Month: March 2016

  • Ch. Saint-Roch Cotes du Roussillon Villages, Kerbuccio, 2011

    From the cellar: So we found an old bottle of this in the cellar, tucked away.  It’s been two years since we drank most of the allotment, I guess this one just got missed. Every word of the original review stands: Stellar wine, over the top impressive at the price point.  Luscious for the lush. […]

  • Serendipity Winery Devil’s Advocate, 2010

    Five medals under its belt. Loved all round. To which I can only say I’ve never seen an episode of CSI. Any of them. Or for that matter Game of Thrones. And I tried, I really tried with Homeland, but the whole neurosis of it all was too gloomy verging on pastiche. Boardwalk Empire? Yawn. […]

  • Sandhill Small Lots Barbera, 2011

    We went from going ga-ga over this, see our review of the 2012 here, to being so-so on the 2009, to being pretty complacent on the 2011. Much too tannic and coarse and really not worth the price tag. A glimmer of the good old days.   Price: $30 plus taxes at Swirl (RIP).   […]

  • Quinta Ferreira Merlot, 2010

    I credit Swirl in White Rock for helping me discover the breadth of Quinta Ferreira wines. They, alas, have bitten the Jimmy Pattison bullet, and are no more. It was a win win for our scattered provincial premier, setting into motion an auction process of monumental shortsightedness which, single-handedly, allowed one of our wealthiest businessmen […]

  • Cuvée Domaine du Bouchot, Pouilly-Fumé, 2014

    The most balanced, exquisite and nuanced Sauvignon Blanc I’ve drunk in years. Astonishingly pleasurable; no hard herby knocks or jolting hay, clean and smooth like a manicured field, bare hints of the barnyard, much more mineral than grass, stone and flint without the acid, pure satisfaction. Could not, however, stand up to a well-spiced dinner […]

  • Mt. Boucherie Family Reserve Chardonnay, 2012

    Hard to find. To be clear, this is not the cardboard box Chardonnay you see all over the place. Who am I to knock a box of wine when I’ve never tasted it? It just seems the sort of conflict of interest that needs to be stated though (because, even if, or when, we taste […]