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September 15, 2015

Blue Mountain Pinot Gris, 2014

The new BM PG is out. A friend sent me an email recently “Don’t you drink anything besides Pinot Gris?” I apologize; it’s a half case here, a half case there. Fun fact: Did you know Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc are all genetic mutations of the same grape? Sorry; this blog is not about wine education! My apologies though for yet one more PG review.  I think with the cooler weather we’re closing in on our 2015 allotment.

Blue Mountain Pinot Gris 2014

The BM will sell out, it always does, but it’s not a stellar year. Dry, crisp, tart, like the first apples of the season. The oak gives it a slight dimension not common in BC PG. Brusque, if it can be said, as it leaves little on the palate. A lovely counterpoint to some Manchego, avocado and kohlrabi slaw, a not exceptional sipper but pleasant. Does not have the legs for serious cuisine. Still, five more bottles to go, and it won’t be hard…


Price: Inexpensive. Period.  Kudos to BM.


Market Liquidity: Mixed emotions.

September 15, 2015

Au Bon Climat Chardonnay, Santa Barbara County, 2010

Grgich Hills step aside. Gorgeous California Chard. Elevated comfort food, er wine. Smooth, elegant, buttery, butterscotch, balanced, nuanced, a long soft cakey finish, lightly floral. It was sad we only had one bottle so we tasted a farewell to summer with a find summer wine. Thank you ABC.  A most satisfying white.  And what a superstar compared to the 2011.

Scintillatingly good

Price: $25 from the vineyard; even with the Canadian peso it was worth it.


Market Liquidity: What a difference a day vintage makes.

September 15, 2015

Au Bon Climat Chardonnay, Santa Barbara County, 2011

Hard to believe this is vintage Chardonnay; on first blush, acidic, citric, aggressively tropical. But with some air, and warmth, a lovely apple, pear and stone fruit comes forward, a modest vanilla balanced with a nuanced gun metal finish are reminiscent of tasting rooms in Burgundy.

Au Bon Climat Los Alamos Vineyard Santa Barbara Chardonnay 2011

The bottom line: We didn’t love this. At least not by the glass. But by golly we didn’t hate it, and with a plain roast chicken it was delectable. As a complement wine, it was fresh, nutty, piquant and crisp.

Price: From the vineyard, but not expensive in USD.

Market Liquidity: It makes the cut, but it’s not first past pole.

NB: See our much different take on the 2010 here.