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2006 Wild Goose Pinot Blanc, Mystic River Vineyard

One of the grand frustrations I find of late in BC is that many of the local wines are reaching to astronomical levels in pricing. I realize that “charge what the traffic will bear” is an old business adage, however the quality-value ratio must be upheld in the competitive world of wine.

Fortunately a winery like Wild Goose, making some of the best white wines in the province, let alone Canada, has not followed the over-pricing trend. I have always enjoyed their tasty wines along with their personable, family approach to their customers.

This Pinot Blanc is exactly what I love about their wines – crisp, with prominent fruit and a nice acidity to finish. The nose on this is honeydew melon with a bit of kiwi hiding in there. A few swishes produce some nice tart pear and more melon with nice tart green apple acidity on the finish – just plain tasty on a warm summer’s eve.

This is a great bottle of local white, something you can say about pretty much anything produced by Wild Goose.

$17.99 at the winery (and some VQA stores) here in BC.

3 1/2 stars

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2002 Mystic Wine Cabernet Sauvignon

02182008.jpgIt’s been a busy week here at Vinifico. We received our press passes to the upcoming Vancouver International Wine Festival, I received a schwack of side work and there was finally some sun in Vancouver, which meant less time inside in front of a computer. There was wine though. Oh yes, there was wine.

This is yet another bottle I picked up at Kitsilano Wine Cellars. I had tried the Pinot from these folks a while back and had liked it… but not loved it though. Well, for a wine I almost left on the shelf, this is quite the find. It actually reminds me a lot of the much more expensive Abeja Cabernet Rachel and I had last year in Walla Walla. This one I do love.

The nose has a beautiful brown sugar edge to the coffee, blackcurrant, blackberry and licorice mix. A juicy sip gives up licorice-edged blackberry, currant and tea leading into a long and sexy finish with firm tannins.

There’s a lot going on in this one. It’s a beautiful wine from the Columbia Valley… Let’s face it, a wine from Napa with this much going on would cost at least $20 more. This is quite a deal. There were only 150 cases made!

$35 at Kitsilano Wine Cellars.

4 1/2 stars

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Wine – 2005 Wild Goose Mystic River Gewurztraminer

Wild Goose VineyardsHoly crap. I have a new favourite BC Gewurztraminer. The 2004 was Canada’s white wine of the year, so I figured it was worth a try. I bought it at Taylorwood Wines the other day and when I took my first sip it grabbed my taste buds and knocked them around the room.

This wine has a slightly dry finish with Intense (yes, I meant to use the capital “I”) spice, lots of rose petal, lychee and even a hint of white pepper. This wine would be a little slice of heaven here on earth matched with some green Thai curry… or hell, a warm night and some good company.

Now to me, one of the signs of a good wine is how long the finish lasts… and this one sticks around for a while. It was right there leading into the next sip. This is good stuff.

Goddamn!

~$18.95 here in BC.

4 stars

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