Month: November 2018

  • Calmel & Joseph Blanquette de Limoux

    Gismondi quite liked this and “pointsed” it 90.  Yeah, OK, whatever; he’s gotta keep up with his colleagues who found it similarly “over the 89 point hump.”  We found it, well, a little austere, lacking in depth, mineral forward, cucumber hits the palate in an unusual not invigorating way, mediocre effervescence.  Glass half full it […]

  • Sartirano Figli Cantine e Vigneti Piemonte, 2015

    This is a smooth, nearly tannin free red, with juicy tree fruit accents and a delectable smoky finish.  Oak but not too much.  Some Nebbiolo grabs you by the throat and never lets go.  This is more gentle persuasion.  We especially liked the low-ish alcohol content.  It sipped brilliantly, evocative as it opened, but was […]

  • Vino Cobos Felino Malbec, 2016

    The worst Malbec is somewhere between chalk and unripe raspberry.  The best is like cherries jubilee, creamy and rich and assertive in its juiciness.  This is neither.   A slight but persistent bitterness overrides any enjoyment.  The predominant fruitiness is cough syrup.  The spicy white pepper finish is plainly unpleasant.   Moderately food friendly, forgettable […]

  • Domaine de la Baume Elite D’or Chardonnay, 2015

    Just wrong.  It smells like Australian Chardonnay from the cask.  It drinks like inexpensive over-oaked California Chardonnay.  And then it disappears on the palate.  The heft of the bottle weight, the adornment of points from the WA, and the golden hue of the wine, lean towards something substantial, but like candy floss, while it looks […]

  • Domaine de Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidum, 2014

    Nothing to blog about but lovely to drink.  Nothing complex but appealing on the palate.  Berry and spice and a wet earthy finish, while never overpowering.  It does not dominate.  It has that French sitting on the fence thing about it.  A weird hybrid between exceptional and inconsequential.  Personally, I could drink this regularly.  With […]

  • Graceland Cabernet Sauvignon, 2016

    Something else altogether.  Wrapped up in tissue as if swaddled and then labelled like a candle from a religious supply store, the wine inside is anything but deceptive; it’s the essence of a decent glass of red.   My mother used to take blackberries from a bush along the fence in the lane, when I […]

  • Blue Mountain Pinot Noir, 2016

    We drink at least a case of Blue Mountain every year.  It’s very good value, if not valuable, and generally a crowd pleaser, gentle reds and lively whites.  The 2013 Pinot, well that sort of put us off their PN, and we reduced our intake the last few years, but the 2016, the entry level […]

  • Enebral Tinta de Toro, 2015

    James Suckling described this as tasting of ivy and forest floor.  Say what?  There is pronounced vanilla, a smoothness that is as deceptive as black ice, giant tannins and gobs of plummy, jammy fruit.  We didn’t get the tightness Robert Parker alluded to but we do agree a dozen in the cellar will pay huge […]

  • Tinto Negro Limestone Block Malbec, 2015

    The entry level TN Malbec will set you back $15.  It’s good patio value.  The Limestone Block will set you back double.  But it’s not twice as good.   With decanting and a little air this will soften up and beckon.  Previous vintages have scored highly with James Suckling and Robert Parker.  They like the […]

  • Sea Star Encore, 2015

    All over the blog we rave about Sea Star.  Growing the right grapes for the climate, small batches, unfiltered wines, biodiversity, you name it.  Bring on the Salish Sea.   The red here is a primarily Okanagan blend with some local grapes thrown in for good measure.  The first glass I had of Encore was […]