Month: July 2015

  • Espelt Garnacha Old Vines, 2010

    The Wine Advocate gave this 92 points. Seriously! It’s good. We liked it. Hell, I bought half a case. But this is a Tuesday night wine with radicchio and pancetta risotto. It’s not a 92 point wine.   The WA talked about copious aromas of raspberry jam, black currants, kirsch, flowers and forest floor. I’m […]

  • Burrowing Owl Pinot Gris, 2014

    I’m going to cut to the chase: Not as good as the last time we bothered to review a BO PG; see here.  They have pushed the lushness of it a little over the top.  But BO is still a heavenly vineyard, both to visit and to reward yourself with a mixed case every now […]

  • Errazuriz Max Reserva Sauvignon Blanc

    Something happened to Sauvignon Blanc. Something not good. Something like what happened to food when every chef and his dog was deconstructing classics and reimagining what needed nothing more than good ingredients and a deft hand. Was it in the 1980s? Or the 1990s? Or just a few years ago? Something happened between, at one […]

  • Sea Star Vineyards Siegerrebe, 2014

    Sieger what? South Pender Island lies along the Strait of Juan de Fuca, abutting the meandering nautical Border Pass which dips below the 49th along the US and Canada. East across Plumper Sound, even further south, is Saturna Island. Both have young-ish vineyards. Sea Star at Pender comes out of the gate with a select […]

  • Bodegas Elias Moro Descarte, 2012

    A touch of potpourri? This wine did not live up to the poinster’s lauds (in my humble opinion). Tanzer gave it 92 points writing “Heady aromas of blueberry, boysenberry and violet, lifted by a smoky topnote and a touch of potpourri. Broad, sappy and concentrated, offering vibrant dark fruit flavors complemented by notes of allspice, […]