Month: December 2018

  • Domaine Huet Vouvray, Clos du Bourg, 2015

    Where to start?  How about magnificent?  How about exceptional?  How about demonstrably brilliant?   Huet is expensive, it’s a splurge for us, but every year Marquis on Davie gets a truckload and we pick up a few for the cellar.  We drank this too soon.  We couldn’t resist.  Yet it didn’t disappoint, not one iota. […]

  • Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014

    If this turns out to be the last post of 2018 all I can say is we went out with a bomb.  Wowza.  This is some hugely satisfying red.  Powerhouse yes but no one two punch.  It’s all containment, structure, refinement, like a Mies van der Rohe modernist tower.  We were hard pressed to find […]

  • Nichol Pinot Noir, 2016

    Too bright and cheery for this holiday season.  Like an inflatable Santa, it’s just not up to snuff.  Cross check it with some half decent Burgundy and this would be an embarrassment.   Too cherry to boot.  Acidic.  Tart.  A bit thin on top of all that.   Although we have a general fondness for […]

  • De Ley Rioja Gran Reserva 2010

    Decanter described the explosion of coconut and hints of woodsmoke which pretty much is the money shot, that juicy forward tropical note with a backdrop of musky smoke.  And the LCBO, in Ontario, hit the nail on the head by selling this $30 cheaper than BC.  So there you go, the crime of drinking wine […]

  • Chateau Les Croiseille Calcaire, 2014

    We had a selection of Gismondi picks for a week away, most of which one way or another proved disappointing, but this was definitely the highlight of the lot.  It’s not a grabber, I probably wouldn’t even offer it to guests, despite how wonderfully it opens up and the aromatic eucalyptus slash pepper awash in […]

  • Savennieres Chateau de Varenees, 2016

    What an exceptional varietal.  You never know with Chenin.  Witness Vouvray.  The Huet socked away in the cellar.  And South Africa, so much to revel in.  But, alas, not so much this sere and abrasive assertive white.   Austere.  Could have been crafted by the Amish.  Simply too dry for our taste.  Really not that […]

  • La Stella Fortissimo, 2016

    We really liked the 2015 but we didn’t love the 2015, and earlier vintages get plus plus plus on this blog.  I don’t think in fact, we have never warmed to the La Stella Fortissimo “full on” the way BC reviewers do, a blend which on paper looks exciting if not brilliant, the way we […]