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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.