Archive for May 28th, 2013

May 28, 2013

La Stella Fortissimo, 2009

004This is a beautiful big jammy mouthful of wonderful red that is a rarity in BC stores and we were lucky to have gifted at a dinner party.  What a blend.  Strong and assertive.  We were wowed that Osoyoos is churning out big reds of this caliber.  Lots of oohs and aahs.  I could lay on the superlatives but unfortunately this is a most stunning example of what we wrote about a few weeks back when we picked up a magnificent Washington blend for less than $15, and I quote:

That’s what many wine lovers in BC call the three-to-one and although incredibly common you rarely read about it in the Canadian wine review columns: Three wonderful, satisfying, delectable reds, easy access in the US, versus one hard-to-source expensive bottle in Canada.  And you don’t read about it much because the wine reviewers don’t pay exorbitant prices for wine and rarely run into access issues the way consumers do.  So, yes, that’s a dig at a) Canadian liquor taxes, b) the reviewers in their wine cloister, c) the wine establishment, and d) the consumers who don’t complain.


So sorry La Stella; it was nice while it lasted.


Price: Gifted, but I’m told $40+ if you can find it and I doubt you will.


Market Liquidity: Life goes on.

May 28, 2013

Astrolabe Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, 2011

001Refreshing, invigorating, herbaceous, most of what you want in a NZ SB but quite a few dollars more than the $15-18 crowd and without the Cloudy Bay pizazz that warrants the extra bucks (close your eyes and you might take it for Brancott).  Sorry for the short review but this was short on what we were looking for.  If price is no matter, buy a case.


Price: $23.99 at Everything Wine


Market Liquidity: Not the belle of the ball.

May 28, 2013

Arboleda Chardonnay, 2010

003Blah.  It comes with several prestigious reviews and high points. So it must be good.  But unfortunately this is everything we’re not looking for in a Chardonnay: Heavy, syrupy, cloying, food un-friendly (food-annoying, food-distracting).  I was stunned to see it described as elegant with a subtle minerality in our local reviewer’s column.  No.  Not true.  Ridge, they make a couple of chardonnays that are elegant with a subtle minerality; see one here.  So does Fevre.  And a heap of others.  But, having just come back from Chile where we sipped elegant wines glass after glass, this was a downer of the first order.

A few weeks ago when we had some Huet Vouvray, it, too, had a heaviness on the palate, but the nuance, depth and flavour profile stunned us.  In a good way.  This, not so much.  Not at all.

Price: $21.99 at Everything Wine

Market Liquidity: No dice.