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.
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.
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
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.