February 25, 2015 § 1 Comment
I recall the days where the majority of BC’s wine consumers considered that BC couldn’t make red wines. Then came the criticism that BC wines were to expensive. With that in mind I was eagerly anticipated tasting a VQA wine that I found at Everything Wine called Scrapbook Red Blend.
The wine provided me with an interesting conflict. It is not a style that I like, however I know that there is a ton of consumers out there that love this type of wine especially when it is compared to California wines likes Apothic.
For me this wine is dead average, however it is every bit as good as Apothic which is priced at $16.99. My recommendation is that if you are a lover of Apothic, Cupcake Red Velvet, Carnivore, Insomnia, etc. then save yourselves a few bucks and enjoy Scrapbook, however if you are like, and are looking for more than sweet fruit in your glass, then give this wine a pass.
Tasting Notes Sipping: The colour is dark, blood red and the aromas are of crushed berries with a hint of vanilla. The palate is juicy, of medium weight and finishes with sweet juicy fruit.
Tasting Notes with Food: I had this wine with grilled steak and it was a decent match. The wine held up and certainly didn’t take away from the enjoyment of the meal.
Value: As I mentioned, this wine is a decent value in relation to the likes of Apothic, Cupcake, etc. and I would suggest seeking this out as an alternative to those.
Added Value: This wine has added value as a Crowd Pleaser and perhaps a BBQ Wine.
Score: 6.8 – Dead Average
Service: Twist off the cap and off you go.
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot
Store Section: BC/VQA
Appellation: Okanagan Valley
Available: Everything Wine
January 6, 2015 § Leave a comment
About the Wine: It’s a big nose full (yes I have a big nose) of ripe, almost over ripe cherry, some spice and forward tones of vanilla. The palate shows some baker’s cocoa and a touch of pepper, while the texture is pretty lush and almost fatty. This finish is juicy with a kiss of vanilla which makes me think this wine was designed and not grown.
Value: Its lush style will make it very appealing to a number of people and it does offer an enjoyable first step into the world of Pinot Noir and thus it offers pretty decent relative value to the other $14.99’ers out there.
Added Value: To me this is a wine designed to bring Pinot Noir to the masses. It is a crowd pleaser and if you are having a group of people over for an evening, this would work.
Service: No need to let this breathe, just twist the cap off and let it flow.
Grapes: Pinot Noir
Store Section: Chile
Appellation: Leyda Valley
Available: BC Liquor Stores, Cascadia Langford