Archive for November 28th, 2015

November 28, 2015

Tinhorn Creek Gewurztraminer, 2014

Much loved. You may be hard pressed to find it. For us, sweet to the point of cloying without a lightness the varietal demands and without the balance the reviewers claim. Ever eaten a series of lychees then hit upon one overripe, sweet to the point of annoying, cloying? That is sort of this fragrant and otherwise lovely wine. It just goes too far in one direction. But one the nose, striking, and although too heavy it cuts through Indian with aplomb. Still, not a keeper. But don’t take it from us. Gismondi gave it 90, Aspler and Schreiner gave it 91, Maclean 92.


Beppi in the Globe was perhaps the most honest, writing if a good Alsatian gewurz hit the gym and lost ten pounds it might be this.

Tinhorn Creek Gewurztraminer

Price: A spectacular value at $16.99 before tax. At this price, take the dip.


Market Liquidity: Beppi rules.

November 28, 2015

Castello di Gabbiano Chianti Classico, 2011

Lively. I believe that’s what the professionals say about a wine of this sort (i.e., the ones they score in the mid-80s). All the component parts of a good Chianti delivered just slightly below the bar. Fruit? Check. Scads. Light tannins? Check. Smooth finish? Perfectly palatable if unremarkable. You can score this in the US for as low as $7 a bottle. It’s in the low-20s in BC. A tad too much acid we thought but a crowd pleaser.  By the case at $7USD. Have a browse in BC.

Castello di Gabbiano Chianti Classico 2011

Price: $22 at BC Liquor


Market Liquidity: If the other option is a bottled swathed in wicker, choose the Gabbiano.

wicker chianti