Tag: Decanter magazine

  • Domaine FL Le Parc, Savennieres, 2015

    Pure and unadulterated. Decanter got it right, “best in show” like the title pooch at Westminster.  It drinks so precious you might feel a Faberge egg is being scrambled.  Striking on first taste, a short tropical note of coconut, some serious acidity, grapefruit pith, and a finish, extremely restrained, of melon.  Jackie O in a […]

  • 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 […]

  • Mas de Boislauzon, Côtes du Rhône Villages, 2016

    15.6 percent alcohol.  I repeat, 15.6%.  That is, quite frankly, an assault.  I lay harassment charges. Decanter called this “intensely concentrated” and impressive for a Villages.  So, yes, it is that and then some.  It is deeply, deeply concentrated.  It looks twice as dark as Ribena and has the weight of, I don’t know, somewhere […]

  • Bellingham Old Vine Chenin Blanc, 2017

      Lordy what a lovely find. Food friendly to the nth degree, a patio marvel, hardy enough for roast chicken gentle enough your fingers could be soaking in it.  Luscious on the palate.  Stoney minerality coalesces with citrus grove lands on creamsicle with muted oak on the tail.  Sips a dream.   You could look […]

  • Faustino Gran Reserva Rioja, 2006

    Look what Santa brought down the chimney? A very old bottle of Tempranillo.   A beautiful wine, quite up front, luscious on the palate with pronounced and perhaps a too assertive woodiness, gorgeous depth and nuanced on every sip.  It drank spectacularly but not cohesively with food.  It shone just on its own.  And it […]

  • Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc, 2017

    Knot, knotty, knotted.  Any tighter and this could winch up the Titanic.  Think SB in a straight-jacket.  Slick in its near perfection of that green, hay, gooseberry Sauv Blanc predominant down under Kiwi style, and with the Decanter scores to prove it.  Sure they have, I don’t know, perfected the classic New Zealand Sauv Bl; […]

  • Santa Julia Reserva Malbec, 2017

    It’s young.  It’s not expensive. It’s littered with pointster stickers.  And yet?  It delivers.   With some air and time and despite its youth this is just surprisingly good value, gorgeously expressive of Malbec, tasty, tangy, forward, food friendly, and easy on the pocket book.  Who woulda thunk it?   Price: $17 at BC Liquor […]

  • Haywire Free Form Red, 2015

    So you know how Decanter, in their 100 most interesting wines of 2018 listed oh, I don’t know, one wine from BC?  Yeah, I think one wine.  And it was a white from Haywire (the Free Form).  So kudos to Haywire who seem to have just the right amount of hipster edge with their free […]

  • De Ley Rioja Gran Reserva 2010

    Decanter described the explosion of coconut and hints of woodsmoke which pretty much is the money shot, that juicy forward tropical note with a backdrop of musky smoke.  And the LCBO, in Ontario, hit the nail on the head by selling this $30 cheaper than BC.  So there you go, the crime of drinking wine […]

  • Bernard-Massard Cuvée de L’Ecusson Brut

    Tis the season.   Sparkling from Luxembourg.  At 12.4%.  Cheaper than cheap Prosecco.  Luscious on the palate.  Could there be a better Christmas gift?   Decanter gave this a best in show, 95 points, platinum.  I’m not sure we were drinking the same wine.  However, it is wonderful.  It is lovely.  It has a finish […]