Month: August 2013

  • Saturna Wild Ferment Riesling, 2011

    When Saturna Vineyards’ wines first hit the market they were pricey, uneven (Okanagan grapes) and mostly just passable.  Over time, as their vines have matured and more island grapes are making it into the bottle, the house has gone through several (one? two? three label redesigns?) changes.  More importantly the prices have all levelled out […]

  • Poplar Grove Chardonnay, 2011

    Really?  Gismondi really liked this (88 points), citing its “fresh mashed apple nose” and Beppi over at the Globe went a little over the top even referring to its “aromatic verve” and giving it a whopping 91 points.  Although I respect both men and particularly like Crosarial’s descriptive flair, so much less pedantic than the […]

  • Ch Saintayme St-Emilion Grand Cru, 2005

    From the cellar: Unearthed yet another from the famous 05 stash.  It was lovely and a treat but also not thrilling.  Imagine a very, very good bottle of Merlot.  Then imagine paying for it, cellaring it, and opening it up half a decade later.  Expectations will probably run a little high.   Layered, yes, but […]

  • La Frenz Montage, 2008

    From the cellar: Stuck in the back of the “cellar” and forgotten?  But oh so luscious and what a wonderful keeper this turned out to be.  The Naramata Bench Rattlesnake Vineyard Montage  (a Shiraz, Merlot, Cab Sauv blend with Shiraz bling and Merlot deftness and not too much CS it seemed).  Big and bold with […]

  • Peter Lehmann Layers, 2011

    A quality blend (and we are blend nuts) at a reasonable price (and we are nothing if not budget conscious) but, alas, not a lot more.  Lehmann (now part of the Hess “family”) makes some accessible wines at prices that mean parties can go on longer, and wine can be at table instead of beer.  […]

  • Mt Monster Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010

    Petrol, pepper, eucalyptus, cedar and dark cherry.  Be careful; it’s one of those Jekyll and Hyde reds, with a lot of Incredible Hulk heft (14.5%) alcohol, but easy to sip with virtually no burn.  Compared to many of the California Cab Sauvs at this price point, the Monster is an exceptional value with none of […]

  • Tantalus Riesling, 2012

    Sharply acidic and predominantly lemon with a nuanced candy floss teaser on the finish.  A most pleasant Okanagan Riesling and a lovely expression of the breadth of this varietal.  Yet more proof that “gentle” whites excel where the vineyards are awash in hefty reds.  In the heat of summer, with a salade nicoise or fish […]

  • M Chapoutier “Beaurevoir” Tavel Rosé, 2012

    Summer.  Fresh fruit, new vegetables, BBQ.  Flowers in bloom.  It feels so good and you’re in such a good mood that every year (every year) when the sales clerk sells you on a sensational bottle of rosé you take the bait.  And every year it’s the same old same old; whites and reds are better.  […]