Posts tagged ‘Kitsilano Wine Cellars’

July 27, 2016

Cassini Quattro, 2012

If this is your thing, then this is your thing.  By which I mean, why pay $20 more for a California Cab Sauv with 90 plus points when you can have a gorgeous, rustic, hugely satisfying BC blend?

Cassini Quattro, 2012

The “attack” is strong with a yin yang of violets and cigar box.  I liked that juxtaposition a lot, but no one will mistake it for finesse.  On the palate it’s full, aggressive, while the finish is mild and doesn’t linger.  Really delectable if a tad less accomplished than the Cassini Cabernet Franc which we drank last week.  But from my perspective, this is a stellar red at the price point.  The imperfection of it, if you will, was perhaps the most likeable and enduring element.  We’ll be back for more.

 

Price: $30 well spent at Kitsilano Wine Cellars.

 

Market Liquidity: Bob Fosse said “Thank God I wasn’t born perfect.”  They should stamp that on a sticker, and remove the plaudits.

July 27, 2016

Burrowing Owl Sauvignon Blanc, 2015

Burrowing Owl Sauvignon Blanc, 2015

The acidity will stop you in your tracks.  The strident Kiwi SB grassiness is nowhere to be seen, instead we have a doff of the hat to the purity of the French style, an austere, highly charged blast of melon and citrus.  The assertiveness is either enchanting and captivating or off-putting.  Are you looking for Sancerre or Cloudy Bay? (I am looking for Cape Mentelle, but BCL “wisely” decided to delist those fine wines from Western A.  Oh, sorry for the barb, the digression…)  Regardless, this is less than subtle but also a tad sanitized.  Ever order a beer or glass of wine in a restaurant and the first thing to hit your nose is the light aroma of bleach?  That to me was the first sip of this wine.  A big (big, big) fan of Burrowing O, I could nevertheless pass on this without regret.

 

Price: $27 plus taxes at Kitsilano Wine Cellars.

 

Market Liquidity: What’s the old pop song?  “Sometimes you’re gonna hit the mark, sometimes you’re gonna take the next best thing.”