Month: March 2014

  • Château D’Agassac Haut-Médoc, 2005

    From the cellar: This blog is littered with complaints about the supposed brilliance of the over-hyped, over-priced, 05 Bordeaux—but not in this post. We had low expectations, it wasn’t a prime suspect by Parker. But the CDA was velvet smooth, hints of cedar, hay, dark fruit, pepper and with a lingering elegant finish. Tannin free. […]

  • Château Olivier Blanc, Pessac-Léognan, 2006

    From the cellar: I had to get the all season tires from the crawl space, which is no small feat, and of course once I’m down there I can’t resist handling the wines that are purposely out of reach. So two bottles Bordeaux blessed our weekend.   From the fridge this was too cold, crisp […]

  • Clos de Chacras, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2007

    Complex, mysterious, and worth savouring. Superbly evocative of the varietal.   We had an “episode” with the cork, so I started with negative bias. We had to decant, then aerate through a sieve, and there was still a slightly sour note on the palate as well as a soupcon of cork. But it mellowed, it […]

  • La Frenz Naramata Bench Viognier, 2012

    In another of our “revisiting recent vintages of wines we loved” week we sampled a newer La Frenz Viognier. In our review of the 2011 Viognier we went rather ga-ga, oohing and awing at the wonder of it all. Well, hmm, yeah. I don’t think there are any apologies in order but while we also […]

  • La Stella Fortissimo, 2011

    We spent the week revisiting newer vintages of wines we reviewed with high praise in the past. This pick has held up beautifully; still strong, assertive, gobs of fruit and lusciously food friendly. We drank it down with a sharp flavoured cheese souffle and steamed vegetables. Not much to add to the first review, the […]

  • Olivier Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet, 2009

    Glorious.  I could sing a hymn: Be thou o God exalted high, and as thy glory fills the sky…  I heard Brahms.  I heard Bach. So, OK, enough with the hyperbole.  This is just a very, very satisfying bottle of wine.  It has that striking balance that hits you with alacrity because most wine, most […]

  • Cellar Hand Punch Down Red, 2011

    Our current go-to weekday red.  Here it is out the door for recycling; it went too fast for me to get a picture…  A “lesser” red from the notable Black Hills winery, this is a fabulous everyday wine, easy to drink, not remarkable but certainly better than the meagre 87 points local reviewer Gismondi gave […]

  • Stag’s Leap Karia Chardonnay, 2011

    Not as magic as the Grgich Hill, although in the same price range.  A beautiful expression of California Chardonnay (you know, the hard hitting Chard; we call a lot of California Chards Hollywood White).  And, yes, a lovely white, although quite forward chilled and “friendlier” with air.  As it warmed the predominant oak gave way […]

  • Kunde Chardonnay, 2012

    Strong and assertive, very dry, quite acid, but on the palate a fair bit of nuance.  Even curious (at room temperature).  For us, too typically wham-bam Chardonnay for a repeat performance, but round the table there were comments about tropical fruits and spice and whatnot.  A little over the top for me.   Price: $15 […]