Gray Monk Odyssey III (Port-Style) (BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: [B-]

Odyssey III – Gray Monk Estate Winery – NV (solera process since 2005), 19.8% ABV, 500 ml., (Lake Country, BC, Canada) (*VQA BC wine)


printed on the back of the bottle:

“In the true family tradition of Gray Monk, Odyssey III signifies three generations of commitment to bringing the very best to your table.  Full bodied, rich and elegant flavours reminiscent of black cherry, raspberry and chocolate. This fortified red wine is equally delicious being served on its own, with Stilton and other blue cheeses or with full-flavoured fruit desserts.”

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  • Style: (Port / Port-Style) Fortified Wine
  • Taste: Tangy alcoholic cherry raspberry chocolate warmth tart
  • Where I got it : Liquor Barn, N. Burnaby
  • How much: $25 CAD (after 5% off) ($17.39 @Gray Monk online) – 500ml., January 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: nah
  • Would I recommend this to port wine aficionados: good flavour for a good price

Visual: (NV, cellared for 4 years). Pours dark magenta, slow runny legs.

Nose: cab sauv red wine, tingly-airy dark fruity alcoholic background, (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: immediate tangy alcohol hit, dark fruity tangy acidity

Mid-palate: woody black cherry, rich fruity (lvl-6-sweetness), raspberry, continued eau-de-vie alcohol

Finish: chocolate, soft tartness, alcohol heat/throat warmth, raisin exhale

Summary: All flavours as advertised, solid richness, solid drinkability. A tad watery in the entry, could use a bit more body in the mids.

Intrigue Riesling 2010 (Lake Country, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: C

Intrigue Riesling 2010, 12.5% ABV, 750ml, (Lake Country, BC, Canada)

on the back label:

“The RIESLING was grown in beautiful Lake Country on a west facing slope. The light crop load and intense summer heat allowed the aromas and flavours to concentrate in the berries. This wine has a very prominent CITRUS AROMA balanced with GRANNY SMITH APPLES and notes of classic PETROL. The fruit forward flavours are balanced with the bright acidity that will excite your palate. The richness that follows will leave your mouth watering.”

  • Style: Riesling
  • Taste Profile: super sour -> sweet/sour green apple/pear/sour & tart -> tangy/acidic sour/
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor
  • How much: $19 (after 10% off), May 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to white wine aficionados: no

Visual: Pours clear light golden yellow with watery legs.

Nose: green apple, minerality, mild tart/tangy apple juice, mild peach (5-aromatic strength)

Attack: overwhelming sourness(10)

Mid-palate: dense apple sweetness(6), medium tartness, (MAIN) green apple, (HINT) pear, petrol bitterness (!, really), apricot

Finish: persistent tanginess(7), acidic sourness(9), thickened saliva(5), lingering sour-tangy apple finish.

Summary: First initial sips are unbalanced and out of whack; The sourness is way too aggressive at first but you gradually get used to it. Decent flavour and body follow once you accept its extroverted nature. It’s not something I’d recommend but I’m glad I tried it anyway.(Note: all numbers above are on a 10-point scale, with 1 being weak and 10 being the strongest)