Month: September 2018

  • Nk’Mip Qwam Qwmt Chardonnay, 2016

    We had the QQ open along with the Black Hills Nota Bene Chardonnay, which retails at about four dollars more.  As a sipper the BH is gorgeous, butter on the tongue and a more luxe finish.  But the QQ was better with dinner.  Hands down.  (Vegetarian main, cheeses, soup.)  And on that score along, the […]

  • Blue Mountain Chardonnay, 2016

    Not the “reserve” just the regular, the off the shelf; nothing bespoke.   The last time we posted on the non-reserve was a few years back.  More verbose, just as satisfied.  And you can also find posts on the 2012 and 2011.   The BM Chard is like an old friend.  Year after year I […]

  • La Vita Pazza White Blend, 2016

    In my notes I wrote accidentally “white bland.”  Cute, but incorrect.   Think of a lively, decent house white in a local bistro, something palatable, something not bland like generic Pinot Gris or choking pine resin Sauv Blanc.  Something with a lilt, a dash of sweetness, and accommodation for everything from fatty appies to curries […]

  • Stag’s Hollow Tempranillo, 2014

    Here’s something novel: Okanagan Tempranillo at a decent price point.  (And here’s something oxymoronic, in a way, Tempranillo from BC’s Okanagan…)  You can ante up in excess of $50 for the Black Hills T, but Stag’s Hollow offers an entry level which is, well, very much Tempranillo.   On the plus side it’s boisterous, acidic, […]

  • La Frenz Syrah, Rockyfeller Vineyard, 2016

    We found the same pronounced acid as the Cl 21B Riesling, but palatable and welcome.   First sip is grape Kool Aid drink crystals.  It really is that strong.  Then a not too wholesome hit of uber alcoholic cherry and plum with the requisite oak.  Despite the 14.9% we loved the jammy fullness and mouth […]

  • La Frenz Naramata Bench Riesling Clone 21B, 2017

    We tried.  Nope.   Acid.  Just too much acid.  At least there’s therapeutic benefit to apple cider vinegar.  This wasn’t food friendly with hard cheese, braised pork or just as a late summer sipper.   The vineyard blurb boasts lavender, thyme, peach.  We got nothing.  Citrus and minerality. And enough acid to burn a hole […]

  • Marques de Caceres Rioja Reserva, 2011

    Probably the first bottle of Rioja I ever drank was MdC; a Crianza of course.  I would hazard a guess, based on the volume and availability, many North Americans and not too few British would echo the sentiment.  Marques de Caceres is an omnipresent red which usually comes on strong and tannic and decent in […]

  • Leeuwin Estate Siblings Shiraz, 2012

    Entry level LE is expensive.  Even in Western Australia.  Even at the vineyard in Margaret River.  It’s just how it goes.  And it’s not always brilliant (witness our rather uninspired taste of the Art Series Riesling).  But most of the time it is brilliant.  It has a modesty and restraint, across most varietals, something you […]