Sunday, March 1, 2009

Tasting Notes - Salt Field Trip

For those of you wanting the tasting notes I recorded. Keep in mind, prices quoted are those off the menu. Ron reported finding some of these wines at very affordable prices in the Liquor stores.

Tantalus Riesling 2007
Tart green apple/malic acid with a touch of apricot and peach skin.
Developed a nice tropical fruit and floral nose, with tangerine in the mid-palate.
Well balanced, medium bodied wine.

Jean-Marc Brocard 1er Cru Chablis "Montmains" 2006
13% Alc. $74
Begingings of sous-bois/mushroomy complexity, with notes of smoke and wood. Great acid structure, with a light yeasty, creamy finnish. Hint of browned butter. The delicacy was lost on the smokey Czech beer salami... but still, the wine was intriguing.

Artazuri Garnacha Rosado, Navarra 2007
13.5% Alc. $35
Lively strawberry (fruits de bois) nose. Pleasant acidity.
Uncomplicated, unpretentious, well made rosé wine. Made more for salads and a sunny days, than sausage and winter nights.

Shepherds Ridge Pinot Noir, Marlborough 2006
14% Alc. $60
Aged in 100% new French Oak for 12 months
Oak, vanilla, spice and more oak on the nose. Smooth, well integrated tannins in a heavier boddied pinot.
Much of the pinot fruit was overwhelmed by the new wood. I described it as a beautiful oak coffin containing the dead, flaccid pinot noir inside.

Pentâge Cabernet Franc, Skaha Lake 2005
Nicely dry, with very typical Cab. Fanc dusty tannins, but with bright fruit, that evolved into chocolate aromas.
Bolder than a typical Loire Valley Cab. Fanc, but displayed characteristic green tannins. A good effort... I'm glad to see more people making this varietal.

Apollonio Primitivo, Puglia 2001
14.5% Alc. $50
Chocolate nose, followed by fine pipe tobacco, black tea, raisin and port wine aromas.
Slightly briny with elegant tannins, balanced with good acid. Aromas evolved into soft dried rose petal.
Big wine, but not overwhelming. Most pleasant surprise of the evening.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Local Wine Broker - The Marquis

I subscribe to this Wine Broker/Retailer's newsletter and find it informative for what's newly available. It's a great shop on Davie between Burrard and Thurlow.

I'll try to post other links/newletters I frequent...


Some ideas for the New Year

More Rhone

On the theme of Rhone wines, I thought I would share this link with you. Its from Grape Radio, a podcast I subscribe to.
The winemaker presenting is legendary and facinating. Its too bad that we could not taste alongside everybody else.
Check out the other shows and videos too.
- Sebastien

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Domaine Les Pallieres Gigondas 2004

14.5%, $40

Colour: red-brown
Aromas: blueberry, smoke, 
Flavours: Smoke, blueberry, raisin, stewed plum, mineral, dill, prune
High complexity
Medium to high tannins
High acidity
Med to long finish

Domaine La Monardiere Vacqueyras 2004

14.5%, $30
60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 20% Mourvedre

Colour: dark purple
Aromas: ink, plum jam, oil
Flavours: cantelope rind, barn of farm, olives, herbaciousiosity
Medium to high tannins
Med to high acidity
Med to high complexity
Mysterious finish

Perrin et Fils — Rasteau Cotes du Rhone Villages "L'Andéol"

14%, $20
80% Grenache, 20% Syrah

Colour: dark purply red
Aromas: barnyard, sour cherry, strawberry
Flavours: see above, plus cinnamon, sweet spices
Med to high complexity
Med to high acidity
Moderate tannins
Medium tannic finish