Sunday, March 27, 2011

From Pillar to Post

If memory serves, something like 80% of wines purchased at the LCBO are uncorked within 20-60 minutes of purchase.

I didn't even need to uncork this screw-top Shiraz:
Pillar Box Reserve.  It was $20 in the vintages section, scoring 90 points from the   Wine Advocate and sitting right next to a $55 bottle with a score of 92. 

And it was poured within 40 minutes from shelf to table. Instant gratification.  "Pillar Box can be enjoyed in its youth, but will reward the patient." Definitely enjoyed sipping on this Friday and Saturday night.

Wine Advocate March 2010 
2008 Pillar Box Reserve Shiraz
90 Points
Purple– coloured, it delivers an alluring nose of cedar, lavender, pepper and blueberry. Concentrated and layered on the palate, it has more than ample succulent fruit, good balance and enough structure to ensure 4-5 years of pleasurable drinking.

Wine Spectator May 2010 
2008 Pillar Box Reserve Shiraz
87 Points

Ripe and spicy, with nutmeg and clove overtones to the dark berry flavors, lingering on the generous finish against slightly gritty tannins. Best from 2011 through 2015.


Kurt said...

Despite editing a lucrative international zine, I still have to keep my wine purchases under $12 (and usually less).

diane said...

yes but Kurt, I think you are in the States where wines are considerably cheaper