Month: September 2013

  • Quinta da Crasto Old Vines, Douro Reserva, 2007

    From 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 […]

  • Woodward Canyon Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008

    From 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 […]

  • La Frenz Naramata Bench Sonoran Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

    From 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.  […]

  • Marquis Philips Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008

    Wine 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 […]

  • Kung Fu Girl Riesling, 2012

    Light 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.   […]