Archive for September, 2013

September 27, 2013

Quinta da Crasto Old Vines, Douro Reserva, 2007

022From the cellar: Like curling up in satin sheets, sinfully luxurious, over-the-top delectable.  Drive you to alcoholism good.  We needed something “hot” to follow-up the Woodward Canyon, as well as a surprisingly good La Frenz Cab Sauv, and this got dusted off for a Sunday roast dinner.  Luscious.  It has a jammy spiciness, almost like chutney without the acid, but velveteen like a strained jelly.


Having said that I’m embarrassed to say that the Quinta do Crasto reserva is not in the spirit of this blog.  It was an impulse purchase (in April 2010), twice the cost of what we like to spend on a bottle, and riddled with “high point” praise, not our general arbiter for choice.  The 09 and a few 08s are available now, at the same price, and it’s all I can do to refrain from buying more.


Warm but not cozy.  Fulfilling but not filling.  Many other positive attributes you won’t read in educated wine columns but all of them meaning wonderful.


Price: $43 in 2010 at BC Liquor


Market Liquidity: I can get me some satisfaction.

September 20, 2013

Woodward Canyon Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008

091From the cellar: And the Oscar goes to…


Sensational.  Magnificent.  Sumptuous.  (Should read like the excerpt review blurbs on a blockbuster. ) Astonishingly over-the-top brilliant.  Hands down the best American Cab Sauv I’ve ever had.  Seriously.  You would think California would dominate but in fact this is so refined, approachable, nuanced and even delicate as to wow the most jaded of connoisseurs.   Forget what the WA or WS wrote, just source a bottle and get on with it.  With apologies to Kool and the Gang, this is a party going on right here.


Found lying all by its lonesome in the cellar, neglected!  I think it came one Christmas.  Surreptitiously drank it only to time it as this blog’s 200th post.  What a celebration.


Price: Gifted.  How lucky.  But around $50 a bottle from the vineyard. (We saw the 2010 on a restaurant wine list for $115.)


Market Liquidity:  On the path to Nirvana.

September 18, 2013

La Frenz Naramata Bench Sonoran Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

019From the cellar: Wow.  As in where has this bottle been hiding?  Came from a vineyard order some time back and got lost in “the cellar.”  A minefield of wonder: Licorice, leather, mace, blackberry, a beautiful finish.  Scintillating on the palate.  Still has shelf life, but alas it was our last bottle.  Gorgeously food friendly.  Maybe you’ll spot it on a wine list?  La Frenz can be uneven but there was nothing but balance here.  Watch out Washington!  Trumped the Australian Marquis Philips we had a week ago.

Price: Twenty something; didn’t keep a record.


Market Liquidity: Jump up and down good.

September 18, 2013

Marquis Philips Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008

007Wine with balls.  Will stand up to a Spanish chorizo, arugula salad, smoky paprika, olive and feta and pretty much any striking flavour you throw at it.  Hefty, pungent, sharp, a slight sting; but a little too hefty and pungent and sharp.  That said, it’s not as food friendly as, say the Tarima, reviewed here a few weeks ago.  The MP lacks subtlety and finesse.  But the rich berry-smoke-leather tannic notes make this an easy BBQ quaffer.  You would think, in 2013, that an 08 Cab Sauv would be at its prime but our bottle read a little stiff, not luscious.


Easy to source at government and private stores.  Kudos to the screw cap.  A little top heavy in alcoholic volume.


Price: $22.99 at Everything Wine.


Market Liquidity: Did the job but clocked out early.

September 16, 2013

Kung Fu Girl Riesling, 2012

056Light as angel food cake, a hint of effervescence, sweetness on the tongue but not sugary sweet, lychees, nectarine and tangerine (and maybe 10 more “ines”…).


Soft, round, delectable, artistic—but certainly not martial!  A very silly name and inane label for a wonderfully classic style Riesling that paired beautifully with South Asian cuisine.


Price: $21.99 at BC Liquor


Market Liquidity: Don’t put up a fight.