Archive for March, 2016

March 20, 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.

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

Every word of the original review stands: Stellar wine, over the top impressive at the price point.  Luscious for the lush.


Price: $20 USD in 2013.


Market Liquidity: Hugh Johnson and Robert Parker join hands and sing Kumbaya.

March 19, 2016

Serendipity Winery Devil’s Advocate, 2010

Serendipity Winery Devil’s Advocate, 2010Five 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. So maybe I’m not cut out to see what’s so impressive in this obviously much lauded red; I found it very mixed up without direction, layers of flavour but no cohesion. But my partner found it similarly disappointing. With at least 50ml left to go it sat on the counter for over a week until someone (behind my back!) poured it down the drain.


Price: Close to $30.


Market Liquidity: When the symphony tunes up all the instruments are hitting the right note, but they aren’t playing a melody.

March 19, 2016

Sandhill Small Lots Barbera, 2011

Sandhill Small Lots Barbera, 2011We 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).


Market Liquidity: Three strikes and yer out.

March 18, 2016

Quinta Ferreira Merlot, 2010

Quinta Ferreira Merlot, 2010I 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 to swoop in and pick up a virtual monopoly on indie wine stores. But that’s water under the bridge (the $3.5 billion Massey Tunnel replacement bridge to be more accurate…)


Strident: The QF Merlot is nothing if not assertive. We liked it, not loved it, found it tried just a tad too hard, with firm not soft edges and nothing supple on the palate. All the regular fruit notes of any decent Merlot with a lip smacking woodsy flair but lacking the panache of the Alegria. But this is a winery we’ve come to place great store in and will be buying mixed lots by the case.


Price: $26 at Swirl (RIP).


Market Liquidity: No rod was spared.

March 17, 2016

Cuvée Domaine du Bouchot, Pouilly-Fumé, 2014

Cuvée Domaine du Bouchot, Pouilly-Fumé, 2014The 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 or saffron scented Provencal stew.


Price: $17 USD in 2015.


Market Liquidity: A rare bird in a flock of New World SB mediocrity.

March 16, 2016

Mt. Boucherie Family Reserve Chardonnay, 2012

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 the box, I’m unlikely to ever bother writing a review.) This is a very rich Chardonnay, in a bottle (!), lush and luxe to the point, for some, of being cloying, overflowing in that oak cum butterscotch cum Roger’s golden syrup texture you’d expect from any number of California premiums. But for $25 it’s a truly remarkable value in the BC wine world and nothing to sniff at, particularly for those who are fans of the barrel aged whites. I beg to differ with the vineyard that it would complement decadent foods such as pasta in an Alfredo sauce, that just seems like fire with fire. We found it had a symmetry with an uber-healthy barley asparagus arugula risotto, where the weight of the wine isn’t fighting with the food. But, ideally, a simple broiled white fish filet would pair up a dream. Sauce free.


I am torn on recommending it highly, given that it teeters towards overkill, and I can find any number of reasons why it won’t top out in the 90 point region for pointsters, but that said it will become a regular in the household. If, I’ll add again, we can find it.


Price: $25 at Swirl (RIP).  Bargoon.


Market Liquidity: For those who like this sort of thing it’s a knockout.