Month: May 2014

  • Ridge Sonoma County Three Valleys, 2011

    It’s been a few years since we’ve shelled out for more Ridge. Our other review of Three Valleys are here: 2008, 2009. We have always appreciated the skill that goes into the Three Valleys blend. The 2011 however was just stupendous. A generous blend, if you will; soft and mouth watering and hugely fruit forward. […]

  • Rock & Vine Three Branches Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012

    It seemed sinful to drink this 2012 in 2014. The wine has legs and could stand another year or two waiting. Worth having a few to lay down and compare notes over the next three years. It was heady with strong, powerful flavours of cedar and leather with light fruit notes. Every inch a cabernet […]

  • Harper’s Trail Pinot Gris, 2012

    In a recent profile on rosé wines, local reviewer Anthony Gismondi raved about the Miraval, posting it 90 points. When we tried it a few months back I decided not to review it. It just wasn’t as interesting, exciting or memorable as all the critical hoopla it’s been garnering along the way. I applaud movie […]

  • Qupé “Bien Nacido Reserve-Block Eleven” Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay, 2010

    A vineyard that does very little wrong and when they bottle something spectacular, like this gorgeous expression of new world Chardonnay, it’s beyond the wow factor. Very and utterly California. You could be on a lounger in July in Healdsburg (even in the cold Vancouver rain). Lots of crisp gun metal acidity, heaps of sharp […]

  • Nk’Mip Cellars Talon, 2011

    Not love at first sight, but lovely. We drank two bottles although only warmed to it when it had air, and a lot of it. Oak and plum and smoky notes with hints of vanilla.   A very modern wine. Blended as if to appeal to the largest crowd; nothing about it seemed old school […]