Category: Chile

  • Undurraga Gran Reserva “Sibaris” Pinot Noir, 2020

    We came across this wine at a social event then started serving it to guests. Instead of a review, because review wise we don’t have much to say, here’s our alternative take: People love it.  We’ve served it to guests umpteen times.  It never seems to disappoint.  It’s a remarkably affordable bottle, you don’t feel […]

  • Errazuriz Aconagua Costa Syrah, 2016

    Oh James Suckling.  How mediocre does a wine have to be to score less than 93 points?  Crikey.   This perfectly palatable and in many ways lovely red is on the simple side; an authentic 93 point Shiraz is the Torbreck, reviewed here.  This subtle contender is just that, a contender. And not even a […]

  • Ritual Casablanca Chardonnay, 2016

    Biodynamic brilliance. What do the French think when they drink a wine this well crafted? Ooh-la-la, how can we compete? This delectable, restrained Chardonnay is fruit forward, imperceptible oak, layered, complex, with a wet linen astringency on the finish. Subtle but profound. Lovely. Price: We sourced it at Everything Wine but it’s since gone out […]

  • Errazuriz Aconcagua Alto Carmenere, 2014

    Sweet.  In all its meaning: As in good wine, as in good price, as in a tad too much residual sugar.  Now of course this is a dry wine with low residual sugar and it’s purely perception and barreling that throws the harmony of it all, but it does sit on the tongue with a […]

  • Undurraga TH “Terroir Hunter” Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013

    Bold.  Brazen.  Beautiful.  You could cut this with a knife.  It’s heavy and full and deeply nuanced and HEAVENLY; please excuse the excitement.  It’s a heavyweight in the most primal, decadent and meaty sense.   Sometimes you just need something assertive and monumentally Cab Sauv and this is so perfectly present and incredibly tasty, who […]

  • Clos des Fous Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013

    An evocative wine with legs which, while drinking beautifully now, would benefit from some time and quiet.  Has a softness that is lighter and more ethereal than the Oz and California Cab Sauvs, some chocolate covered cherry on the palate, a talcum soft mouth, and finishes with vanilla alongside an astringent swab of alcohol.  Up […]

  • Marques de Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon, 2015 & Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay, 2014

    These are easy to drink.  They are easy to find.  They are not too expensive.  And when Gismondi gave the MCC Chardonnay a 91 point rating with the note that it’s probably the best value $20 bottle of wine going, BC Liquor was quick to ribbon the necks with the pointster adornment.   Glass half […]

  • Emiliana Coyam, 2012

    The label, with all the plaudits, looks like the poster for a 1970s disaster movie: The Towering Inferno or Earthquake, bursting to the seams with A list stars brushing up against B list character actors.  Points, points, points, points.  I’m afraid, despite the hype, this was mildly impressive.  And only.   Gismondi recommended this Syrah […]

  • Concha Y Toro Terrunyo Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012

    Very good.  There is really nothing to nitpick about; smooth and supple, cedar and sharp maraschino on the palate, a light note of licorice, quite delectable.  Heartily food friendly.  The 14.5 per cent alcohol dissipates with a lightness you wouldn’t anticipate in Cab Sauv (but will haunt your head the next morning).  Honestly, quite good. […]

  • Tabali Reserva Especial, 2009

    Revoltingly satisfying. Luscious. Profoundly food friendly. Deeply addictive. A most elegant blend of self-centred Syrah, paternalistic Cab Sauv and a cheeky, loose and seductive Merlot to round out the bunch. I kept thinking of On The Town; three compadres out for a night.   Not available in BC (surprise.  Sigh…). But you can score the […]