Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Good...and Evil

There are some good wines being made in the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, but they are generally few and far between and overpriced. So it was a pleasure to imbibe the Osoyoos Larose, Petales d'Osoyoos, 2005. This is the "second" wine from a relatively new winery with French owners who are aiming for a "Bordeaux style" of wine - and, boy, looks like they have succeeded. Cassis and vanilla aromas lead into an elegant, complex wine. Medium chewy, the tannins are still a little harsh but manageable. Raspberry is the predominant fruit. A classy wine, gets a "wow" rating. $25.
OK, now for the evil part - I don't know what demon prompted my sister to buy this crap.... it was undrinkable. Pinot Evil, Pinot Noir, NV, Vin de Pays de L'Ile de Beaute is toilet cleaner. It just goes to show how bad pinot noir can get.
This cleaning product displays a prominent "imported" on the front label, but on the back it admits to being bottled in California. Classic tanker crap. I don't care how much it cost, it is too much.

Getting back to more pleasant things. The Wine Spectator rated the Altos Las Hormigas, Colonia Las Liebres, Bonarda, 2007, Mendoza as a best buy. I agree. Bonarda is not a well known grape, you really only see it these days from Argentina. This one is dark and dirty with plums and black chocolate. Medium bodied and a smooth chugger. Good stuff, well worth the $13.



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