Archive for April 30th, 2015

April 30, 2015

Beronia Rioja Reserva, 2010

Baronia Rioja 2010



This drinks like the red wine Robert Parker likes, which means predictably. It’s like a Jack in the Box; you know what’s coming out of the bottle simply by his points. It’s a smooth and easy to drink red, rich and I guess satisfying, but it’s like how many Godzilla movies can Hollywood churn out and retain viewer interest, if you know what I mean? Technically, there’s nothing bad to say. Except, yawn…


Price: $25 at BC Liquor, and readily available, and a good price.


Market Liquidity: Seven parts oak, three parts satisfaction.

April 30, 2015

Burrowing Owl Merlot, 2011

Burrowing Owl Merlot 2011

Evocative of the varietal, with typical cherry, hazelnut and woodsy notes. It seems a little heavy, a little headstrong, in an oppressive rather than ethereal fashion. On the plus side we made harissa cumin chicken, with leeks, lemon and arugula, strong and assertive flavours, and the BO had the stamina to go the distance.


Price: $30 from the vineyard.


Market Liquidity: Of note, but not particularly noteworthy.