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2007 Chateau de Beaucastel

2007 Chateau de Beaucastel


Posted on Jul 15, 2018

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2007 Chateau de Beaucastel

2007 Chateau de Beaucastel

Gorgeous wine that is brimming with black cherry and plum fruit that gains lots of complexity from the espresso, dried herbs and spice secondary notes. Just entering maturity now, this should provide great drinking for another decade at least. Medium/full body with polished tannin this has a tremendous mouthfeel: full and round without being heavy. We have drank Beaucastel going back to the 1998 vintage and this is their best effort yet.

Extraordinary

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2007 Merry Edwards Flax Vineyard Pinot Noir

2007 Merry Edwards Flax Vineyard Pinot Noir

From respected winemaker Merry Edwards, this Russian River Valley offering is a perfect example of why this region in Sonoma has a world-class reputation for Pinot Noir. A very expressive wine with dark cherry and plum backed with secondary notes spice and earth. We had to double check the label that this was actually 11 years old! Still lots of structure and very fresh, making us think it still has a few years ahead of it. Great mouth feel and quite a long finish for a Pinot Noir.

Excellent

 

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2016 Hamilton Russell Chardonnay

2016 Hamilton Russell Chardonnay


Posted on Jun 30, 2018

South Africa Wine

2016 Hamilton Russell Chardonnay

2016 Hamilton Russell Chardonnay

Apple and pear dominate the aromatic and flavor profile of this wine. This has medium body and good back end acidity and one could be forgiven for guessing Burgundy in a blind tasting. Already complex there are notes of citrus, minerals and nuts to underscore the fruit. The finish is long with hints of spice. Elegance dominates but there is underlying power as well. Very classy!

Excellent (CAD$54 +taxes at BC Liquor Stores)

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2014 Daou Viognier

2014 Daou Viognier


Posted on May 5, 2018

Paso Robles Wines2014 Daou Viognier

Not for the faint of heart, this is a full-bodied white that has classic Viognier characteristics that have been dialed up a notch. A wonderfully floral nose with peach and honeysuckle on the palate. Soft and smooth with a plush mouth feel, it is well balanced and one of the finest Viogniers we’ve tasted.

Excellent+

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2012 Woodward Canyon Chardonnay

2012 Woodward Canyon Chardonnay


Posted on Mar 3, 2018

WA Wine2012 Woodward Canyon Chardonnay

We first opened this wine a year and a half ago and our initial thought was “ABC” (Anything But Chardonnay) drinkers be damned! It is a big new world Chardonnay out of Washington that shows how an “oaky” chardonnay can be powerful but simultaneously balanced so as not to be overpowering. Gold in colour with a medium plus body, the first whiff revealed vanilla, butterscotch and caramel. The first sip had similar notes backed with lemon, honey and citrus. Terrific body and complexity to this wine with a lovely long finish. Fast forward to last night and it has evolved in more. A little more subtle yet still very complex, it is drinking beautifully right now but still has a few years of optimum drinking left.

Excellent+

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Santa Barbara California2007 Brewer-Clifton Mount Carmel Pinot Noir

Dark red in colour, the nose reveals lots of red fruits and baking spices. Medium in body with a nice smooth mouthfeel, the secondary notes of earth and herbs do a great job balancing out the fruit. This is a big, new world Pinot that isn’t overpowering because it so well structured. At 11 years old, it’s drinking beautifully now and likely won’t get better with more time. If you have some put away, drink it, you won’t be disappointed!

Excellent

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