Had a Glass: 2010 Elephant Hill Pinot Noir


He says: This is a solid Pinot Noir, but would it be worth the $40-50 CAD it’d be priced at in BC? Probably not.

She says: For me, this was a disappointment, especially at the £20 price tag.

2008 Louis Jadot Pinot Noir Bourgogne Couvent des Jacobins


He says: Simple, boring, and a short finish. Damn, this sucked.

She says: A most uninspiring wine not worthy of its $27 price tag.

2008 Oyster Bay Pinot Noir


She says: Having been unimpressed with other Malborough Pinot Noir I’ve tasted, this wine proved to me that they can deliver on this finicky variety.

He says: At an informal blind tasting we attended of 7 different Pinot Noirs between $25 & $70, this one took first place in our books. Enough said.

2006 Blue Mountain Pinot Noir


She says: This wine took us by surprise and stood up well beside examples from around the world.

He says: It’s drinking beautifully right now, showing a lot of meatiness and intensity on the nose, with sour cherry and herbaceousness on the palate.

2007 Andrew Rich Pinot Noir Cuvée B


He says: A well-balanced wine that I will definitely re-buy in a better vintage to drink again.

She says: Having been impressed in the past by Andrew Rich wines, it was a pleasant surprise to see this unveiled after the tasting.

2007 Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir


He says: It was a bad year for Oregon, hit by heavy rains at harvest, and yes, 2007 Oregonian Pinot Noir is an expensive lesson we won’t soon forget.

She says: With high expectations this rather simple palate failed to deliver.

2005 Le Vieux Pin Pinot Noir Belle


She says: When it comes to Pinot Noir I generally have very expensive taste, even among New World examples. This did not hold true when it came to the Le Vieux Pin Belle with it’s $45 price tag.

He says: The bouquet shows promise, but on the palate, it’s an oaky, tannic mess with dead, thin fruit, belittling the elegance of what a Pinot Noir is supposed to be.

Wine truths

“Can't we just get rid of wine lists? Do we really have to be reminded every time we go out to a nice restaurant that we have no idea what we are doing? Why don't they just give us a trigonometry quiz with the menu?”
by Jerry Seinfeld

Wine Ratings

★☆☆☆☆ - Poor quality. Avoid. Save your money. Between 80-84 points.

★★☆☆☆ - Average quality or poor value. Between 84-88 points. Some expensive wines are downgraded for bad value.

★★★☆☆ - Good. Between 88-92 points. Or a good value on the lower end of the point scale.

★★★☆☆ - Excellent quality. Between 92-96 points. Or a cheap yet good quality wine which is excellent value.

★★★☆☆ - Outstanding, best examples in the world. Between 96 and 100 points. A perfect wine.