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2005 Movia Pinot Grigio, Brda

12152008Well now. I stumbled on this wine while shopping for a Christmas gift for a client of mine – and she’s a big fan of Pinot Gris/Grigio. I’ve had a few over the years that I’ve thought were decent, most notably Alsatian… and even one or two from Northern Italy. I walked into Kitsilano Wine Cellars and Kirk said if that’s what I was looking for, I had to pick this bottle up and give it a try. The grapes are grown in Italy, but then trucked just over the border into Slovenia, where the wine is made. I’ve never had a Slovenian wine. From reading the blog, you may have picked up on the fact that I have a pretty curious palate, so home it came.

Candace and I were cooking up a squash and sage risotto tonight, so I thought this might be a tasty match. Out came the cork and sip after sip gave up a nose that had tropical fruit, melon and stone. A juicy sip gave up all the baked tropical fruit and a flinty melon finish… like eating honeydew and pineapple out of a stone bowl. The finish stayed with me for a while.

What can I say? I really liked this wine – a lot. This ain’t your Momma’s Pinot Grigio. This is complex, tasty and has a finish that keeps your tongue busy. In the past, the Wine Dictator has called this, “The greatest Pinot Grigio from Italy”. I’m not gonna disagree.

Try it.

$37.50 at Kitsilano Wine Cellars.

4 stars


2007 Seghesio Zinfandel Sonoma County

This is a first for the site – one vintage following another as consecutive posts on the site… but after the #10 rating for 2008 by the Wine Dictator, I had to try it as soon as I could.

I finally happened on the 2007 at an LDB outlet next to where I was buying my groceries tonight and promptly bought a bunch. I AM a Zin fan, after all.

I brought it home, opened it while cooking and promptly offered up the following post on Twitter, “…Holy crap it’s tasty.”.. and it is. The nose has all sorts of berry goodness followed up by flavours that eloquently yell berry, cherry, briar and spice!.. and finish it all up with firm tannins that mean business – and business is good. Very, very good.

It’s complex, tasty and a bit slutty at the same time. It’s like running into your hot doctor (if you have one) out at a club in a sexy black dress.

If you’re  Zin fan, or if you love a great, spicy and seriously tasty red wine, you should search this out. I like the folks at the winery… and I obviously love the wines. It’s not TOO much of the Zin fruit and at the same time, it doesn’t lack that dark fruity goodness.

Go Zin!

$34.99 at LDB stores here in BC.

4 1/2 stars


2006 Seghesio Zinfandel Sonoma County

I was out doing some Christmas shopping today (for me) when I found a good deal on Reidel’s Vinum Zinfandel glasses, so I grabbed ’em… and went looking for a Zin to break one in.

When Graham and I visited San Fran in January for ZAP, we also did a quick tour of Napa and Sonoma and had a great meeting with the folks at Seghesio. Not only were the folks plenty nice, but their wines rocked… and the Sonoma Zin pretty much rules the roost in this price range. I haven’t found one in this price range (under $35 CDN) that beats it.

The nose gives me all that briary blackberry fruit I look for in a Zin and the flavours give up a mouthful of ripe blackberries, licorice and vanilla-edged all-spice. It also has enough tannins on the finish that this wine has structure. You could definitely pair it with food – think ribs, gourmet burgers or even some pizza. Tasty stuff. Give it up for the Zinfandel, folks and don’t confuse this with that pink crap.


$34.99 at LDB stores here in BC.

4 stars
(but kinda’ knocking on 4.5)


2006 Jean Latour-Labille & Fils Bourgogne Chardonnay

Look at these French guys being all straight-forward with their wine labeling. You look at the label and you can pretty much tell at a glance who makes it, where it comes from and what grape’s juice made the wine. Refreshing.

I’ve had this a few times and have been meaning to review it. That hasn’t been too rushed along just because I’ve really liked it each time, so buying it again hasn’t been a real stretch. 🙂

This has everything I like about the Chardonnay grape goin’ on. On the nose, it’s got the nutty, tropical edge, but that is immediately followed up with a good whiff of crisp lemony-minerality. A taste shows melon, nut and stony mineral leading into a healthy squeeze of lemon on the finish.

You’ve just finished an almond and a piece of honeydew melon and then take a big lick of a lemon soaked rock – that’s this wine. Sounds kinda’ tasty right? Oh, c’mon. Well, it is. Buy it.

$35 at Kitsilano Wine Cellars.

4 stars

(verging on 4.5)

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2006 Composite Pinot Noir, Ara, Marlborough

I made a quick stop at Kitsilano Wine Cellars tonight and had this wine pointed out to me… and y’all now I’m a fan of the Pinot, so I had to give it a try.

I’ve had a couple of Pinots from New Zealand’s Marlborough region that I’ve loved in the last year and I’ve gotta’ say that this is among them. In the glass its colour is incredibly light – bordering on a rosé. A sniff belies its red character. It shows ripe red cherry, cranberry, and a citrus edge. A sip gives up all that fruit with a medium-long mineral-laced finish.

Yum. Tonight, it paired incredibly well with grilled salmon.. and because of its bright acidity, would pair equally well with many foods.

This is a winner folks. If you enjoy Pinot, you really should give it a try. I have to add, that as a design geek, I also love the label. 🙂

$31 at Kitsilano Wine Cellars.

4 stars


2005 Russell Creek Winery Tributary

OK folks, I’ve been busy and am plum out of the witty wine analogies. I’ll just get right down to it. I visited this winery in Walla Walla early last year and have drunk a few of their wines since.

Mmmmm… this one is a juicy, deep, dark and sexy New World Cab blend (56% Cabernet Sauvignon and 44% Merlot). Yes, it is. I gave it roughly 2 hours in the decanter to open up. Once there, it gave layers of intense dark cherry and berry fruit to go along with some dark chocolate and oak-driven spice on the medium-long finish.

I loved this wine. It just gave me exactly what I was looking for on Saturday. In a word, it was decadent. My mouth was left wanting more – and that’s never a bad thing.

$32.99 at LDB stores here in BC.

4 1/2 stars


2004 Chateau De Chamirey Mercurey Rouge

As the climate blends cool and warm in the transition to fall, Pinot Noir is making more frequent appearances at the front of the wine fridge.   This offering was one I picked up recently in a clear out at the local LDB, and was worth every penny.

The nose has earthy mushroom with a little bit of raspberry.  I really starting crave that rustic, funky start of the Burgundies I’ve had of late.  Great to have the palate evolve as I learn a little more.  A swirl of the new Riedel Tyrol I picked up (kinda cool) and on to the tongue with some nice floral and tart raspberry and cherry.  The finish is more red fruit with nice tartness and some mineral hangin’ around.

A tasty treat!

$34.99 (then 30% off) at the Local LDB Store.

4 stars

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2006 Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Mendoza, Vineyard Selection Reserva

This’ll be  quickie… I’m a BUSY boy these days.

I had it the other night. I really liked it, but wasn’t totally in love with it. It may be a Malbec thing for me. I can’t say I’ve ever had one that knocked my socks off.

It had a great dark cherry syrup edge to the felt tip marker and long earthy finish, which while not bringing love certainly caused a little crush.

With some nice meat or cheese, I think this would come alive. The Spectator gave it 92 points.

$32.95 at LDB stores here in BC.

4 stars

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2006 Erath Pinot Noir

Wow. It’s been a busy couple of weeks and the blog’s always the first thing to suffer. 🙂

I picked this bottle up at the local LDB store and popped it open (or unscrewed it, really – it’s got a screw top closure) last weekend. It was really tasty, especially for the money.

It had a nose of cherry cola, a bit of earth and ripe strawberry. The flavours were all about cherry syrup, orange peel, strawberry and cola. Yum. It had a nice round, medium-bodied feel to it and was very light in colour.

If you’re a New World Pinot fan, you’ll like this one. Have it with food or just on the patio.

$32.95 at LDB stores here in BC.

4 stars

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2005 Domaine Michel Juillot Mercurey, AMC

On the recommendation of a friend of Rachel’s, I picked this up at the main LDB store out at 41st and Cambie here in Vancouver tonight. I brought it home and paired it with a BBQ’d butterfly pork chop with a cherry, balsamic and wine reduction sauce. Mmmmm…. Yep, it was tasty.

OK, so back to the wine. This is a bit of an Old World Pinot. It’s got that great pale red Pinot colour along with a nose that has ripe red cherry, earth and a green tea-cherry syrup edge. A taste gives up all that the nose hinted at along with a nice long finish with some firm, but not harsh tannins that are a touch stemmy.

It’s a good wine, folks. Again, I’ll point out that it’s a bit of an Old World Pinot with some New World fruit tossed in. If you love the Belle Glos, this might be a nice introduction to the French style of Pinot.

Now, down to the skinny… Would I buy this wine again? Yep. It’s a bloody nice sip.

$32.61 at LDB stores here in BC.

4 stars

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