Posts tagged ‘David Lawrason’

July 15, 2017

Le Vieux Pin Syrah Cuvee Violette, 2015

Superb.  Despite the expense.  Dreamy in its silkiness and so refined against the many Oz Shiraz-zzz on the BC Liquor shelves.  Berry beautiful.  A sweet raspberry toppled by a more acidic black currant and a hint of maraschino.  Great as a sipper, not too bad with food, generous on the finish like a much more refined red blend from, yes, France.  Too bad about the price tag.


Gismondi loved it, Lawrason loved it, they all loved it and so will you if you can get your hands on some and if your pocketbook affords.  Reviewers bent towards the floral perfume of it, but we found on the palate that it definitely went deeper into an earthier realm.


Price: A little on the rare side in YVR.  Varies at the private wine stores but after tax you will not get much back from $40.


Market Liquidity: Think of the petite exquisite beauty of wild flowers on a wet alpine meadow.

January 31, 2017

Culmina Dilemma, 2014


The tasting notes on this whet the appetite.  I quote the vineyard: “An elegant Chardonnay, Dilemma shows enticing aromas of nectarine, lemon curd, hazelnut, and subtle clove spice. Delicate white floral and subtle French oak flavours lead to a concentrated, mineral mid-palate, taut with crunchy acidity and fresh melon fruit. Generous yet classically structured, the finish lingers long on the palate.”


While on the one hand I don’t disagree with any of that, I simply anticipated more: Indeed, if you’d read the myriad reviews and over the top points, you would too.  And, in the end, at the price, it undelivered, if you will.


In terms of their notes, a translation might be smooth criss-crossed with acidic gives way to a woodsy funk, finishing with a long and quite luscious buttery mineral note.  I couldn’t place the labyrinth of flavours they described.  We found it a little stark chill, and, as it warmed, it didn’t open up substantially.  On the plus side it’s an unassuming (or, as the profs put it, elegant) Chardonnay without the affront of most new world whites.  I’m torn.  Lawrason’s recommendation to leave it another year is probably advice well given and poorly heeded on our part.


Price: $34 at the vineyard, substantially more in YVR shops, if indeed you can find it.


Market Liquidity: Sort of a B plus from an A student.

December 6, 2016

Culmina Unicus, Gruner Vetliner, 2015


In the spirit of yesterday’s review, let’s disseminate the professional tasting notes. Here’s what Lawrason wrote (who, when he was at the Globe, was my favorite Canuck reviewer):


“Austria’s Gruner Veltliner is rare in Canada but you can bet others will be planting following the critical success of Unicus. This pours deeply lemon. The nose is very intense and exotic with ripe apricot, starfruit, honey and pepper. It’s quite full bodied, bright and almost aggressive with some oily and waxy character. It’s medium full bodied, firm and drier than first appearances. The length is excellent to outstanding.”


Yes.  Wow.  Yes, yes, yes.  Everything.  And the kitchen sink.  The most palatable decently priced satisfying and engaging BC white we’ve had in a long, long time.  And just look at that golden hue in the glass.  Nectar from the gods.


Gismondi gave it a measly 89 points.  He is a hard nut.


Price: $27 from the vineyard.


Market Liquidity: Season’s Greetings.