Archive for July, 2018

July 13, 2018

Chateau Puech-Haut Saint-Drézéry, 2013

We drank three bottles before I got down on my hands and knees and made a formal commitment.

 

Almost impossible to find, which I take to mean BC Liquor is no longer importing, but if you can find it it’s worth it.  A gem.

 

Online reviews referred to it as new world, modern, and pop and pour.  Pretty much the opposite of how we felt.  It was not welcoming or nearly open without air, and the very first sip of the very first glass was a bomb.  But it blossomed after 20 minutes with a balance and muted tannins that didn’t appear on opening.  Bears no resemblance to the common heavy hitters of California or Oz reds and was unmistakably French, with a purity of place that spoke of lavender fields, earthy notes and figgy pudding.  Delicious.  I’m rarely in concord with RP but the WA crew nailed this one.

 

Price: $29.99 before onerous taxes.

 

Market Liquidity: A rare quality find lingering on the BCLDB shelves.

July 12, 2018

Graef Chardonnay, 2013

 

Liberty (a wonderful and very reputable private wine seller in Vancouver that has a real knack for curating interesting and often uncommon French wines) was selling the (very reputable and usually too expensive) Graef Chardonnay for half price.  Well buyer be warned because despite the screw cap this 2013 was well past (in July 2018), a total dud, and a blot on Liberty.  I couldn’t help but wonder how many tourists at Granville Island bought a bottle for the same disappointment we suffered.  Sharp, sour, sad.  Into the septic.

 

Still, there’s no accounting for taste.  Someone spent over a quarter of a million on this ludicrous Bentley.  Don’t take it from us; spend your money how you will.

Price: $30 before onerous taxes.

 

Market Liquidity: Irwin Allen couldn’t have created a bigger disaster.

July 11, 2018

Skouras Moscofilero, 2016

A fine Greek wine.  In Vancouver no less.  Thank you Marquis.

 

Gismondi went a little gaga on this.  We had high hopes, especially since the bottle of Assyrtiko we tasted back in Australia made us turn face on Greece and want to revisit the eastern Mediterranean in a big way.

 

Yes, it’s a fragrant posy of floral/herbaceous notes and the crispness is palate cleansing, but somehow it was also a bit flat and forgettable.  Opulence, as AG put it, well that was lost on us.  Start to finish it seemed refined, yes, most definitely better than the plonk that BC Liquor gets in, but for the money there is more to discover over in Spain.

 

Price: $33 at Marquis.

 

Market Liquidity: Tasty but not tantalizing, refreshing but not revelatory.

July 10, 2018

Be So De Vino Old Vine Garnacha, 2014

OK, guess this is what I’m drinking when I retire.  Wine that with tax comes in under $20.  Wine that at least one reviewer liked (and so they put his name on the neck).  Gets you drunk.

 

I couldn’t relate.  On any level.  Not with the juicy brashness of it, the overloaded notes of concord grape and cloying lollipop cherry, the ridiculously sweet notes, meringue with frosting sweet, the pasty finish.

 

Price: $14 at private wine stores and I suppose good value at that.

 

Market Liquidity: Like teenage popularity, it doesn’t hold.

July 9, 2018

Summer Gate Moscato Frizzante, 2017

Well, umm, it’s fizzy. Yeah, it’s that.

 

Supposedly dry, I’d give it a one.

 

Appetizer friendly.  That’s a plus.  And, well, not much more to add.  If you’ve got $30 burning a hole in your pocket, and you need something neutral and novel, OK.  But gosh the province is awash in better options for sparkling.

 

Price: $28 give or take at private wine shops.

 

Market Liquidity: It’s a bottle of wine.