2012 Columbia Crest Two Vines Riesling; 2011 Domaines André Aubert Le Devoy Rouge; The Franc, Consentino Cabernet Franc, Lodi, 2012

Everything Wine Wine Club, December 2013: Six different wines, two bottles of each.  Here is a review of half of the EW box from Christmas.

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2012 Columbia Crest Two Vines Riesling

Light, appealing, in the Alsace style.  Loaded with stone fruit flavour, a tad sweet with just a light hit of acidity.  Delectable and low in alcohol.  A cheese souffle marriage.

 

Price: $22.99 at Everything Wine

Market Liquidity: Easy like Sunday morning.

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2011 Domaines André Aubert Le Devoy Rouge

Unbelievably gorgeous red.  Stupendous value.  If in BC, where the wine tax is sky high, we’re paying under $20 for wine this good, it beggars the mind what the French pay; maybe it’s on a spigot at the local bistro?

 

From the get go this has all the hallmarks of a new world red, astonishingly good, a deep purple hue with sharp notes of blueberry, cherry, plum and an undercurrent of barnyard hay and leather.  Appealing as an aperitif, creamy with a meat main.  Only thing that held back higher praise was it’s (also new world-ish) high alcohol; 14.5%.  We thought that was banned in France?

Price: $19.99 at Everything Wine

Market Liquidity: Gold, Jerry, Gold.

 

The Franc, Consentino Cabernet Franc, Lodi, 2012

Ah Chinon.  Nothing like being in a French village and ordering a reasonably priced bottle of Chinon.  So it was a surprise and maybe even a novelty to see a Cab Franc included in the mixed lot.009

 

The Lodi Cabernet Franc proclaims itself a “cashmere” of reds. I will give it its due; it drinks smoothly, easily, and is a brilliant new world example of the varietal.  But it’s also a bit like being in a cigar store; heady and appealing but ultimately overwhelming.  We found it both lovely but a bit tiring, if you get my drift.

 

Price: $26.99 at Everything Wine

Market Liquidity: In the words of Mr. Burns, too much dancing, not enough prancing.

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