Month: August 2016

  • L’Ecole No 41 Semillon, 2012

    From the cellar: Four years ago we waxed poetic about this wine.  Somewhere along the wine, er, way, a few bottles ended up in the cellar.  I pulled one out on the weekend.  Oh what magic.   When a Semillon has some time, or, rather, when a good Semillon has some time, it’s like pupa […]

  • Peter Jakob Kühn Riesling Trocken, 2013

    We liked this much more than the online pointsters who seem, by and large, non-plussed.  In fact, after nodding off through three or four BC Liquor “trocken” wines this summer, none interesting enough for a review, this sort of knocked my socks off.   It pours out a golden nectar, honeyed nearly Sauternes gold.  It […]

  • Roger Lassarat Terroir de Vergisson Pouilly-Fuissé, 2014

    A flawless Fuissé.  And not written to just play with alliteration.   There is a deep and sinful richness, think cream soda without the sweet, an exceptional balance, an astonishing balance, a mouth-watering and ethereal stone fruit on the palate, with a lingering butterscotch on the finish.  The oak is nigh undetectable.  Oh to find […]

  • Blue Mountain Gamay Noir, 2014

    A young, thin, pretty inconsequential red, which (I think) isn’t quite as good as the reviews have been.  But lovely in that likeable and comfortable and relaxing way an outdoor dinner is.  I’d buy a case.  If you could of course, and you can’t, the trade has swooped in and bought BM out.   It’s […]

  • Emiliana Coyam, 2012

    The label, with all the plaudits, looks like the poster for a 1970s disaster movie: The Towering Inferno or Earthquake, bursting to the seams with A list stars brushing up against B list character actors.  Points, points, points, points.  I’m afraid, despite the hype, this was mildly impressive.  And only.   Gismondi recommended this Syrah […]

  • Quinta Ferreira Cabernet Franc, 2010

    An exceptional BC Cab Franc but maybe not an exceptional Cab Franc?   Cherries, berries, with a hint of candied flowers, that soapy sweet smell of guest soaps back in the day, soft and floral and fake, then a punchy spice mix on the palate, a mix of clove, star anise, pepper.  To my mind […]

  • Result of a Crush, 2011

    Forceful, forward, maybe a bit predictable.  But pure in intent.  The fruit and oak seem at loggerheads while a funky spiciness, Chinese five spice ambiance, hits the tongue on the finish.  A nice piquant bite to close.  Enormous drinkability.  In the spirit of holding Walla Walla to a very high standard, I would say great […]

  • Domaine du Bouchot, Pascale Kerbiquet Pouilly Fume 2014

    Refined summer sipper, elegant dinner aperitif.  What did Hugh Johnson say about PF?  Something like “consistently disappointing.”  I guess, however, it depends on your view.  There is kumquat, orange rind, grapefruit pith, so the bouquet and finish combine from sour to stinging.  But the gobs of unctuous citris provide a long, round finish with a […]

  • La Frenz Probyn-Eastman Viognier, 2015

    Two people drank this bottle.  The first had one glass and called it a day: Oily.  Sweet.  Sweet and dense to the point of cloying, like condensed milk for key lime pie, like treacle.  Like you’ve wandered the midway and overdosed on caramel apples, cotton candy and glazed donut holes.  Stewed fruit like an overripe […]

  • Seven Stones Speaking Rock Chardonnay, 2011

    We opened a bottle of the St. Hubertus “Platinum Award Winning” Riesling last week.  No disrespect, but this was the worst bottle of BC white we’ve had in months if not all year.  It was just an absolute mess.  If the Three Faces of Eve and Sybil were made into a Riesling, this would be […]