Archive for February 20th, 2015

February 20, 2015

Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut Champagne

Happy Chinese New Year

Happy Chinese New Year!


I didn’t celebrate CNY but I did celebrate Valentine’s (not alone of course!) and look at my gift.  A $70 bottle of sparkling.  Oooh la la.  Came with its own cool pack.

Perrier Jouet

I fell head over heels for this rich, creamy Champers.  Then I went to BC Liquor and saw how much it cost.  They have a review citing its apple flavour which gives way to lemon curd and warm bread.  I didn’t get that.  I got more peach/apricot, with an astringent passion fruit or tropical note; the yeasty notes are constrained.  A consistent and long lasting effervescence.  To wallow in.


Price: $67 at BC Liquor.


Market Liquidity: Why do rap stars bother with Cristal?

February 20, 2015

Moss Wood Margaret River Chardonnay, 2010

Crap. As in holy crap, er, Holy Crap I guess. Bone dry, startlingly low oak, pure fruit that crosses between honeydew and cantaloupe without one smidgen of syrup (cantaloupe, what the Australians call rock melon, that’s a much better descriptor, it catches that stoniness of the fruit), crisp, tiny little pasty notes that leave you with a nut butter finish, unbearably delicious.

Moss Wood Chardonnay 2010

Price: Expensive.  I don’t dip into this category.  Although, obviously, some people do.  This came sort of gifted, so I researched online after the fact and was astounded at the bottle price.  I was a bit cavalier just opening this on a week night but no regrets.


Market Liquidity: Regrets, I’ve had a few, but never one from Margaret River.

February 20, 2015

Emplacement Walla Walla Syrah, 2012

Americans need to stop saying Syrah.  It’s as affected as toe-mah-toe.  Still, that’s a rant for another day.  This is a full on crazy ass kick in the pants walloping of red. All the leather you’d expect in Grenache and all the spice you’d hope for in Cabernet. This is headstrong but softly romantic. It’s deeply aromatic and with a ludicrous finish. All the hits of those 15-17% Australian reds flooding the market without the headiness. I write it over and over and over, but Walla Walla is the bomb. Let’s give it some love already.

Emplacement Syrah

Price: Less than $20 in WA.


Market Liquidity: Washington puts BC to shame yet again.

February 20, 2015

Array Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, 2010

Unctuous. Although, I know, a much under-used and mis-used word because I don’t mean oily or minerally I mean virtuous.


OK: Good. Very good. None of that grating severity common in unoaked chardonnay. Has all the warmth of a much finer, more refined white. But who am I to say this isn’t refined? It’s just the price that baffles me. Around $20 for a white that, if made in BC, would be over $40.  There is a tinge of burnt sugar on the tongue, not a sharp caramel, but just a flinty sweetness that is hugely alluring.

Array Chardonnay

Mission Hill bottles a Perpetua that I would put in this class but then, again, I wouldn’t. I mean the Array stands heads and tails above it. Absolutely a perfect fish wine, a very good mushroom wine, a decent (non tomato sauce) pasta wine, and a fairly decent aperitif.


Price: Over $40 USD in a restaurant so, presumably, $20-25 retail.


Market Liquidity: Who says unctuous?  Prick.