Archive for ‘Muscat’

May 27, 2019

Seppelt Rutherglen DP 59 Rare Tokay

Seppelt Rutherglen DP 59 Rare Tokay

The last time we wrote about the Beringer Knights Valley Cab Sauv it was 2011!  Since then I guess two things have happened.  The wine is still astonishingly good garnering up some reviews of much substance and BC Liquor still sells it at a huge markup.  But for a recent dinner of braised short ribs we pulled out a bottle with friends and there you go, perfection.

 

But this post is about what I thought would top off the evening nicely, a spot of Seppelt Rutherglen DP 59 Rare Tokay which I’d scored at least a year ago from Marquis.  And did this disappoint?  Well, yes, it did, I mean a little.  Fruit, complexity and length, OK, all present and accounted for.  There is oak and some herb notes that make it, aroma and finish, wonderful.  But the texture, the Rogers Golden Syrup consistency, heavy and thick leave you a little non-plussed.  At this price point we’d much prefer rare Madeira or, if finishing a meal, a switch to Muscat de Beaumes de Venise.

 

Price: Around $50 at Marquis.

 

Market Liquidity: Been there, done that.

July 9, 2018

Summer Gate Moscato Frizzante, 2017

Well, umm, it’s fizzy. Yeah, it’s that.

 

Supposedly dry, I’d give it a one.

 

Appetizer friendly.  That’s a plus.  And, well, not much more to add.  If you’ve got $30 burning a hole in your pocket, and you need something neutral and novel, OK.  But gosh the province is awash in better options for sparkling.

 

Price: $28 give or take at private wine shops.

 

Market Liquidity: It’s a bottle of wine.

December 14, 2011

Jorge Ordonez Botani Moscatel de Alejandria 2010

People don’t drink enough dry muscat in North America.  I don’t know whether that’s because it doesn’t fit the archetype of what we’ve come to expect in a dry white, there isn’t enough available, or there is some vast vino conspiracy at work.  Maybe all three?

 

This wine is superb from start to finish, and the finish was wonderful too.  It’s fruity, with citrus, floral notes and a full flavour that’s hard to come by in whites in our “everyday price range.”  It worked well with fish, with vegetarian tapas, with lentil soup, hard cheese (aged gouda) and even, of all things, a green salad.  It disappeared fast.  A pleasing 12.5 per cent alcohol; too bad about the cork.  It’s also the sort of wine that might catch the average drinker off guard—you think it will be sweet but it’s not, and I’m not sure I’d serve it to guests.  All the better!  Screw the vitamin D; open a bottle of Botani on a cold winter’s day and you will get a burst of the tropics.  Comes from, unbelievably (or unpredictably) Spain.  Next thing you know we’ll be raving about Portuguese whites…

 

Price: $24.99 at Everything Wine ($23.74 with the case discount) or BC Liquor full price.

 

Market Liquidity: A 750 ml cure for seasonal affective disorder.