Month: October 2016

  • Mount Pleasant Elizabeth, Hunter Valley Semillon, 2007

    Here’s a wild bargoon: Only $20 in the generic BCL aisle, an excellent example of Hunter Valley Sem; a little heavy on the tart, with tinges of apple and pear, particularly that rough skin on a Bosc (which I believe the pointsters say tastes of lanolin, if anyone knows the taste of lanolin), clean and […]

  • Culmina R&D Red Blend, 2014

    I hereby declare this the best value Okanagan red of 2016.  Period.   We started the blog several years ago with an arbitrary benchmark of $20 on value (because, as recently as three years ago, you could still “score” with $20 and a bit of silver in your pocket afterwards).  A lot has changed (the […]

  • La Frenz Merlot, 2011

    From the cellar: Found this with some other treasures, bought in 2014, awaiting the day.  It was everything a somewhat aged OK Merlot could and should be, and then some, but overshadowed by how much we liked the Hypothesis last week.  We reviewed a more recent vintage a few months back (which, bizarrely, was apparently […]

  • Seven Stones Standing Rock Meritage, 2010 & Celeste Crianza, 2012

    We drank the lovely if somewhat forgettable Crianza back to back with a Seven Stones blend.  Not unlike some previous bottles which we’ve never reviewed, the Meritage was enjoyable, imperfect, provocative and spoke of terroir in a way the Similkameen seems to beat out the northern OK year by year.   So how did it […]

  • Quinta do Cardo Reserva, 2011

    What we said last year, which you can read here, I would echo again (i.e., the 2011 v. 2010)  but basically, a) not spectacular although interesting and exceptionally drinkable and b) very, very, very good value. (Meaning we still have a few in the cellar to plow through.)   Price: Low 20s depending on where […]

  • Culmina Hypothesis, 2012

    Deeply satisfying.  Extremely nuanced.  Gentle without anything caustic or assertive but luscious and engaging.  Truthfully, I think this sort of refinement, in the BC Okanagan, under $40, is rare, but maybe I just don’t spend enough money trying every bottle of plonk that comes along.  I also think, in the Robert Parker school of thought, […]