Month: June 2014

  • Haywire Switchback Pinot Gris, 2012

    Now we’re talking. A gorgeous expression of the varietal. This is not your wafer thin mild mannered verging on banal PG that you’ve been offered at gallery soirees. This is like an artisanal PG. On the palate, pleasing, pungent, with forward notes of citrus fruits mellowed by an assertive but enticing minerality. We just loved […]

  • La Frenz Chardonnay, Freedom 75 Vineyard, 2013

    Good. Enjoyable. Great value. Opens up to a mellow, not too brash Chardonnay that is easy sipping and wonderful to share. But…   Not as good as previous vintages. We get a mixed case each year—despite not being in the VQA club, La Frenz makes some great wine—so anticipation runs high. This year’s bottling lacks […]

  • Young & Wyse, Black Sheep Blend, 2011

    Truthfully, a disappointment. Fruit forward and to the point of being sour. The notes of a better wine but the finish of something half-hearted.  See also our disappointing notes on the Haywire White Label Pinot… Applauded and loved by many so maybe we’re in the minority. It completely paled toa a home-made pizza which any […]

  • Haywire White Label Pinot Noir, 2012

    It smells like Pinot. It looks like Pinot. It says on the label Pinot. But what a disappointment. Too bad; at 12.4 per cent alcohol (where am I, France?) and a budget conscious $23, I had my hopes up. But what a letdown on the palate, thin and acidic and wanting. What non-oeno words come […]

  • Teso La Monja, Romanico Toro 2011

    Based on “91” point  review hoopla we bought half a case. Mistake? If I’d posted this review at bottle one it would be a bomb. Why bother? And in fact I’ve read a few blogs that found this bottle more hype than heaven.  But at bottle five we hit a sweet spot: We served it […]