Anthony Gismondi loved the Mission Hill. But then, he tends to give a hall pass to Mission Hill and Robert Mondavi. How he found this pale, plain and rather banal white a 90 pointer is anyone’s guess. If you really like the grassy, gooseberry, aggressive SB of New Zealand, you will be disappointed and have spent $10 more than a straightforward Brancott. If you like the tight restraint of a refined Sancerre, you will be baffled by the simplicity. If you are interested in what’s interesting in the Okanagan, what sort of incredible Sauv Blanc is coming off the vines, you are drinking what is invariably our Tuesday night white: The Haywire Waters & Banks Sauvignon Blanc (and if you buy it at Save On, you can save yourself $10 all in).
But if you like SB just in general, and if you want hints of New Zealand with a slightly more fruit forward and tropical fruit flair, you are far and away much better off down at La Frenz, where they bottle something clean, juicy, crisp and gorgeously palatable, which, unfortunately, sells out in a heartbeat. Only one of these wines is memorable.
Price: Mission Hill and La Frenz both sell in Vancouver in the mid-20s at private wine shops.
Market Liquidity: The arch mediocrity of Mission Hill and the consistent virtue of La Frenz never ceases to surprise.