Month: July 2020

  • Peter Lehman Margaret, Limited Release Barossa Semillon, 2012

    This should be an absolute find.  An eight-year-old Semillon, under $30, at 11% alcohol.  Did anyone say patio sipper?  Semillon holds up to fish, cured meats, cheese.  It’s a workhorse white.  Or it should be.   We found it wanting.  The beeswax and minerality clashed rather than melded, the dryness made us pucker, the citrus […]

  • Tenuta Di Tavignano Costa Verde, 2018

    Anthony Gismondi called this wine crazy delicious and I’d be hard pressed to disagree.  It’s refreshing, zesty, ridiculously food friendly, a light 12.5% on the alcohol.  Look at that gorgeous ochre tone in the glass!  We got more citrus and a hazelnut as opposed to almond than AG remarked, but the tropical notes shine through […]

  • Chateau de Laborde Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Beaune En Cuillery, 2016

    Have you ever read a professional review where they say the wine has “tension”?  That’s this red.   We wanted to jump up and down: A red from Volnay under $50 in BC?  Shurely shome mishtake?   For us, it didn’t shine.  It was good Pinot.  The “delicate violet flower” was too delicate to last; […]

  • Saint-Damien Plan de Dieu Côtes-du-Rhône Villages, 2018

    It might be a CDR villages, but it’s old vines CDR villages, and it shows.  Big time.   A spectacular “common” red.  To find a wine in BC around $30 that has this much finesse without dripping in oak or insipidly acidic, is a treat.  Amen to Côtes-du-Rhône.  Grenache and Mourvèdre get married, the former […]

  • Trapiche Terroir Series Malbec, 2014

    The Trapiche TSM sells for $46 before tax.  There is no way. No way.  But it was $10 off recently at BC Liquor, and we picked up a bottle.  Light up a Cohibo.   Big, juicy, plummy on the front with a back end loaded up in tobacco leaf, medicine cabinet and nuanced spice.  Just […]