Month: October 2014

  • Qupé Roussanne, 2010

    From the cellar: For Thanksgiving I thought an interesting white was in order. Braised pork shoulder in leeks, carrots, onions, dried apricots. This would have been Riesling’s time to shine but my cellar is not so well-stocked. We had a gifted prestigious Rhone varietal from the always interesting Qupé. A lot to ponder: Pronounced minerality […]

  • La Frenz Montage, 2011

    The last Montage we had was a 2008 I found tucked away in the “cellar.” Nectar from the gods; so nice I reviewed it twice. To say the expectations were high for a more recent vintage was the understatement of our holiday weekend. The 11 did not sustain the affair. Sad to say, we have […]

  • Valenciso Reserva, 2007

    In a trio of Tempranillo’s we quaffed a few weeks back this took the prize. True, the Moraqona La Duna was better value, but this had an astounding wow factor that really lends itself to impressing guests. Deep, dark, ruby red, with luscious notes of spice (cinnamon, mace), cherry, the smell of an old wood […]

  • Ribera del Duero, Ninin, 2009

    What a huge disappointment. A big pointer with the Robert Parker crowd (92 points to be exact) this is exactly the sort of wine that critics say the Robert Parker crowd loves and which lead to copycat wines which leads to a world full of monotonous Robert Parker 92 point wines. From the get go, […]

  • Vega Moragona La Duna, Tempranillo, 2010

    A little piquant and not in a good way. And that, my friends, is me scraping the barrel for something critical. Who can complain at this price point? This evocative Tempranillo is an astonishingly good value. Amazingly good value. $17 at the Ontario liquor store. Wonders never cease. Big, broad, brash. Fruity, smoky, elegant. A […]