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White - Sparkling
N.V. Larmandier-Bernier Longitude Champagne Premier Cru Chardonnay
4/2/2019 - Wine Canuck wrote:
93 points
Love! This pours a medium straw with flecks of gold. The nose is rich and pleasing of barley sugar, fresh baked pastry, lemon confit, and chalk. Despite being a Blanc de Blancs, it leans to the richer side of things which I love. The palate has immaculate balance with medium acid and dosage and long finish build on fresh pastry notes. Gorgeous.
  • Wine Canuck commented:

    4/3/19, 10:05 AM - Wish I had! Was discount to $62 and I only bought two. This was my last sadly.

Red
2008 Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains
2/15/2019 - Dave Canada wrote:
94 points
Drank with Andrew, Greg and Joel in Garage at 342

PnP
Nose is so dark...black cherry, pomegranate, vanilla coke and stems...definitely pointing to Nuits St. Georges.
Palate is so pure and layered....such dense fruit....spice, flowers, cola, stems, ginger, sassafras, herbs and menthol. Complex....and ready to be held for the long term...20+ more years easy.
Finish is long...so much going on.

No rush on these...hold for 5 years at least.....10 if possible.
  • Wine Canuck commented:

    2/16/19, 3:01 AM - Nice!

Red
2011 Château des Tours Côtes du Rhône Red Rhone Blend
11/17/2018 - Eric Guido Likes this wine:
94 points
Another incredible performance from the 2011 Château des Tours Côtes du Rhône, with a wonderful bouquet of fresh ripe strawberry complemented by exotic florals, sweet-and-savory herbs, crushed seashell minerality, hints of rose, pepper and undergrowth. On the palate, it was wonderfully fresh, vibrant and fleshy, with silky textures contrasting zesty acidity, as sweet, floral-laced strawberry and spice swept across the senses with a hint of green stems, yet in the best possible way. The finish was long, as hints of mineral-soaked tannin tugged gently at the senses, while lingering cherry and strawberry tones, a twang of zesty acid, and wood smoke remained. What a gorgeous wine, and I'm so happy to have half a case left in the cellar.
  • Wine Canuck commented:

    11/19/18, 12:35 PM - Couldn't agree more.

Red
2013 Rhys Pinot Noir San Mateo County
11/18/2018 - Rieslingfan wrote:
Would it be uncool to say that this is my favorite Rhys wine? It’s not because it’s the best, but rather because it’s a fine example of the style, while showing more nuance and ultimately pleasure in an earlier drinking window. Fully integrated, red fruit dominated and showing just a hint of sneaky back end tannin, this is about as fun to drink as you can get. The balance indicates plenty of time to spare, but I have a hard time keeping my hands off of these.
  • Wine Canuck commented:

    11/19/18, 12:28 PM - Couldn't agree more! Always nice when your favorite is the cheapest.

Red
2007 Isole e Olena Cepparello Toscana IGT Sangiovese
9/11/2017 - sunnylea57 Likes this wine:
95 points
Stunning. Everything you'd want from Sangiovese: fresh, bright, focused, with lovely spiciness, but also superb depth and warmth. This wine was absolutely sparkling and vibrant. There's no rush to drink the 07s, but also no reason to wait. If you can find the 2007, buy it.
  • Wine Canuck commented:

    9/19/17, 2:27 PM - Helpful note, A. Glad I've got a couple but was thinking of waiting a few more years.

Red
2004 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
6/24/2017 - Wine Canuck wrote:
91 points
This showed nicely. It pours a bright, vibrant red with moderate bricking. The nose is subdued, eventually showing mild notes of red cherry, strawberry, coconut sunscreen, earth, orange peel, and vanilla. The palate features medium minus tannin, and elevated acid with an orange peel edge to it, keeping this so fresh and food friendly. Was a fantastic pairing with chorizo and octopus ragout.
  • Wine Canuck commented:

    6/25/17, 6:31 PM - Unfortunately no recipe but it was amazing. This was at a local restaurant.

Red
2011 Castellare di Castellina I Sodi di S. Niccolò Toscana IGT Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese
11/2/2015 - Wine Canuck wrote:
94 points
This is aromatically intense and immediately identifiable as Tuscan Sangiovese. Deep, rich and also so fresh. The nose is of cherry pit, saline/sweat, forest floor, leather, tobacco, red plums, brown spices, roast meats, sun-dried tomato, asphalt, hay, and the slightest hint of reduction that should dissipate with time. The palate has elevated tannin and acid, with a long, savoury, red fruited finish. Excellent wine and an excellent value when you consider it usually lands around $70.
  • Wine Canuck commented:

    10/13/16, 6:58 AM - Indeed you did. Thanks for the back-up mimik!

    I've tasted several of this producers wines from various vintages. I also really like old-world traditionally styled wine. I'm fairly tolerant of green aromas in my wine and yes I often get tobacco, leather, or mushroom in traditionally styled, savory wines. If this isn't your thing then move along and sick to California and Australia fruit bombs.

Red
2011 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée Red Rhone Blend
2/27/2016 - AllRed wrote:
87 points
Nonblind with dinner. Red fruit and herb notes with a dominant Pegau funk. Red berry and licorice flavors with spice and funk in spades. It's a bit much. The last few Pegau I have tasted, I've found the levels of funk/brett to be too much. It's one thing to have a funk, but this just isn't clean winemaking.
  • Wine Canuck commented:

    3/15/16, 5:44 AM - Darn! I quite enjoyed this when tasted at the Domaine in 2013. The funk was there but not too much of it. It's always hard to control in transit, so who knows. I still have hope for my bottles.

    PS - this is maybe the first time ever you and I haven't aligned closely on score.

Red
2010 Bosquet des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Chante Le Merle Vieilles Vignes Red Rhone Blend
2/20/2016 - AllRed wrote:
95 points
Courtesy of M/M Italian Wino, decanted ahead of time. Notes of cherry liqueur, black raspberry and licorice. Full-bodied with medium tannins and flavors of raspberry, pepper, spice and lush red fruit. Very well-balanced, with good fruit, acid and structure. I went in expecting not to like this as my palate does not typically align with Parker's and I find his higher-scoring CdPs quite overdone, but this was gorgeous. Obviously young, but drinking well with a healthy decant. 95-96 pts.
  • Wine Canuck commented:

    3/6/16, 6:12 AM - Great to know. there has been discussion about this wine on the WS boards so you should post this note on there. I have a couple and also feared I might not like them but because my palate is well aligned with yours I'm holding out hope.

Red
2004 Tenuta Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Poggio al Vento Sangiovese
2/6/2016 - Wine Canuck wrote:
Chris' Housewarming (Hamilton, ON): A good bottle, but at this stage it seems to be showing a fair bit of oak via coconut and suncreen. Also ripe dark cherry, leather, cassis, and blackberry. The palate is primal and tannic. I think we just caught this one in an awkward spot as I've loved this wine in the past.
  • Wine Canuck commented:

    2/8/16, 10:24 AM - I was really surprised given how much I've liked this in the past. If I had some like you I would pretty strongly recommend holding on to this one.

Red
2010 Castello di Neive Barbaresco Albesani Santo Stefano Nebbiolo
11/3/2014 - Wine Canuck wrote:
92 points
A Tasting of Wines From Italy (Roy Thompson Hall, Toronto, ON): Very classical leaning wine here with a lovely nose of dried orange peel, red lozenges, red currant, tar, perfume, cherry, hints of brown sugar and slight dried lemon peel note. Tannins, while big, come across more silky than the normal Barbaresco with high acid and a medium plus finish. Very nice.
  • Wine Canuck commented:

    12/26/15, 5:13 AM - Gad you liked this note, MissK. Of course the precise tasting notes are subjective and associative. My descriptors are pointing to some citrus being present (common in Nebbiolo) and the fruit profile being red with a very slightly candy/medicinal edge.

    Pairing wise, I think an ideal match would be Osso Bucco.

White - Sweet/Dessert
1997 Moulin Touchais Coteaux du Layon Chenin Blanc
1/17/2015 - Wine Canuck wrote:
93 points
Year 2 - Super Tasting 5 of 5 - Greg does the Loire (Greg's House): So much younger and more exuberant than the 1975 poured previously. The colour is a medium yellow gold. The nose is so complex of marmalade, pool toy note, mushroom, pine needles and mixed citrus. The palate is viscus and lovely with the residual sugar coming across as perceived between 100 - 150 g/l. The palate has beautiful marmalade and chamomile tea notes with a mineral finish. Pretty decent acid to boot. Some saw it as acid deficient, but compared to other late harvest styles I found it quite nice. This is in a really nice spot if you value freshness and bright citrus fruit.
  • Wine Canuck commented:

    11/20/15, 5:38 AM - @Poussin, I strangely actually don't mean the pool toy note in a bad way. I liken it to the high toned note you get from chlorine combined with a plastic toy you've just opened from a package. Not so much on the rubber/reduction side of things.

Red
2010 Bodegas Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Valbuena 5° Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo
10/29/2015 - Wine Canuck wrote:
Halpern Enterprises Portfolio Tasting (Toronto, ON): I really just found this too modern and over the top for me. The nose is of piña colada, coconut, powdered sugar, caramel macchiato, prunes and brandy.
  • Wine Canuck commented:

    11/20/15, 5:34 AM - @Buzzzzoff, I think the piña colada note is really just a reflection of the sweet fruit and the coconut impression that new, toasted american oak gives this wine. If I had some I would hold in hopes that it all integrates. I had a 1998 Valbuena recently that was getting there but not yet totally integrated. You may love it, but it's not really a style I seek out these days.

White
2007 Trimbach Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile Alsace
5/27/2015 - Wine Canuck wrote:
90 points
A Casual Wednesday in Toronto with the Toronto Cru (FWR, Toronto, ON): I wasn't terribly impressed with this, especially considering the price. It was clobbered by the previous wine in my opinion. Poured blind, several people didn't even guess Riesling. Maybe too young, but I'm just not sure it's my style. The nose wasn't very expressive even at varying temperatures and degrees of aeration. The mild nose is of lemon, lime, butter, wax and chalk. The palate is softer and more round. Totally dry, but lacking the quantity of linear acid of the previous. Even a bit a bit bitter and sour on the finish. One positive was a good deal of mineral on the finish. Admittedly this might have been caught in an awkward spot.
  • Wine Canuck commented:

    6/14/15, 12:32 PM - Agreed. A 90 was probably generous, but I gave it the benefit of the doubt. I was disappointed I bought this, but you have it worse with two more!

White
2012 Château Pégau Côtes du Rhône Blanc Cuvée Lône White Rhone Blend
6/11/2013 - Wine Canuck Likes this wine:
86 points
Visit to Domaine Pegau (Domain Pegau, Châteauneuf-du-Pape): Quite a typical and ordinary CdR Blanc. Clean nose of Lemon Rind and White Flowers. Good acid and a straightforward palate with a moderately short finish.
  • Wine Canuck commented:

    10/6/14, 6:44 AM - mulligan452,

    The owners of Domaine Pegau, the Férauds, bought an estate just outside the boundary of CdP and rebranded it to Chateau Pegau. Yes, because these will be CdRs instead of CdPs in theory the quality will be lower, as will the selling price, but the wines are in the same ownership and should be in the same style as the Domaine Pegau CdPs.

    I'm not really sure what your point is. If you look at my related event you'll see I visited Domaine Pegau and was poured the Domaine Pegau CdP blanc and the Chateau Pegau CdR blanc. Neither really impressed me, but I liked the (Domaine) CdP a bit better than the (Chateau) CdR.

Red
1994 Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains Red Bordeaux Blend
6/7/2014 - Wine Canuck wrote:
87 points
1994 California Cabernet Horizontal (Super Tasting Year 2, 3 of 5) (George Restaurant, Toronto, ON): (tasted single blind) This was the disappointment of the night. Nose was super clean and quite ripe even compared to the others. Nose of: blackberry, blueberry jam, prune, raisin, balsamic, brown sugar and graphite. Unfortunately it felt a bit like another "prototypical" Cali cab and was another candidate for one of the basic cabs like the regular Caymus or the Phelps. Given that there was some pruneyness this bottle almost felt like it was on the downslope, nearly heading over the hill. Due to the pedigree of this wine I would love to try it again some day as this showing was a disappointment.
  • Wine Canuck commented:

    6/26/14, 6:14 AM - Anything is possible, but it was purchased from the same auction lot as the other wines at this dinner and showed no physical signs of damage. In any case as mentioned in the note I would love to try another sample someday to give it another chance.

Red
2009 Château Sénéjac Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend
No formal notes, but: if you're curious about the differences between the 2009 and 2010 Bordeaux, grab one bottle each of the 2009 and 2010 Senejac, decant each of them for 4 hours, and have a glass. Then have a glass on day two. And on day three. It's amazing that this stuff comes from the same vineyard. Each of them is very good, very satisfying, and they are very different profiles. The other TNs here give you a good idea of what those profiles are, but Senejac is one of the only wines I can think of that you can compare vintages for about $60 and see such an extreme difference. I'm looking forward to seeing how they each taste in 5 and 10 years. I'm puzzled by why this is $35 and the 2010 is $20 -- I believe they are really similar in what they give you -- but even $35 is good QPR. Seriously, buy them both and leave notes when you taste.
  • Wine Canuck commented:

    6/19/14, 6:00 AM - FYI - Senejec has always been a sub-$20 wine. It shot up to $35+ due to Parker giving it a 93 point score. The 2010 received an 89 from him so pricing is back to normal in that vintage.

White - Sparkling
2009 Schramsberg Vineyards Blanc de Noirs Brut California Champagne Blend
4/7/2014 - Wine Canuck wrote:
91 points
California Wine Fair - Toronto, ON (Fairmont Royal York): Now we're getting into something interesting. Much more developed rich, and slightly funky aromas waft on first pour. Nose of fresh cut strawberry, brown spice, cantaloupe, coarse brown sugar, hints of butterscotch, and fresh cut red apple. Palate is again a tad sweet and seems to be 10+ g/l but with good balancing acid. Medium plus finish. I really like the style, but this arrives in Ontario at $54, so it's another one where you can do better in Champagne.
  • Wine Canuck commented:

    4/9/14, 5:39 AM - Thanks for the reply. Unfortunately it doesn't appear that Dosnon & Lepage makes it way up here. I'll have to seek it out next time I'm in the US or Europe.

White - Sparkling
2004 Bollinger Champagne La Grande Année Champagne Blend
1/6/2014 - Wine Canuck wrote:
94 points
LCBO Tasting Bar Sample. Drinking nicely though a bit young at this point. Nose blasts caramel apples, salted toffee, smoked salt, fresh baked brioche drizzled in honey, sugar soaked lemon peel, shortbread. Massively complex and rich. Palate as expected is more linear and acidic while also replaying rich notes and just right dosage. Excellent balance and long finish. Will age nicely and I anticipate it to peak in 6-8 years, though no harm in checking in on a bottle now. 94 today with upside potential.
  • Wine Canuck commented:

    1/7/14, 12:58 PM - Because the bottle was sealed inside of an enomatic wine preservation system I was not able to inspect it. I can only imagine it would be consistent with the bottles the LCBO (Ontario, Canada) released in December 2013 as part of it's 'classics' program, whatever that might be. This bottle was certainly showing well!

    I know we sometimes receive bottles that aren't quite as recently disgorged as Europe and the US due to our long product acquisition process so it's possible this is not as recently disgorged as a bottle recently acquired in Europe or the US, however this is all speculation. What I'm trying to say is that if you are in Europe or the US and you recently bought a bottle it may not show as well as this as there is a real likelihood that you may have a bottle that is more recently disgorged than the sample I tasted.

Red
2010 Mount Eden Vineyards Pinot Noir Santa Cruz Mountains
8/15/2013 - Wine Canuck Likes this wine:
94 points
5 Blind Pinots on a Thursday Night (Dave's House): (Blind Pinot #3) On first pour this wine had some dissolved Co2 which had us concerned it was flawed. After a few minutes in the glass however all of the Co2 dissipated and a stunning nose began to show itself. There is obvious stem inclusion in this wine, but it is very tastefully executed and suits the wine well. Nose features ash, loads of spice, plenty of red fruit; red currants, cherries, strawberries, pomegranate. It is so complex and has so much going on it almost overwhelms the senses. Palate is similar to wine #1 in the silk and length of finish, however I believe we all agreed this was clearly the wine of the flight with only #1 in the same ballpark as this. 94 Points and that is conservative.
  • Wine Canuck commented:

    10/10/13, 7:49 PM - It was a 2008 Rhys Family Farm

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