Henry Yuen's Wine Picks

This week, a random assortment of wines from different countries, of different varietals and price points are chosen to illustrate the adage of “you pay for what you get”. Other than those premium wines in the collector’s category, most wines in general are priced according to quality. Yes, there are other affecting factors such as capital and production costs, reputation, awards, government regulations and various taxes, but in common markets, the price points of most wines are reflective of the quality as perceived by consumers.

 Puma 2015

A red wine from Chile’s central valley with very little information about the wine on the label other than stating it as a blend mostly of Cabernet Sauvignon with the rest being a local Chilean varietal seldom known outside of Chile called Pais. Priced at $6.99 at BC Liquor Store, this is a light to medium red with red fruit aroma, an unusual wet grass undertone and barnyard flavour. Cannot ask for more at $6.99 which is almost as cheap as those from the “make your own wine” kit. Decant for best result.

Tom Gore Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

This is a medium-bodied red dominated with Cabernet Sauvignon blended with Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Petit Syrah (90/4/3/2/1 ratio)  from Geyserville in the Sonoma wine region. Lots of dark fruit aroma and a dash of cedar on the backend. Flows of plum and dark berries with a hint of cocoa, a touch of smokiness and light tannins. A fruit forward wine but a bit short on the finish priced decently at $18.00.

George Wyndham Bin 444 Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 

This Australian wine heading into its 30th year of importation is doing very well in BC. The history of George Wyndham dates back to first planting in 1830 in the South Eastern Australia wine region. This is a medium to full-bodied red with lots of ripe red fruits and jammy plum aroma. On the palate, there is a dash of spices and herbs with a round cedar finish due to the appropriate French and American oak treatment. Great value for the price of $14.50.

Time Estate Winery Cabernet Franc 2014

One of Harry McWatters many projects that are very well received. The fruits are hand-picked from the Sundial Vineyard in the Black Sage Bench in Oliver, BC. Planted in 1993, there is adequate time for the vines to strengthen and produce robust fruits. A lovely BC style Cabernet Franc, this full-bodied red is lively with dark fruits and roasted prunes with a mild herbal note leading to firm tannins and balanced acidity. Can cellar for a few more years. A steal at $19.00 for BC VQA wine!