Espelt Garnacha Old Vines, 2010

Espelt Garnacha Old Vines 2013

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.

 

You saute onion and pancetta, then braise radicchio.  Set aside.  Make risotto.  Top with radicchio.  Heaven.

You saute onion and pancetta, then braise radicchio. Set aside. Make risotto. Top with radicchio. Heaven.

The WA talked about copious aromas of raspberry jam, black currants, kirsch, flowers and forest floor. I’m not certain what forest floor is but there is lovely (although not copious) amounts of the rest. It needs air, it needs time, and I reckon a year or two more in the cellar even at five years down the road.

 

Price: Here’s the deal. A place called Pete’s in Seattle, wonderful wine store, had six bottles on sale for $58 USD. The WA had a rave review.  You know how it goes.  So I thought what the heck.  Then, however, I had to pay the EXTREME Canadian duty and taxes. You can buy marijuana in Vancouver right, left, and centre, but god forbid you drink a bottle of wine, it’s ding ding ding. So when you factor in all the “penalties” as well as our crap dollar and heavy exchange, one bottle came out to nearly $30 CDN, three times what a Seattle buyer paid. At that price, I think there is better value red, even just Grenache getting dusty at BCL.  But congrats to the lucky WA buyers.

 

Market Liquidity: Base hit, no homer.

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