Van Westen Voluptuous 2007


Classic, classic, classic.  If more meritage blends from BC were built this way, we would get a decent reputation for quality.

Here the problem!!    I recommend this wine, you go out and pick up a bottle or few and you take it home and drink it.  How many of you are going to hold onto this wine for the 5 plus years it needs to show even better?  The statistics say – very few of you.

The wine maker grew incredible fruit, oak aged the wine to give it structure and balance, and deep down knows it will show its best in the future.  Then you have this fundamental reality of business called cash flow.  Having already invested 2-3 years of inventory and production, the wine needs to start earning its keep.  As with the majority of the wineries in the world, very few have the financial capabilities to age their wines till perfection before releasing to the public.  Not to mention the winery would have to charge more for the wine to age it for you.

Here’s the incentive – my crystal ball tells me if you held this wine for at least 3 more years and opened it on a wonderful fall day in 2015 the wine would likely be rated 93+ points.  Would that convince you?

I preach understand your palate.  In other words discover what you like to drink, the more you ask “why” you like it, the more answers will help you define the wine styles you like best.


Morning Bay Riesling 2003

Not sure what to expect from a 9 year old riesling made from Morning Bay Winery located on Pender Island, with grapes coming from Orofino Vineyards in the Similkameen. While visiting the winery last summer, they had a few 2003 and 2004 Rieslings in their library section that couldn’t have been any worse than what we tasted in the tasting room so I grabbed one of each.  The 2004 also showed well, but the grapes came from Nk’Mip Vineyards that year.

I poured this wine blind to a bunch of wine geek friends and it was unanimous that this was an older germanic riesling.  Great petrol and mineral with still a glimmer of life left in the citrus core.  What impressed everyone was the long complex finish.  Layers of fruit with touches of oxidization and diesel all working wonderfully together, overall this is yet another great example that we drink our wines way too young!!