Tag Archives: 2011

Barolo, Ferdinando Principiano, Serralunga, Ravera di Montfort, Barolo DOCG, Italy, 2011, 15% abv. C$45

We enjoyed this just inside the recommended drinking window – I’m not patient when it comes to holding wine. I was very nervous when I removed the capsule to find what looked to be a moldy cork.  It was dry … Continue reading

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Pinot Noir, Toulouse, Alexander Valley AVA, California, 2011, 14% abv., US$28

Toulouse is located near the northwestern end of the Alexander Valley AVA, a few short kilometers after emerging from the switchback drive through the Navarro River Redwoods State Park from Mendocino on the Californian coast. We visited there in August … Continue reading

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Hypothesis, Culmina Family Estate Winery, Okanagan Valley VQA, BC, 13.5% abv, 2011

Culmina Winery owner, Don Triggs is no stranger to the really big wine industry business.  No, really.  I’m serious; as one half of the former Jackson-Triggs group (yes, that Jackson-Triggs), with his business partner, Don Triggs built and sold Vincor. … Continue reading

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Les Cornuds, Famille Perrin, Vinsobres AC, France, 2011, 14.5% abv. C$20++

Here’s a classic 50-50 Syrah and Grenache blend from Vinsobres which is located in the northern part of France’s Southern Rhône Valley. Vinsobres became its own AC in 2006; before that it was part of the Côtes du Rhône Villages. … Continue reading

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Beni di Batasiolo, Barolo DOCG, La Morra, Piemonte, Italia, 2011, 14.5% abv.

This winery, owned by the Dogliani family for the past five generations, has vineyards in four regions of Piemonte – La Morra, Barolo, Monforte d’Alba and Serralunga d’Alba. The Batasiolo vineyard where the Nebbiolo grapes for this wine are from is … Continue reading

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Church & State, Coyote Bowl Series, Malbec, Okanagan Valley, BC, 2011, 14.5% abv.

Purchased in September 2014 at the winery, we opened this on Saltspring Island with charcuterie and BBQ’d sausages in summer 2015. Opaque purple and very young with intense aromas of ripe, purple plum, black cherry, burnished leather and fresh pine, … Continue reading

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Pahlmeyer, Merlot, Napa Valley, California, 2011, 15.2% abv, US$85

If violet coloured velvet were a wine, it would be this one. Plush and sensuous, it’s made with 85% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon and a smattering of Malbec.  The grapes came from three separate vineyards. On the eyes it’s a … Continue reading

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Domaine Huet, Clos du Bourg, Sec, Vouvray AC, Loire, France, 2011, 13.5% abv.

These are a few of my favourite things – the Loire Valley, Domaine Huet and Chenin Blanc.  We visited this classic biodynamic benchmark winery in June 2014 but opened this bottle in July 2015.  A second bottle was opened in October 2015 (notes … Continue reading

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Tawse, Quarry Road Vineyard, Chardonnay, Vinemount Ridge VQA, Ontario, 2011, 13% abv. C$34.95

Irony of ironies, although I live in Canada, it’s almost impossible for me to purchase a wine grown and produced in Ontario living here on BC’s west coast. This was picked up during a trip to the Niagara region in March 2015. … Continue reading

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Riesling, Orofino Winery, Similkameen Valley VQA, BC, 2011, 11.8% abv, C$22

“Don’t you find the winters a little cold and lonely out here in the Similkameen?” we naively asked co-owner Virginia Weber. “Are you absolutely kidding? You’re talking to a Saskatchewan girl,” was the response. Fair enough – I mean, she … Continue reading

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