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Jun 6, 2014 at 10:46pm
Added Jun 6, 2014 at 10:46pmFairly fragrant, with lots of blackberry, raspberry and an undertone of something herbaceous. On the palate this one is JUICY, with lots of blackberry, cassis and jam. Also some clove and just a hint of something leathery. Lots of bright acidity. Some lovely subtle notes of vanilla and oak on the finish. Moderate length. Good value here, for sure.
Jun 6, 2014 at 2:14pmCompare and Buy
Average Price: $21.41
Added Jun 6, 2014 at 2:14pmSo, here we are, with this affordable Nebbiolo. Clear, translucent ruby colour in the glass that reminded me of Pinot Noir or Beaujolais. This wine was softer and juicier than I expected. Notes of cherry with some raspberry and plum were dominant, although there were still slight leathery notes. More of the same on the palate, with some spice and mint or menthol. Well integrated acidity isn't really as bracing as you see with other Italian wine. Short-moderate length that leaves you with a drying feeling from the tannin. Although it might be a touch lean, this wine still felt fresh,young, approachable and ready to drink now. *FYI - I read that Langhe is a big area that encompasses both Barolo and Barbaresco, so it's easier for grapes to make the cut. That probably explains our lower price point.
Jun 6, 2014 at 1:43pm
Added Jun 6, 2014 at 2:27amREALLY great value in this Italian blend of Croatina, Barbera, and Shiraz. Delicate nose with floral notes and juicy cherry/blackberry. More of the same on the palate - a juicy fruit forward wine with additional complexity from notes of dark chocolate, cracked pepper, and mint. Short to moderate length.Balanced with well integrated acidity that's much more supportive / in the background. A simple wine with enough complexity to feel entertained. It had more soft, well integrated tannin than I expected for such a wine at this price point. I served this with a simple pizza and the pairing was good but not excellent. Next time I'll try this wine with something more substantial.
Jun 1, 2014 at 2:47am
Seastar Siegerrebe 2013
Added Jun 1, 2014 at 2:47amAn unexpected offering from an unexpected place! This wine is made with grapes grown at Clam Bay Farm in Pender Island, BC. The grape variety is Siegerrebe, a german variety that is a cross between Madeline Angevine (a Loire variety) and Gewurztraminer. I've read that Siegerrebe can be a bit of a monster, but evidently this isn't the case in the cool climate of Pender Island. Somewhat similar to gewurztraminer, this is a interesting yet light and easy sipper. It's nearly colorless, with notes of cantalopue, white flowers, and stone fruit. More of the same on the palate with additional complexity coming in, maybe almond or marzipan. Light and soft with well integrated acid. Surprisingly long length. Really enjoyed this one! Will be looking for more offerings from this little winery on Pender Island.
Jun 1, 2014 at 2:36am
Seastar Siegerrebe 2013
May 24, 2014 at 1:22amCompare and Buy
Average Price: $14.99
Added May 24, 2014 at 1:22amBright pale yellow colour. Pear, stone fruit, citrus/lime and apple combine with subtle oak and butter notes- lots of fruit well balanced with acidity. Medium-long length and slightly tangy finish.
May 19, 2014 at 11:14pm
May 19, 2014 at 11:07pm
Added Aug 3, 2013 at 3:15pmThese guys are a really small winery out in Creston Valley. Their gewurztraminer is one of the most different I've ever had. Right away you notice the colour - a really intense golden pinkish hue. It was fuller bodied and not as crisp as I expected. An intense perfumed nose: telltale lychee with some juicy peach, apricot, pear, and white flowers. More of the same on the palate with sweet almond/marzipan and great mouth watering acidity (kind of like really tart lime leaf). Has a smooth mouth-coating feel (glycerin came to mind) and good length. I really think this is a great wine and very original.
May 19, 2014 at 3:00am
Added May 19, 2014 at 2:44amThis one is considered to be a premium NZ sauvignon blanc, I was looking forward to trying this one. Crisp and aromatic nose, with lots of citrus notes along with some grassy and nectarine notes. Lots of minerality. Sharp on the palate with apple and all the other stuff I just smelled. Tons of acid, but balanced. They say this wine is supposed to have a chalky finish and I think I get what they mean. Loooong finish - this one is a heavy hitter but still balanced and quite good. FYI I Tried the classic pairing with several goat cheeses (inner and outer bits of paillot and a regular creamy/tangy unripened goat cheese in a tube) - the middle (not creamy outside) of the paillot was the best. But they were all very good - apparently there's a reason sauv blanc + goat cheese is a classic combo!
May 17, 2014 at 4:25am
Pure Viognier 2011
Added May 17, 2014 at 4:06amA fresh and bright style of viognier. Quite aromatic with notes of apple along with white flower, white peach, and sweetgrass. More of the same on the palate with lots of mouthwatering acid. Lots of body and viognier mouth coating richness. My sweetie really enjoyed this one. I tried pairing it with a goat cheese and pineapple-guava/feijoa salad and it worked really well. Out of several goat cheeses the slighter richer and less tangy paillot worked better than the regular tangier unripened goat's cheese in the tube packaging.