The acidity will stop you in your tracks. The strident Kiwi SB grassiness is nowhere to be seen, instead we have a doff of the hat to the purity of the French style, an austere, highly charged blast of melon and citrus. The assertiveness is either enchanting and captivating or off-putting. Are you looking for Sancerre or Cloudy Bay? (I am looking for Cape Mentelle, but BCL “wisely” decided to delist those fine wines from Western A. Oh, sorry for the barb, the digression…) Regardless, this is less than subtle but also a tad sanitized. Ever order a beer or glass of wine in a restaurant and the first thing to hit your nose is the light aroma of bleach? That to me was the first sip of this wine. A big (big, big) fan of Burrowing O, I could nevertheless pass on this without regret.
Price: $27 plus taxes at Kitsilano Wine Cellars.
Market Liquidity: What’s the old pop song? “Sometimes you’re gonna hit the mark, sometimes you’re gonna take the next best thing.”