Month: November 2013

  • Meerlust Chardonnay, 2010

    Sharply, assertively Chardonnay, but not aggressive.  Meerlust churns out some wonderful wines, most memorably their red Rubicon, but alas they are hard to find in BC.  For me this white is broad, generous, pear, dry earth, some subtle floral notes, bone dry, and a finish that is equal parts the proverbial dry stones with the […]

  • Churchill’s Estates Meio Queijo Tinto Douro Red

    At the Wells in Hampstead on a Sunday for a roast lamb lunch we went out on a limb and got the Douro red.  It’s true some of the most interesting wines are coming out of Portugal right now, but in my limited experience I have had more misses than hits.  As for this blend […]

  • Errazuriz Wild Ferment Pinot Noir, 2011

    On the very same day I had a glass of the Errazuriz I had a glass of the Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir.  One is three times the cost of the other and yet both are eloquent, quiet, and simply lovely wines.  I would argue that the Chilean red has a little more oomph, a tad […]

  • Stoneleigh Marlborough Latitude Sauvignon Blanc, 2012

    Too many NZ Sauv Blancs and you see stars.  Take a break, open a fresh bottle, and it’s like Nirvana.  The good ones can transport you.  I remember having a basic Brancott at the Royal Opera in Covent Garden and it was if all the penguin suits and establishment elites melted away and James Cameron […]

  • See Ya Later Rover, 2010

    Buoyant (but not ethereal).  An interesting and lively (13%) fruity red blend, Shiraz and Viognier, nothing comparable to the Oz reds we have been sipping of late and which dominate the government store shelves, but not a lightweight either.  Hints of vanilla although not overpowering; a range of red fruits—with air almost Kool-Aid-ish in its […]

  • Yalumba “The Scribbler” Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz, 2010

    Astonishingly generic.  The liquor store shelves are teeming with wines of this ilk, largely from Oz, but also South America and the Pacific Coast, CA to BC.  They range in price from about $16 to $29.  Most are alcohol heavy; 14%, 14.5% or higher and even 16% alcohol.  They have oak and vanilla and fruit […]