Month: August 2015

  • Baillie-Grohman Blanc de Noir Rosé & Belle Glos Oeil de Perdrix Pinot Noir Blanc 2014

    Rosé is a ruse. You pay the same dollars as for a fine red (or white), and you get something in between, not as good as either. But for whatever reason rosé is also in vogue. Reviewers go head over heel. God knows why. The average Josephine, she tends to like the colour. I write […]

  • Melini La Selvanella Riserva, Chianti Classico, 2010

    Ho-hum.  The Grigio we drank a while back, sensational.  Still holding back on the last few bottles.  This could not compare.   Gismondi loved it and scored it 90 points so of course I bought the last two bottles at my local outlet.  He noted its “silky textures” and “long smooth elegant finish.”  For us […]

  • Bench 1775 Sauvignon Blanc, 2014

    A light, astringent, very sharp, pale straw Sauv Bl that is a wonderful counterpoint to the heavier, more aggressive NZ SBs. Has lovely flavours of grass, gooseberries (who eats gooseberries? I don’t know, but having actually grown them I can tell you they aren’t sweet, they have a juicy acid fruit that is evocative of […]

  • Stag’s Hollow Syrah, 2011

    Heavy. Heavy hitter. Label claims it’s only 13.5% alcohol but it drinks like a 15% California Zin. While it pulls a powerhouse punch, it also sits on the palate with typical Oz Shiraz aplomb; starts out a little acidic but ends soft, full, with all the cherry, plum and stone fruit depth you’d expect in […]

  • Tinhorn Creek Pinot Gris 2013

    How to explain OK PG? It can be heavy, sweet, cloying, light, ethereal, fruity, flat, dry, nuanced and heavy handed. And in all the many guises it takes on, each has its own merit. We tend towards something more patio friendly than this TC but, nonetheless, it won us over.   Yes, it took a […]

  • Moraine Viognier, 2012

    Gismondi gave it a good review. Hmmm.   We have a phrase on the blog for wines that miss the mark this wide of the mark: Not even for risotto.   Price: $19.00 from Mud Bay.   Market Liquidity: Not even for risotto.