Month: November 2017

  • Domaine Naturaliste Discovery Margaret River Chardonnay, 2015

    Astonishingly simplistic for a Margaret River white; sort of a taint on the brand.  I mean even without a Google what comes to mind? Leeuwin, Cullen, Vasse Felix…  Heavyweights all.  Think of it; expectations run high.  To open something so inconsequential and immediately forgettable is a bit like the difference between a spun sugar dome […]

  • Mâcon-Lugny Bouchard Père et Fils Saint-Pierre, 2015

    Quintessentially prix fixe lunch “table wine included” French white.  No home run, no strike out, more of a walk. Apple, quince, gun barrel dry, sharp, piquant, a most palatable foil to cheese sauce or rich vegetarian, although it held up less with chicken.   A pale (as in slight) Chardonnay, as Chards go, but an […]

  • Glen Carlou Quartz Stone Chardonnay, 2014

    A low score middling wine with the Decanter bunch: I took exception and found it climbed above the measly 87 points they deigned to anoint it with, and still I laud Decanter.   It has lovely citrus notes, a spicy nuance, bits of tropical notes like flambeed pineapple–and none of the cloying oak of heavy […]

  • Amalaya Malbec, 2015

    It’s been a few years since we picked up a bottle of Amalaya.  Why?  I have no idea.  It’s an inexpensive extremely palatable crowd pleaser that even pleases the pointsters.  From Salta, Argentina’s version of Atacama, it’s a dark, luscious sipper with a thick, balsamic feel on the tongue, and some charred chocolate and licorice […]

  • Vina Eguia Rioja Reserva, 2011

    Yeah.  So.  Not Rioja’s finest hour.  It’s a close but no cigar vintage.  We did not find it elegant or balanced or rounded, as promised.  We found it a bit uneven, with a vanilla that’s at the fore (and not in a good way) and a softness to the fruit that was decent and palatable […]