Category: Grenache

  • Costers Del Priorat Pissarres, 2016

    There are better ways to spend $40.  Like, maybe, two bottles of wine.   Sometimes, you just want the prune-juice weight and slippery minerality of Priorat, what I often consider Spain’s Bordeaux blend.  And I suppose the Pissarres half delivers; it opens up nicely, a few herbal notes with air and time, but it’s not […]

  • Latido di Sara Wild Garnacha, 2016

    From the wilds of Navarra.  I guess.   Raspberry bomb.  Thwack.  Think Don Martin Mad Magazine spladap, shtoink, bukkida bakkida, ba-bomb.  Raspberry bomb. Headstrong to the point of unpleasant.   OK: I’m sure this is a lovely wine, much loved by many.   Old vines.  Even-handed medium body.  Soupcon of oak.  Little shake of pepper on […]

  • Bodegas Ateca Atteca, 2014

    A juicy, plummy, full-bodied red with none of the weight.  Smooth as a baby’s bottom.  Delicious and approachable if top heavy (15% alcohol).   I don’t know how we ended up gravitating to so many Grenache/Garnacha wines, but we have.  Last week we were drinking a white Grenache from France, the entry level Jaboulet (white […]

  • 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, […]

  • Be So De Vino Old Vine Garnacha, 2014

    OK, guess this is what I’m drinking when I retire.  Wine that with tax comes in under $20.  Wine that at least one reviewer liked (and so they put his name on the neck).  Gets you drunk.   I couldn’t relate.  On any level.  Not with the juicy brashness of it, the overloaded notes of […]

  • Cannonau di Sardegna, 2014

    A relatively inexpensive red that didn’t impress on the first sip.  In fact it was near offensive.  So we decanted and let sit and low and behold manna from heaven.  Wowza.   Honestly, you could be on a rocky outcrop in Sardinia.   We’ve spent about a month focused on BC wines, some we love […]

  • Piekenierskloof “The Tea Leaf” Chenin Blanc Blend, 2016

    We love our Chenin; French, South African, Australian, bring it on.  We wanted to love this.  Low alcohol, screw cap, high altitude vines.  Maybe our predilection for the varietal and relatively unrealistic expectations were too much for the W. O. Piekenierskloof, because for us it was a bomb.   Bruised fruit.  Dry, brittle dry, earthy, […]

  • Glaetzer Wallace Shiraz Grenache, 2015

    Gismondi loved this wine and so did we.  We’re not always on the same wavelength but this was synchronicity.  Wow. Just sip it.  Just sip it to appreciate it.  Slowly.  If you can make it last make it last.  Shiraz Grenache but it could be port in its seamless blend.  It is gentle (compared to […]

  • Alvaro Palacios Camins del Priorat, 2016

    2016. Really. Really?  Really.  2016.  I mean how is it that a 2016 can be this good?   A Grenache heavy blend that begs to be shared and savoured amongst friends.  Close friends mind you; don’t waste it on the B-52/Cosmo/Mojito crowd.   Ooh la la.  Onyx cherry.  Overtly maraschino.  An alcoholic splendour.  Velveeta smooth. […]

  • Domaine de la Mordorée Lirac, Cuvee La Reine des Bois, 2015

    We were looking for a celebratory bottle of white, something that said “just bought a car” as well as “probably the last new car I’ll ever buy” as well as “debt, here I come.”  But it’s summer and we were having sockeye to mark the occasion, which has just arrived fresh in the shops; red […]