Archive for January 19th, 2016

January 19, 2016

Maycas del Limari Sumaq Reserva Chardonnay, 2013 & Urban Uco Malbec Tempranillo, 2013

Urban Uco Malbec Tempranillo, 2013Value week on Buyingbcwines: To round off our value wine theme this week we finish with an enormously satisfying Chilean Chardonnay and a critics pick. The Argentinian blend, Malbec-Tempranillo, is an over-90 pointer from Parker, and drinks pretty much the way you’d expect: Fruit heavy, a little leaden, rich and hearty. Personally, I didn’t like it, neither its predictability nor character, it’s 14.5%, a little too heavy on the cigar and without any elegance whatsoever. Too flat on the finish. But that is irrelevant. Most people will like it, like it a lot, as a house wine it could sell like hotcakes, the price is exacetment as the French say. Exactamente I should say. In fact, I’ll set the bar for 2016: Best value red in BC at the price. (Let’s see what happens over the next 11 months.) Comparatively, the local and foreign dross at this price point is suicidally depressing. Ignore my misgivings; dare to compare with your other Tuesday night selections.


Price: A budget conscious $14.99 at BC Liquor (with tax $17.25).


Market Liquidity: Like getting an upgrade at the rental desk from economy to midsize.

Maycas del Limari Sumaq Reserva Chardonnay, 2013

The Maycas del Limari, on the other hand, won’t win awards nor critical favour beyond “good value” and “fresh”, but what a hugely appealing wine that speaks volumes to breaking the Chardonnay norm. Honestly, it was exciting to cork this bargain bottle. Bright to the point of glaring, this is sunshine encapsulated in a bottle, and really reminded us of the Boutari (in terms of its liveliness). There are more tropical tangents than you can imagine, guava, pineapple, passionfruit, than typical stony notes, but a current of oak runs underneath the forward, very forward, fruit. Drinks like a 12 per cent lunch wine. Is not cloying and does not seek to wow.  It’s all enjoyment.  Great to sip, perfect with frittata. And easy to share at the cost.


Price: $21 with tax ($18 before) at Everything Wine or Legacy.


Market Liquidity: Carnival in Rio in a bottle.

January 19, 2016

Edge Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012

Value week on Buyingbcwines: For the life of me I couldn’t get a decent picture. This is an online dupe of what I would call a ludicrous label from a Graphics 101 wannabe under cheap contract.

Edge Cabernet Sauvignon

Beyond the inane label is wine: A really impressive (if somewhat predictable) California Cab Sauv. Heavyweight properties (hence Parker’s 91 points) but without the Ridge-like price tag. A forward, fruity (and I think) overly sweet mouthful. Will please most of the people most of the time. Hits of peppercorn and overripe blackberry on the palate. No soft finish.


Price: Under $30 at BCL, over with tax. Given our dollar, good value.


Market Liquidity: Value. Not valuable.

January 19, 2016

Zuccardi Serie A Torrontés, 2013

Value week on Buyingbcwines: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris have all had their day—to a point where no one bats an eye when there’s nothing else on offer. Not so Torrontés. Why? Maybe because the low altitude Torrontés common on the BCL shelves is so different from the high altitude? And the latter, more sere, striking and of course rarer, is not what drinkers think of when they think of Torrontés? Does anyone think of Torrontés?


They should think of this especial example from Zuccardi. At the risk of sounding like a ponce, this is both aggressive and seductive. A juicy, grassy, fruit forward wine that evokes Semillon, Sauv Bl and Gewurtz. Absolute pleasure. Gorgeously food friendly. Absolutely unique.  From the high vineyards of Salta.

Zuccardi Serie A Torrontés, 2013

Price: You can still find the 2013 at a few private stores if you’re clever at or around the $20 mark. If you’re not fussy about the year, Everything Wine always has some in stock.


Market Liquidity: Start a trend.