Month: April 2017

  • Clos des Fous Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013

    An evocative wine with legs which, while drinking beautifully now, would benefit from some time and quiet.  Has a softness that is lighter and more ethereal than the Oz and California Cab Sauvs, some chocolate covered cherry on the palate, a talcum soft mouth, and finishes with vanilla alongside an astringent swab of alcohol.  Up […]

  • Vasse Felix Chardonnay, 2014

    Spectacular.  And dear.   A perfect straddling of the butterscotch with citrus acidity, no oomph of oak, just daubs of wood like a Doppler effect.  Gorgeous to sip, a most lovely pair with halibut, and very hard not to swill the bottle.  I could drink it by the vat if I could afford it.  Not […]

  • Marques de Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon, 2015 & Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay, 2014

    These are easy to drink.  They are easy to find.  They are not too expensive.  And when Gismondi gave the MCC Chardonnay a 91 point rating with the note that it’s probably the best value $20 bottle of wine going, BC Liquor was quick to ribbon the necks with the pointster adornment.   Glass half […]

  • Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc, 2015

    Natalie Maclean loved this wine at $19.  Americans love this wine at a few dollars less.  And while I loved it too, I had to shell out much more.  Welcome to beautiful BC.   There is a marriage of apple (juice and cider and skin) with tropical notes, the softness of papaya, and a striking […]

  • Chateau de Vieux Puit, 2010

    A subtle, straightforward and hugely appealing red without the overbearing demeanor of Bordeaux.  Gorgeous with simply cooked meat.  The Merlot brings a wonderful balance to the Cab Sauv. First sip it might fool you in its simplicity, but the fruit and herbs de Provence shine through, gently.  By the end it leaves you a little […]

  • CVNE Monopole Rioja Blanco, 2015

    Nothing about this wine, drinking it, no words sound good: Assertive.  Astringent. Metallic.  And yet it is nothing but pure pleasure; nutty and lemony and complex.  It is bottled sunshine.  There is nothing so striking as a bold, balanced, boisterous Rioja Blanco.  There is something so sensationally Spanish about it, somewhere between Sauvignon Blanc and […]

  • Famille Perrin “Les Cornuds” Vinsobres, 2014

    If it’s Tuesday, there’s probably a wine sale at Everything Wine.  If it’s Wednesday, there’s probably a wine sale at Everything Wine.  So it goes. When Everything Wine has a sale they invariably have the Vinsobres with a “90” point seal on it.  And the price ($24) drops to $20 before taxes.  And at that […]