Tag: Hugh Johnson

  • Battle of the Vintage Riojas: Sierra Cantabria San Vicente 2008 vs. CVNE Reserva, 2012

    From the cellar: This time of year, the “season” if you will, is a good excuse to dig up some gems. The 2008 San Vicente was a “significant birthday” birthday gift, and a great gift at that.  What a wine (despite the dry cork: Hey BC wine sellers, how about some lie down?!!).  Each sip […]

  • Burrowing Owl Pinot Noir, 2017

    We received our annual case from the vineyard and thought we should “finish up” last year’s remnants to avoid any confusion (!). Of two bottles in a mixed case we had the first last December.  Our review, here, was of a take it or leave it nature, unimpressed and let down.  So, on first sip […]

  • Glen Carlou Quartz Stone Chardonnay, 2016

    What a wonderful, optimistic and uplifting start to 2019.  A beautiful white; crisp, clean, minerally, the proverbial oyster shells, with hints of honeydew melon and a whisper of jasmine.  A long buttery finish.  When Hugh Johnson writes about his love of acidity, I think this wine epitomizes that sentiment, with a tart acidity extremely well […]

  • Sierra Cantabria Rioja, 2011

    Ever taste wine with friends, take notes, compare them, and find that what one person found heavy and tannic another found fruity and light?  Or, more typically, buy wine specifically because of the reviewer’s blurb—only to be wholly let down?  This is that experience in a nutshell.   Here’s the professional review: “…dense, rich red […]

  • Ch. Saint-Roch Cotes du Roussillon Villages, Kerbuccio, 2011

    From the cellar: So we found an old bottle of this in the cellar, tucked away.  It’s been two years since we drank most of the allotment, I guess this one just got missed. Every word of the original review stands: Stellar wine, over the top impressive at the price point.  Luscious for the lush. […]