Saturday, August 24, 2013

Everyone needs a little THERAPY.....

....and after today's tasting at Sardis Park VQA, my palate needs some too. Or some cleansing, at the very least.

Therapy Vineyards 2011 Alter Ego

Pinot Gris 45%
Sauvignon Blanc 40%
Chardonnay 5%
Viognier 10%

This elegant white blend starts with pleasant hints of coconut on the nose (and I love coconut), giving way to a palate of mild oak and fresh fruit. It has a pleasant enough finish, but at $23.98, I have a hard time recommending this one. There are better options out there.

Rating: 4.5/10

Therapy Vineyards 2011 Freudian Sip

One of the more cleverly named wines, a secret white blend starts with intriguing notes of tropical fruits which I couldn't totally identify (papaya??). The tropical fruits carry over to the palate, mingling with citrus and minerals. At $17.49, a better value than the above.

Rating: 5/10

Therapy Vineyards 2009 Pinot Noir

Faithful blog readers will know that Pinot Noir is my favorite grape, and when it's done well, there is nothing like it. Unfortunately when it's not done well, there is also nothing like it.

A rich deep red colour, with notes of black currants on the nose, this one starts well but finishes weak and flabby, and totally unimpressive. Without a doubt one of my least favorite BC Pinots ever.

Rating: 2/10

Therapy Vineyards 2008 Super Ego

A blend of the traditional 5 Bordeaux grapes, this one opens with a fruity, smoky nose. The palate is very complex, but it finishes with a bitterness that leaves a lingering aftertaste. This wine is meant to age, so perhaps that is the problem, but it's already 5 years old so I am not that hopeful. At $31.97, there are so many better options out there.

Rating: 4/10

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