Category: Carignan

  • Chateau Puech-Haut Saint-Drézéry, 2013

    We drank three bottles before I got down on my hands and knees and made a formal commitment.   Almost impossible to find, which I take to mean BC Liquor is no longer importing, but if you can find it it’s worth it.  A gem.   Online reviews referred to it as new world, modern, […]

  • Ridge Carignane, Buchignani Ranch, 2012

    More novelty than satisfaction. From the vineyard that can do no wrong, this “lesser” grape gets a stand-up performance, 100% Carignane, but still it feels like wearing old comfortable jeans and not the dressed up no wrinkles nothing out of place reds that pour forth from Ridge with alarming consistency. Hugh Johnson once wrote rather […]

  • Domaine Lafage Tesselae Old Vine Carignan, 2012

    This is the sort of red that Robert Parker loves. Let him love it. It’s pure, 100 per cent Carignan, which in BC makes it something of a rarity and a talking point. But the 15 per cent alcohol, the heady fruit notes, the nearly fortified wine-ness of it all, we found it tedious and […]