We attended a tasting last month where the highlight of the night was a 7-year vertical of one of BC’s most celebrated red blends: Osoyoos Larose’s Le Grand Vin. Unfortunately, the tasting ended up being an anti-climactic car wreck of unbalanced wines that left us regretting the roughly $350 worth of wine on the table before us.
He says: It’s hard to find a good bottle of Bordeaux for $20, and this bottle might just be the answer.
She says: Overall a good value-for-money Bordeaux.
He says: A disappointingly unbalanced wine that looks good, smells nice, but tastes like shit.
She says: It’s not how you start but how you finish that counts…
She says: …had a much better balance on the flavour profile with juicy black fruit and hints of mineral, chocolate and almost a touch of saltiness.
He says: Highly recommended at this price point!
She says: Whilst this was my favourite wine of the tasting, it didn’t ‘wow’ me like it has on occasions past.
He says: There is depth and elegance to this wine, but it has yet to reach the complexity we find in Old World favorites, which is no surprise.
She says: More of a teddy bear than a black bear.
He says: I’d love to try this in a few years to see what secondary characteristics develop.
She says: The name, “Nota Bene,” is Latin for ‘note well’ or ‘take notice’, and I am not sure it quite lives up to its name.
He says: Don’t buy this wine.