’08 Otis Kenyon Merlot

After finding a bargain '08 Syrah from this producer that was a definite miss I wanted to give them another shot because, frankly, Walla Walla produces great Merlot. Thankfully this was a good buy. Flint and herbaceous notes dominate but on the palate they settle into the background with blackberry and cocoa taking the lead.... Continue Reading →

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’89 Chateau de Chaintres Saumur-Champigny

First off, let me start by saying there are a lot of things that this wine simply is not: robust, fruit forward, vibrant wouldn't depict the character of this old chap very well. However, it is stunningly elegant. My local shop clerk, Dirk at DeVine Wines, suggested I try this and on paper (Cab Franc... Continue Reading →

’12 Bastiolo Barolo

Currently I am taking my WSET level 2 (basically part 2 of 4 towards some fancy shmancy diploma) and this week my tasting included a Barolo. Prior to this course, I actually had no familiarity whatsoever with Barolo (nor Italian wines in general), so this was an exciting part for me. The wine opened up... Continue Reading →

’09 Foxtrot Vineyards Pinot Noir

Wandering through Color de Vino I noticed this bottle of Foxtrot on their shelves and remembered reading a few articles about their minimalist cult-ish outfit (read: no tasting room) and figured I would give them a go. Plus John Schreiner, *the* authority on Canadian wine, regularly boasts about them. From the Naramata bench, this is... Continue Reading →

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