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.

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3 responses to “Serendipity Winery Devil’s Advocate, 2010”

  1. I wonder if this has past it’s peak? I had this a couple years ago and not only was it cheaper, $22 at BC Liquor, I quite liked it and I dare say our tastes are in the same ballpark.

    • Hi Darren,
      I don’t know about our wine tastes, but I’d say our disgust with the local wine bureaucracy is completely in sync. I started this blog for two reasons; one was personal, just to keep a diary of wine I like (or don’t); not to review every single wine (remember when Gismondi suggested we all take a second look at Blue Nun! I did and that did not warrant a review). I wanted online what many of used to do in scrap books with labels and notes. And second to make en effort to find dollar value. The thing that annoys me so much at, say, Vivino is it’s all about (or heavily weighted towards) Margaux and the finest, most expensive wines on the planet, which aren’t in the average wine drinker’s wheelhouse. Worse, if you don’t aspire to, I don’t know, Figeac, you’re considered a pleb. But over time I’ve watched and experienced an exploitation of consumers and a bureaucratic recklessness in BC that wouldn’t be tolerated in other industries; my focus on value has deteriorated as my ire at the BC system has increased. It’s de rigeur in BC to screw the consumer. Leaving value in the past, I often pay the exorbitant taxes and duties to cross the border with interesting wines just to make the point at how archaic and staid and out of touch buying wine in BC is. Another wine sale at Everything Wine (which, as a store, I love) but always the same NZ SB, the same Chilean Chard, the same Oz Shiraz. (Sorry for the rant.)

  2. We’ll need to have further discussions via e-mail, however this is fine for now. You’re preaching to the choir pal! I think Washington qpr is the best. My wife is from near Seattle and we go visit in-laws fairly often. I usually bring back six bottles and declare them. My favourites currently are Kiona cab sav and CSM Indian Wells cab sav or merlot for under $20. Wine Spectator listed the Columbia Crest H3 cab sav on their top 100 ($9!), and I got some, but I found something about it turned me off a little, like something strangely artificial on the finish. I usually get that with industrial wine. It was better a couple days later, but I won’t waste my allotment on it again. Skylite Celllars and Tamarack are good value also.
    For BC, my current qpr that I’ve raved about is Noble Ridge Meritage 2012 ($20). It’s really nice and stocks are dwindling. Prior to that was Church and State Trebella red 2012, same price and darn near as good as the Meritage ($35), but it sold out really quickly. If you plan on coming to Victoria, we need to have some good BC wine and commiserate the demise of what the BC Wine Institute should have stood for.

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