Sunday, October 18, 2009

Lotus, Ique and Vacque...

This has to be one of the most original bottle labels I have come across....a very striking mix of local features and people in B&W spanning the circumference of the bottle (click on the photo to better see it) . Unfortunately the winery it comes from has a crappy little shack of a tasting room that is sooo ugly and tackily signposted that most people are probably afraid to stop by. Too bad. These guys, Lotusland, make tiny batches of varietals such as Ortega, Zweigelt, Cabernet and Pinot Noir in the Fraser Valley of BC where new wineries pop up every year. I was impressed with their Pinot Noir, 2002, probably because it uses dollops of oak to add some meat to the wine. Beautiful oaky nose - you PN purists will NOT like this wine as the soft, warm oak overpowers the palate. Chewy, but there is some bright fruit. Pretty long (oaky) finish. I like this - it's "good", and damn good for a red sourced from Fraser Valley fruit. $22. Stop in and have a taste next time you drive by.

Vacqueras is a village appelation in the Cotes-du-Rhone. The Montirius, Le Clos, 2004 is a 50-50 mix of Grenache and Syrah that is organically farmed. Initially quite closed - all minerally and graphite, it needs a good decant for a few hours to freshen up. It retains the lean, tannic frame but some nice brambly fruit shows up, laced with an iodine like tinge. Nice 30 second finish, this was a good foil for a turkey leg and portobello mushroom stuffing. Good wine. $22, worth the admission price if you like this old world style.

Enrique Foster of Mendoza dabbles only in Malbec. The Ique, 2007, is a black wine with blackcurrant and pomegranate nose. Medium bodied, classic malbec - more of the same fruit follows on the palate plus a little raw meat. No oak evident. Nice long finish. Good food wine, also went very well with turkey. Gobble gobble. $20.


At 8:13 p.m. , Anonymous Anonymous said...

So in case you didn't catch it, Lotus Land is on 16th Ave, Aldergrove, B.C. As far as New World wines go the wine isn't a classic, light Pinot, like the Pinots from say Oregan. In comparison to Old World Pinots, the Lotus Land wine leans more towards a Nuits-St-George style, . has a darker color, more concentrated flavor and rather more tannins, a Pinot for "NP purists" and Cabernet fans. Good wine overall and will probably suit a wider range of tastes than other "local" wines from small producers - after all who doesn't like a Nuits-St-George?.

At 10:11 p.m. , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Comments please. thx

At 7:09 p.m. , Blogger Crush59 said...

thanks for the background on what you're trying to produce - this was not made clear to us in your tasting, room.
I like your Pinot and think you do a great job with it considering you don't source your red grapes from the okanagon like your neighbours.
I'll be back for more next time I visit.

At 2:10 a.m. , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who said I was the producer? - I just happen to be familar with the area and wines. Not necessarily a fan, but credit where credit is due, the wine is good for a small winery with a "shack" as a tasting room. (BTW in the weed capital of Canada that is a perfectly acceptable property!!) Just gulping down some $14 Bolla Valpolicella Classico - it is, as always, true to form, easy to drink with a nice alcohol kick. Would fit in your under $15catogory as cheap, unpretenious and consistent. Ciao.


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