Archive for November 22nd, 2013

November 22, 2013

Meerlust Chardonnay, 2010

004Sharply, 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 proverbial buttery cream.  And long; a delightfully long finish, particularly good for sipping and making a glass go longer.

 

Price: 16 pounds sterling (or roughly $27 CDN which isn’t entirely relevant since the UK VAT and BC liquor taxes are chalk and cheese).

 

Market Liquidity: Liquid Krugerrand.

November 22, 2013

Churchill’s Estates Meio Queijo Tinto Douro Red

055At 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 from Churchill (one of the last independents), it was all hit.  A thick and succulent red, first and foremost leather, deep musky earthy overtones and a light oak vanilla on the finish, but not heavy, and although it was a perfect foil to red meat it didn’t drink like a Cab Sauv or Shiraz.  It was both enticing on the nose and palate.  Try to find it…

 

Price: $24 pounds in a restaurant

 

Market Liquidity: Like three cherries on the slots.

November 22, 2013

Errazuriz Wild Ferment Pinot Noir, 2011

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Forgot to take a picture. This 09 pic lifted from the Net. The Wild Ferment series labels have been nicely put together.

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 more spice although less vanilla, and maybe is broader and less typically Pinot-ish, but by gosh does it stand out at the price.  Cedar, a stinging dark berry burst, followed by a slight oak and long fruit finish.

 

The wild ferment (natural yeast) Chardonnay is readily available in BC but not the Pinot.  Too bad.

 

Price: 13 pounds sterling, about $22 CDN.

 

Market Liquidity: Finally the label “natural” is a metaphor for better.