Month: March 2017

  • Soumah Single Vineyard Yarra Valley Chardonnay, 2015

    To call this a disappointment is like saying everything went smoothly at the Oscars.  This is abrasive to the point of being crude.  Any more wood and you could whittle it.   Gismondi loved it; called it tight, driven and focused, and slapped it with 92 points.  I can’t believe we drank the same bottle.  […]

  • Hewitson Miss Harry, 2013

    Me lovey.  This starts out without much fanfare, but by the fourth or fifth sip, with a little air, it really starts to pop.  All of a sudden it goes from generic Oz blend to a veritable pantry bursting with fruit, a smoky cedar nuance and a jolt of cracked pepper.  Truly lovely and without […]

  • GD Vajra Barbera D’Alba, 2013

    What a food friendly wine.  When the red becomes soul partner to the dish, a complement to but never overshadowing, a magic happens; it’s like Frosty becoming alive.  Light but not weak.  Unusually restrained for a Barbera, or so we thought, with a delicate cigar leaf and black currant on the palate, finishing with a […]

  • Tiraspol Merlot Red Dry, 2009

    Nothing much to review as we’ve mainly been drinking dupes of what’s in the house, most notably the last bottle of the SUPERB 2010 Burrowing Owl Merlot. Wine from Moldova.  Moldovan wine.  Yes I had to look it up.  Been to Turkey (it’s more or less due north), been to Ukraine (it’s right next door), […]

  • Aquifer Semillon, 2015

    Like being stranded in the desert and finding an oasis.  Or stumbling upon a mirage.  It depends on your view.   Strange and unusual and overwhelmingly addictive but in the same breath a little cloying and annoying.   Abrasive minerality, aggressive herbaceous-ness, pronounced acidity.  Steely Chardonnay-esque plonk on the palate.  A long, sour, grassy finish. […]

  • Bodegas Sommos Glárima Blanco Roble, 2014

    Extremely aromatic: soft, floral notes, cinnamon and clove, vanilla, guava, pineapple and a menacing minerality.   Although we had no expectations we were hoping for slightly less “fruit affrontry,” a little more acid, and a refreshing zesty finish, not a Jolly Rancher-esque palate blaster.   The Portuguese can pull off pork and clams, the Greek […]

  • Doña Paula Black Edition Estate Red Blend, 2015

    Extremely good value.  Not a home-run blend by any stretch, but easily as good (i.e., approachable, food friendly, likeable), as any number of $40-plus BC reds.  Plus you get the red heft of a 14.5% wine at only 14%.   We found it flavourful but a bit flat, I mean if you’re comparing with the […]

  • King Shaka-Zulu Chenin Blanc, 2015

    Pretty good but not pretty great.   Notes of clementine, an unusual and pronounced vanilla, a tangy acidity, refreshing floral herb slash butterfly garden, and a monumental minerality that persists on the palate.  I wouldn’t have guessed this as a Chenin blind but enjoyed it nonetheless.  Was superb with a cheese souffle.  As for Shaka-Zulu, […]

  • Selbach Oster Zeltinger Himmelreich, Riesling Kabinett, 2015

    A dry, juicy, spare but luxurious Riesling with a touch of Metallica but a lot of Cream, Peaches & Herb and Tangerine Dream.  Another stunning gentle white from Mosel (11.5%) that went with chicken braised in, yes, Riesling, and broiled root vegetables, like waves on the ocean.  We really could not find a food friendly […]