Posts tagged ‘Red Wine’

January 19, 2016

Edge Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012

Value week on Buyingbcwines: For the life of me I couldn’t get a decent picture. This is an online dupe of what I would call a ludicrous label from a Graphics 101 wannabe under cheap contract.

Edge Cabernet Sauvignon

Beyond the inane label is wine: A really impressive (if somewhat predictable) California Cab Sauv. Heavyweight properties (hence Parker’s 91 points) but without the Ridge-like price tag. A forward, fruity (and I think) overly sweet mouthful. Will please most of the people most of the time. Hits of peppercorn and overripe blackberry on the palate. No soft finish.


Price: Under $30 at BCL, over with tax. Given our dollar, good value.


Market Liquidity: Value. Not valuable.

May 11, 2015

Substance Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013

Unusually good—like winning nine times at Roland Garros unusually good. This is a striking example of how brilliant an inexpensive red can be. This wins over and over and over. Chillingly good, layered and textured spices, both smooth like cinnamon and funky like cardamom, earthy notes against a pleasing but not oppressive oak, aggressively grape-y, potent and uber-potable.

Substance Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Tannic, heavy reds aren’t our everyday choice (not even when the WA scores them in the low 90s, as it did this), but I couldn’t imagine elevating a summer BBQ with anything better. However, a better option is to lie it down for another year or two. If you can resist the temptation.


Price: Wait for it: Less than $14 USD. Which with conversion and taxes is under $30 CDN but, in this category, shames the BC Okanagan.


Market Liquidity: (Yet) Another WOW from WA.

October 2, 2014

Ribera del Duero, Ninin, 2009


What a huge disappointment. A big pointer with the Robert Parker crowd (92 points to be exact) this is exactly the sort of wine that critics say the Robert Parker crowd loves and which lead to copycat wines which leads to a world full of monotonous Robert Parker 92 point wines. From the get go, has all the predictability and dusty mechanical boredom of a bus and truck production of A Chorus Line in its second decade. Fruit? Check. Pepper? Check. Oak? Check and check and check. Over 14 per cent alcohol? Do you need to even effing ask? It’s the Wine Advocate agenda. Sweet? Jesus, this could be Aunt Jemima syrup.


Something more memorable...

Something more memorable…

All we could think of was Charlie Chaplin getting sucked into a factory cog in Modern Times. Sucked into the monstrous system. Every single vineyard that nods to this pointster coup by imitating the Ninin is doing the wine world a disservice. We tend to love Spain, but love has its limits. This drinks really well, no, it drinks really easy, but it will linger in your memory like that episode of The Brady Bunch where Greg gets stuck in the butcher’s fridge. Could you care any less?


I am, of course, in the minority. The masses lap this up. Go online and see the myriad likes, loves and lauds.  So shoot me.


Price: A remarkably affordable $23.95 at the LLBO in Toronto.


Market Liquidity: Great old editorial cartoon: Dog sniffing a fire hydrant. Caption: Been there, done that.