HNY BC, and a French Visitor

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Tasted December 31, 2020 by Vino Loco with 34 views

Introduction

Fully blind tasting, 2 hour decant on all wines, all 2016 vintages. In alphabetical order:

Burrowing Owl Meritage
Chateau La Vielle Cure
Noble Ridge Reserve Meritage
Road 13 Fifth Element

Flight 1 (4 notes)

Red
2016 Road 13 Fifth Element Jackpot Canada, British Columbia, Okanagan Valley, Okanagan Valley VQA
92 points
Fully blind tasting, 2 hour decant, all 2016 vintages.
- Burrowing Owl Meritage
- Chateau La Vielle Cure – aka the French ninja to keep people honest
- Noble Ridge Reserve Meritage
- Road 3 Fifth Element.

Burrowing Owl - was closed and clearly too young. No noticeable notes on the nose, and the finish was unmemorable – love Burrowing Owl wines and will look forward to this in another 3 to 5 years. Our French taster described it as being “écoeurante” – which she described as something that is okay as a sip, but not something you’d want a full bottle of. 44 CS, 30 M, 25 CF, 1 Malbec.
Chateau La Vielle Cure – performed well amongst the BC Meritages. Had a pleasant nose with a bit more bite. Very purple in colour, almost fake looking, but was still a very nice drinking wine. 87 M, 10 CF, 3 CS.
Noble Ridge – Blasé nose. Nothing memorable on the tasting notes. Was out of its league with the others, but improved over the evening. 59 M, 37 C, 2 CF, 2 Malbec
Road 13 5th Element – Prominent cherry notes. Big tannins that dissipated over the evening. A solid wine. 44 CS, 41 M, 15 PV.

Unofficial rankings:
1st place - Road 13 Fifth Element
2nd place - Cure
3rd - Burrowing Owl
4th Noble Ridge
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Red
2016 Château La Vieille Cure France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Fronsac
90 points
Fully blind tasting, 2 hour decant, all 2016 vintages.
- Burrowing Owl Meritage
- Chateau La Vielle Cure – aka the French ninja to keep people honest
- Noble Ridge Reserve Meritage
- Road 3 Fifth Element.

Burrowing Owl - was closed and clearly too young. No noticeable notes on the nose, and the finish was unmemorable – love Burrowing Owl wines and will look forward to this in another 3 to 5 years. Our French taster described it as being “écoeurante” – which she described as something that is okay as a sip, but not something you’d want a full bottle of. 44 CS, 30 M, 25 CF, 1 Malbec.
Chateau La Vielle Cure – performed well amongst the BC Meritages. Had a pleasant nose with a bit more bite. Very purple in colour, almost fake looking, but was still a very nice drinking wine. 87 M, 10 CF, 3 CS.
Noble Ridge – Blasé nose. Nothing memorable on the tasting notes. Was out of its league with the others, but improved over the evening. 59 M, 37 C, 2 CF, 2 Malbec
Road 13 5th Element – Prominent cherry notes. Big tannins that dissipated over the evening. A solid wine. 44 CS, 41 M, 15 PV.

Unofficial rankings:
1st place - Road 13 Fifth Element
2nd place - Cure
3rd - Burrowing Owl
4th Noble Ridge
1 person found this helpful Comment
Red
2016 Burrowing Owl Meritage Canada, British Columbia, Okanagan Valley, Okanagan Valley VQA
89 points
Fully blind tasting, 2 hour decant, all 2016 vintages.
- Burrowing Owl Meritage
- Chateau La Vielle Cure – aka the French ninja to keep people honest
- Noble Ridge Reserve Meritage
- Road 3 Fifth Element.

Burrowing Owl - was closed and clearly too young. No noticeable notes on the nose, and the finish was unmemorable – love Burrowing Owl wines and will look forward to this in another 3 to 5 years. Our French taster described it as being “écoeurante” – which she described as something that is okay as a sip, but not something you’d want a full bottle of. 44 CS, 30 M, 25 CF, 1 Malbec.
Chateau La Vielle Cure – performed well amongst the BC Meritages. Had a pleasant nose with a bit more bite. Very purple in colour, almost fake looking, but was still a very nice drinking wine. 87 M, 10 CF, 3 CS.
Noble Ridge – Blasé nose. Nothing memorable on the tasting notes. Was out of its league with the others, but improved over the evening. 59 M, 37 C, 2 CF, 2 Malbec
Road 13 5th Element – Prominent cherry notes. Big tannins that dissipated over the evening. A solid wine. 44 CS, 41 M, 15 PV.

Unofficial rankings:
1st place - Road 13 Fifth Element
2nd place - Cure
3rd - Burrowing Owl
4th Noble Ridge
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Red
2016 Noble Ridge Meritage Reserve Canada, British Columbia, Okanagan Valley, Okanagan Valley VQA
89 points
Fully blind tasting, 2 hour decant, all 2016 vintages.
- Burrowing Owl Meritage
- Chateau La Vielle Cure – aka the French ninja to keep people honest
- Noble Ridge Reserve Meritage
- Road 3 Fifth Element.

Burrowing Owl - was closed and clearly too young. No noticeable notes on the nose, and the finish was unmemorable – love Burrowing Owl wines and will look forward to this in another 3 to 5 years. Our French taster described it as being “écoeurante” – which she described as something that is okay as a sip, but not something you’d want a full bottle of. 44 CS, 30 M, 25 CF, 1 Malbec.
Chateau La Vielle Cure – performed well amongst the BC Meritages. Had a pleasant nose with a bit more bite. Very purple in colour, almost fake looking, but was still a very nice drinking wine. 87 M, 10 CF, 3 CS.
Noble Ridge – Blasé nose. Nothing memorable on the tasting notes. Was out of its league with the others, but improved over the evening. 59 M, 37 C, 2 CF, 2 Malbec
Road 13 5th Element – Prominent cherry notes. Big tannins that dissipated over the evening. A solid wine. 44 CS, 41 M, 15 PV.

Unofficial rankings:
1st place - Road 13 Fifth Element
2nd place - Cure
3rd - Burrowing Owl
4th Noble Ridge
1 person found this helpful Comments (1)
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