Archive for August, 2021

August 13, 2021

Lunessence Brut Riesling 2020

Bar none the sparkling wine of summer 2021.  We drank it, we sipped it, we had it as an aperitif, sometimes with a dash of Amaro or Campari; one guest even asked for an Aperol spritz (it takes all types…). 

It’s dry.  Gorgeously tart and citrus forward with a toasty, chewy note on the palate and a Granny Smith finish.  No Prosecco sugar rush; bless us.  It’s food friendly, flexible, low in alcohol, local, and a just plain workhorse cheap and cheerful bubbly.  This is an all around no complaints how lucky to find it deeply appealing basic fizz.  Thank you Lunessence.

And the kicker? The proverbial cherry on the cake? Gismondi gave it 88, the kiss of death.  Oh lord we thank Gismondi for lowering the profile, disincentivizing it for the masses.  Let the masses, the wine cognoscenti and the points focussed fight over Bella, or Blue Mountain or whatever bubbles landed a 90 plus.  We drank bottle after bottle of the Lunessence, through the heat dome and after, we never failed to keep a bottle in the fridge, we shared it on the patio, we kept it on ice at picnics, we trotted it out during hot summer nights for cold supper evenings, and it never burned a hole in our pocketbooks.

Price: We scored it in Victoria at $22.52 a bottle which, with tax, is about the same price as the vineyard and, I would editorialize, a sensational price given the cost of drinkable BC sparkling.

Market Liquidity: Common sense in a bottle.

August 13, 2021

Duca di Saragnano Nero di Troia, 2019

The neck of this bottle has a sticker (not shown in the pic) that it scored 97 points.  97 points!  On a scale of what? 113?  Then yes darling, this is up there.  Up there in the points.

As for the wine.  What is the wine?  Red.  It’s red.  It’s identifiably red. It’s drinkable.  I would be happy to be offered a glass at a BBQ, offered a glass at a party (for 100), offered a glass of this as opposed to Lindemans.  But 97 points?  Fruit forward, generous on the palate, smooth with a hot-peppery finish, it is in a nutshell eminently drinkable and easy on the pocketbook. This is a workhorse table wine typical of the Italian toe but gosh, points gone bananas.

We give this two thumbs up street cred.  We just don’t give it points. And having spent an extended period in Puglia in 2019, we would put this as a minor offering given the region’s options. Such is living in BC. Sigh.

Price: Mid-20s, 27 I think, didn’t save the receipt, from a private store in Saanich.

Market Liquidity: An open and honest red. Just not a knight in shining armour.

August 13, 2021

Blue Mountain Reserve Pinot Noir, 2018

Liked it a lot, did not love it. 

It’s potent, it’s a gut punch, it has none of the ethereal lightness of Burgundy.  There is tar, yeast, and very sharp pepper notes, cranberry on the finish.  The professional reviews said smooth and silky; we definitely totally, unequivocally got nothing smooth.  In fact, it could do with a spin on the lathe.  Having said that it was still delectable, and I would say we opened it too early.

[Jeepers: Look at the spots on that wine glass!]

Price: From the vineyard back in the day, $44.

Market Liquidity: Wine evolves; this one just not quite enough.