Category: Grenache

  • Domaine Grand Nicolet Les Esqueyrons Rasteau, 2016

    Screw you Jeb Dunnuck.  Honestly, 94 points with a “thrillingly concentrated vibe on the palate.”  Can I tell you what the vibe is?  It’s fortified wine.  This bottle (lovely, yes, silky, smooth as fabric softener, heady and toxic) is 16.5% alcohol.  This is a silent derringer.  It’s a killer.  A silent effing killer.  And all […]

  • Ojai John Sebastiano Vineyard Grenache, 2018

    Breathtakingly good.  The best North American Grenache we’ve ever had the privilege to drink.  To sip.  To take deep, deep pleasure in. After a “dry-ish” January we splurged.  Gorgeous maraschino cherry with a nutty sharp turn towards licorice, clove and pepper.  Elegant notes the way you catch a sweet scent passing a florist.  Both forward […]

  • Domaine Brusset Gigondas Les Hauts de Montmirail, 2010

    From the cellar: 2010?  Well, first of all, here’s a forgotten bottle.  It happens.  Purchased 2012!  Obama was President!  Survivor was in Samoa! We fully expected this to be past; it was novelty only, zero expectations.  And with zero expectations we were pleasantly rewarded.  Gobs of fruit, mixed berry compote, almond, a zingy, fruity, chewy […]

  • Artuke Pies Negro, 2018 & Artuke Tinto, 2019

    This is a case where the “better” wine was not as good as the “value” wine. (At least according to the Wine Spectator, which gave the PN 93 points and the Tinto 90.) Let me explain: The Pies Negro is a curious bottle.  It evolved with air, it shifted from an aggressive, acid heavy fruitiness, […]

  • Halos de Jupiter Châteauneuf-du-Pape, 2014

    We posted last year on the “mid-range” Jupiter and how much we loved it.  Although harder and harder to find. BC Liquor recently took $12 off the Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2016.  Of course it was virtually impossible to find and if you found it guess what? It was the 2014.  We’ve posted on this before (the dates […]

  • Le Vieux Donjon, 2017, Painted Rock Red Icon, 2017

    With Christmas gift certificates in hand we decided to drink like the other half (or at least the one-percenters) for, you know, as long as the gift certificates held out. They held out for two bottles.  Thank you Government of BC. For starters we drank what Decanter called the Canadian red wine of the year […]

  • Domaine de Ferrand Cotes-de-Rhone “Cuvee Antique”, 2018

    The other night we were supporting our local bistro, Les Faux, when I noticed on the chalkboard they were featuring the Ferrand Chateauneuf-du-Pape.  At $130 a bottle.  We opted for a more basic Cotes-du-Rhone.  And, when the Ferrand release came into Marquis earlier this year, we did the same. The “antique” is about as base […]

  • 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 […]

  • Cote du Rhone Halos de Jupiter, Vacqueyras

    This is a Grenache Syrah blend that is a slam dunk.  Just wow and wow and wonderful.   BC Liquor sells the entry level Cotes du Rhone; it’s fine in its own way, I recommend it on a wine list because for $40 something you can have a decent bottle of red with dinner out […]

  • Indigena Pares Balta Organic Garnatxa, 2015

    An organic Grenache (or Garnacha which, in parts of Spain, is a Garnatxa) and which drinks a tad sweet, quite floral, maybe a bit heavy on the oak, and that all sounds like bad news but somehow it comes together in a decent fashion, approachable, tasty.  Personally, not our go-to.  We were drinking this back […]