Month: May 2016

  • Xanadu Next of Kin Margaret River Chardonnay, 2013

    Too much of everything, not enough of nothing, by which I mean a wine without grace.  Assertive, acidic, oaken, crisp, forgettable.   Despite the rather generic profile, there is a light butterscotch finish that’s pleasant enough.  There, I found something redeeming.   That all sounds negative.  It is.  But more important, this wine is affordable.  […]

  • Seven Stones Row 128 Merlot, 2011

    I couldn’t get enough of it.  Until I looked at my receipt.   This is a push-me pull-you Merlot, with a deft lightness of almond and cherry countered by a jagged, cigar leaf edge which, together, are somewhat magical.  Not quite as brilliant with food as we anticipated but delectable as a sipper.  The wines […]

  • Blue Mountain Reserve Chardonnay, 2013

    Extremely good value and an incredible vintage.  Don’t get me wrong; it’s not Hamilton Russell or Rombauer.  But my gosh is it a good BC Chardonnay.  It has beautiful fruit texture, isn’t cloying, displays both a citrus lightness and serious, hearty, vino complexity.  The yeasty sur-lie dimension puts it miles ahead of the competition, but […]