn easy to drink.  A gorgeous, approachable blend from Famille Perrin, part Syrah, but (to us) it tasted more of the Grenache, with not too much of the heavy spice of Syrah, and more of the (pleasant) bitterness of Grenache, fruit and chocolate, and like velvet.   I got a new toy at Christmas, a […]

  • Noble Ridge Meritage, 2009

    Heady.  Berries, clove, licorice, vanilla.  Intense and forward with an enticing fragrant nose.  Not tannic; although stratospherically alcoholic.  It could mellow over the coming year or two.  At the price point miraculous.   Mainly Merlot.  But blended expertly.   A wonderful winter warmer, if a touch potent.  I was gifted (thank you Santa, and my […]

  • Sandhill Pinot Blanc, 2010

    Sandhill Small Lots are some of the most spectacular (accessible) BC wines; we have some gushing reviews on this blog.  But like Banana Republic’s Monogram line or Brooks Brothers’ Black Fleece, decent brands are always separating out their “quality” from their “superior quality.”  And it gets tiresome.  Sandhill does it with basic Sandhill and their […]

  • Chateau Rollan de By, Medoc, 2005

    From the cellar: Yes, it was Christmas, so another of the last few 05 Bordeaux bottles came out from the cellar.  And, like a virgin birth, it was a miracle.  As Lawrence Welk might have put it, wunneful.  Any smoother and it’d be suede.   Not an ounce of tannic bitterness.  Make this wine gentler […]