Tasting Notes for Wine Canuck

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Red
2/17/2020 - Wine Canuck wrote:
90 points
Followed over a few days. Pours very purple in the glass, just barely transparent to the core. The nose is firmly centered on the dark macerated fruit. Crushed blackberries, blueberry coulis, cassis, tar, roasted kale, and violets are augmented my faint wisps of cardamom and coriander sedd and crushed rock. The palate is firmly tannic, medium plus, with medium acid. There are vague similarities to the Northern Rhone here, but in a deeply fruited sense, not so much on the secondary aromas. This is quite youthful today and could pick up a point or two in time, though my personal preference would be for a touch less extraction.
Red
2/15/2020 - Wine Canuck wrote:
88 points
Pours deeply tinted in the glass, garnet. Just barely transparent at the core. The nose is lifted and unusual of musky perfume, plum jelly, red grape, a hint of spice, some dry gravelly notes, and green plant stems. The palate has very little tannin but high acid that is quite hard. Seemingly malic acid as it feels a bit green apple tinged. The finish is on plum jelly. Unusual, but nothing all that amazing.
Red
2/9/2020 - Wine Canuck wrote:
93 points
This was the surprise of the night for me. Ruby at the core with light bricking at the rim. The fabulous nose blasts spice box, sweet cedar, mulberries, charcoal, celery, machine oil, and even a touch of lemon peel. The palate has medium tannin and acid. Medium finish.
Red
2/9/2020 - Wine Canuck wrote:
91 points
From half bottle. This pours ours nice and light in the glass, totally transparent, crystal clear. This nose wafts red cherry, toasted cumin seed, dried lemon peel, dried red cherry, and dried strawberry. The palate retains at touch of low dusty tannin and medium acid. Elegant and pretty, but nothing profound or complex.
Red
2/9/2020 - Wine Canuck wrote:
90 points
From half bottle. This pours transparent with surprisingly only moderate bricking. Nose is mostly tertiary but still alive. Nose is of leather, old furniture, autumnal leaves, beef broth, a touch of dried dark cherry, and hints of black olive. The palate retains high acid, low dusty tannin, and a medium minus finish.
Red
1/23/2020 - Wine Canuck wrote:
93 points
This is in such a beautiful spot. The nose is generous featuring balsamic, brown sugar, dark cherry, red cherry, dry hay, porcini mushroom, and dried rosemary. Great structural balance; medium tannin and and medium plus acid, providing that lovely food friendly mouthfeel Brunello can do so well. Great food wine. Gorgeous.
Red
1/23/2020 - Wine Canuck wrote:
92 points
This is bottle was a dead ringer for old Bordeaux. The nose soars with tobacco leaf, charred green pepper, smoked meat, dark cherry, plum and old leather. The nose is a bit better than the palate, the palate being the only thing holding this back from another point for me. I'm finding the palate dominated by leathery notes. The acidity is fabulous, medium plus, with very light dusty tannin.
Red
2/10/2020 - Wine Canuck wrote:
91 points
This was a pleasant surprise. Quite classically styled Chinon. Pours youthfully dark in the glass with a touch of purple at the rim, opaque at the very core. The nose is lovely of black rasapberry, burlap, peanut shells, cedar, green bell pepper, crushed gravel, and cigar ash. The palate is well balanced with the dark sweet fruited entry and medium acid and medium tannin. Moderate finish replaying much of the nose. Quite nice.
Red
2/10/2020 - Wine Canuck wrote:
89 points
This pours transparent with medium bricking at the rim. The nose gently wafts autumn leaves, dark cherry, under ripe strawberrym grilled meat, cocoa powder, and a vague waft of cinnamon. Pretty classic Gevry note to this, but not terribly complex or aromatic. The palate has very high and hard acids, coupled with medium minus tannin. Quite difficult on the palate actually. I had much higher hopes for this bottle.
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Red
2/10/2020 - Wine Canuck wrote:
92 points
Quite liked this. Pours deep in the glass. Ruby at the core, some purple toward the rim, barely any bricking. 13% alcohol on the label. The nose is gorgeous of black cherry, blackberry, cassis, cigar wrapper, tobacco leaf, hay, and celery seed. The palate has light dusty tannin and low acid. Medium plus finish. This could pass for a ripe vintage Bordeaux.
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White
2/10/2020 - Wine Canuck wrote:
89 points
Pours rich straw yellow. Lifted nose shows cold cream, lemon, a touch of flint, toasted cashew, and a touch of oyster shell. The palate enters fairly viscous and sweet with and is cleaned out by nice acidity. Kind of a hypothetical blend between Chablis and the Côte d’Or.
Red
2/8/2020 - Wine Canuck wrote:
91 points
First bottle was clearly heat damaged. Second bottle totally different. Pours transparent, ruby to the core. Perhaps the faintest hint of bricking. The nose is fairly subdued today of wet soil, dark cherry, old furniture, moss, and not much else. The palate is still structured with medium plus tannin and medium minus acid. The finish shows some promise of whats to come with dark cherry and soil rounding things out. Giving this the benefit of the doubt at 91, despite seeming somewhat awkward today.
Red
2/8/2020 - Wine Canuck wrote:
92 points
Very impressive for its price point and drinking well already. Totally transparent with light flecks of purple. The nose is very expressive of red cherry, dark cherry, beetroot, matsutake mushroom, cardamom, thyme, and dried grapefruit slices. The palate has low dusty tannin and medium acid, finishing on a bitter herbal note I really like.
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White
2/8/2020 - Wine Canuck wrote:
91 points
Pours a medium straw yellow. The nose immediately leaps from the glass and has good complexity. Evidently showing notable reduction. The nose wafts struck match, flint, mint, candied lime peel, kaffir lime leaf, pear, and gravel pit. The palate is high acid, clean with very high acid, finishing on a slightly austere bitter lime pith note. Just a lovely wine.
White
2/8/2020 - Wine Canuck wrote:
90 points
Lovely little Chablis here, drinking well already today. The nose wafts up classic notes of spring flowers, sea spray, lemon, green apple, and cold cream. The palate has a lovely sweet entry and the requisite high acid to clean out the palate. A fabulous pairing with the with the seafood served.
Red
2/7/2020 - Wine Canuck wrote:
95 points
This was just lights out. From a perfect bottle. 12.3% alcohol noted on the label. Fairly high fill considering the age, and the color appears bright red through the bottle. It pours fantastically light in the glass with fairly heavy bricking. The nose absolutely explodes from the glass. It's totally kaleidoscopic with dozens of elements happening at the same time, totally alive and vibrant. The nose is of dried strawberry, cherry, grapefruit peel, dried orange peel, saline, rose petal, Ramen broth, soy sauce, nori, mushroom, ginger, star anise, charcoal, wood smoke, iron, and coriander seed. Needless to say wildly complex and totally fresh. The palate has zero remaining tannin but plenty of high red fruited and citrus tinged acid. The finish is long replaying the umami of the nose with broth, soy, ginger and orange peel. Just a spectacular wine. Shockingly nothing over the hill about this wine in any way. The high acid has clearly preserved it.
White - Sparkling
2/6/2020 - Wine Canuck wrote:
93 points
Just as good as ever. The nose is just lovely with toffee, dough, caramel apple, hazelnut, roasted almonds. Complex, classic and a mature style. Pitch perfect dosage/acid balance, inviting further sips. This is wonderful champagne. Really the only thing to lament is the increasing price point.
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Red
2/6/2020 - Wine Canuck wrote:
86 points
Transparent with notable purple and blue throughout. The nose is very reductive of purple licorice, blueberry, violets, and a whiff of alcohol (13.7% noted). The palate is tightly wound with firm medium plus tannin and medium acid. Not really my preferred style of pinot.
Red
2/6/2020 - Wine Canuck wrote:
91 points
This is clearly a wine that is not anything terribly special but where the best is made of the vintage. Pours light, totally transparent. Nose gently wafts red cherries, green beans, kale, potpourri, cranberry, integrating oak spice, and just a bit of forest undergrowth beginning to poke through. The palate has nicely balanced with medium minus acid and medium minus tannin. The finish is medium minus with sharp cranberry tinged acid and a touch of bitterness.
Red
2/4/2020 - Wine Canuck wrote:
92 points
Pours youthfully deep at the core, hints of rose and purple at the transparent rim. The nose is brooding of dark cherry, plum, strawberry, cigar box, grilled pork, just a touch of wine vinegar, cumin seed, and a subtle topnote of American oak vanilla. Rioja through and through. Clearly on the traditional side of things, but with relatively lush fruit, which is actually a fairly apt descriptor of the CVNE house style. The palate is wonderfully food friendly with elevated and sweet strawberry tinged acid and medium plus tannin. This wine is wonderful today, but if it's track record is any indicatioon this wine could easily go 50+ years and pick up a point of two.
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White
1/28/2020 - Wine Canuck wrote:
89 points
Fairly straightforward Muscadet. The low intensity nose shows white flowers, fresh apple, lemon, touches of wax and honey, and crushed rock. The palate is linear with elevated clean acid and and a medium finish.
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White
1/28/2020 - Wine Canuck wrote:
91 points
Impressive Chablis character for the money on this lowly village wine. The nose is immediately appealing and quite expressive with clear and distinct notes of oyster liquor, kiwi, pear, under ripe peach, egg yolk, yogurt, and a touch of flinty reduction. The palate has the requisite searingly high acid and an impressively lengthy finish replaying much of the nose including oyster, yogurt, under ripe peach, and pear. Gotta grab more of this.
Red
1/28/2020 - Wine Canuck wrote:
Very difficult to get a read on today. On day one the note is massively reduced making it impossible to detect anything pleasant. By day two the reduction is largely gone, but it's still fairly non-aromatic. The nose grudgingly shows tar, mixed berry fruit (blueberry, blackberry, cherry, strawberry), and some floral nuance. Not a whole lot else. Very ripe, though seemingly avoiding overt overripeness. The plate reveals more of what I presume is to come showing medium tannin and medium acid with a decently long finish replaying the cornucopia of fruit and just a touch of leather on the finish. If forced to score today this is probably only around a 89-90 for me, but there is some potential here. Could pick up a few points as it ages and unfurls.
Red
1/26/2020 - Wine Canuck wrote:
91 points
Thoroughly enjoyable, and up there with some of the best Bourgognes I've had. I've read this is 60% declassified Village fruit and 30% whole cluster, and it certainly rings true on tasting. 13.3% alcohol, and no pigeage. It pours very light ruby in the glass with rose toward the rim. The nose wafts cranberry, red cherry, spice, bay leaf, mint tea, fresh ginger, orange zest, fresh rose pedal and a whiff of new high quality french oak. A little reduced. The palate has medium minus tannin and medium plus acid with a medium plus finish.
Red
1/26/2020 - Wine Canuck wrote:
89 points
Pours youthfully ruby with just a hint of purple. Notably transparent to the core. 12.5% alcohol. Good young Northern Rhone typicity. The low intensity nose shows fresh blueberry, olive grove, black pepper, crushed granite, and the lightest touch of bacon. Certainly some reduction adding a bit of funk, which works in this example. The palate has light dusty tannin, high acid and light body, making this perfect for crushing with little contemplation. 24 hours later the secondary notes really came out emphasizing olive and pepper, improving this from 88 to 89 in my books.
Red
1/23/2020 - Wine Canuck wrote:
92 points
Very nice and youthful showing for this wine. As far as traditionally made cabs go this is more in the fruit forward category with fewer secondary and tertiary notes. The nose is of red cherry, dark cherry, plum, fresh black berry, mixed florals, and hints of sweet cedar. The appeal is high but not a massive amount of complexity. Lovely wine.
Red
1/23/2020 - Wine Canuck wrote:
94 points
The person who brought this wine said he had learned it was held back in foudre until two years ago when it was bottled, presumably to mark it's 40th birthday. I've never really heard of this practice in a dry red, but that didn't stop this wine from being spectacular and my WOTN. While the fruit is totally alive, as expected this is focused on the secondary and tertiary notes of dried orange peel, dried lemon peel, animal fur, cherry, cumin seed, white pepper, sassafras, dried cherries, and black licorice. The palate retains a touch of dusty tannin, elevated acid and replays black licorice, animal fur and spice on the lengthy finish. Gorgeous and nearly classic.
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White - Sparkling
1/24/2020 - Wine Canuck wrote:
93 points
My expectations for this were fairly high already, so while a lovely and enjoyable champagne I think I expected more. It pours a moderate straw yellow. There is a distinctness to the aromatics I've found on this cuvee in the past. I can best describe it as spiced apple and it's here in spades. The nose is of apple pie, cinnamon, pear, accented by hints of caramel sauce and mint. Not a ton of autolysis noted. The palate is just lovely. The high acidity this wine can show due to blocked malo isn't a problem and is balanced by well measured dosage (felt like a very reasonable 4 - 6 g/l). Apple and hints of caramel round out the moderate finish.
Red
1/19/2020 - Wine Canuck wrote:
93 points
Fuligni Vertical (Ancaster, ON): I really enjoy this profile. While some found it bretty and heavy handed, I enjoyed its traditional style. It pours notably darker than the three Fuligni wines poured earlier, yet with nice lightening toward the rim and a touch of bricking. The nose blasts notes of balsamic, salami, barnyard, dark cherry, plum, and forest floor. The palate is structured with excellent medium tannin and acid. Food friendly and poised to age well for years to come. Love it.
Red
1/19/2020 - Wine Canuck wrote:
89 points
Fuligni Vertical (Ancaster, ON): This pours lighter in color than the 06 and 07 poured next to it, fully transparent. The nose is difficult on this today showing notable reduction and green notes. Aromas of rubber, shrubby bushes, green tree leaves, red cherry, and plum round out the profile. Pleasant on it's own I'm sure, but on this night it was greatly outshone. The palate is more titanic than the 06 and 07 with noted astringency. Again a pleasant wine.
Red
1/19/2020 - Wine Canuck wrote:
91 points
Fuligni Vertical (Ancaster, ON): Interestingly this pours just a little lighter at the core than the 2006 poured next to it, with notably less bricking. Overall a tad tighter than the relatively open 2006. The nose grudgingly waftsvery pure notes of dray hay, red cherries, red plum, and tar. The palate is lovely with elevated acid and medium tannin. Nice wine!
Red
1/19/2020 - Wine Canuck wrote:
93 points
Fuligni Vertical (Ancaster, ON): Really beautiful wine done is the classic Fuligni style. It pours deep at the core, lightening toward the rim, just a touch of bricking. The Nose is lovely and open wafting dry hay, red cherries, brown sugar, spicebox, leather, roses, and black tea. The palate is refined and balanced with elevated red fruited acid and medium tannin. The finish is long replaying much of the nose. Lovely and food friendly, Fuligni's Normale is a really distinct style of Brunello, being so focused on the red fruit.
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Red
1/14/2020 - Wine Canuck wrote:
94 points
Quite a spectacular showing for this wine, in my view. It pours youthful, mostly transparent with just lightest hint of bricking. The nose is immediately powerful blasting just what I love in burgundy; cherries, cardamom, soil, moss, animal fur, and hints of soy and ginger. The palate is fairly low in tannin with excellent acid round out the medium plus finish. Just a lovely wine, showing so beautifully at this early stage of maturity.
Red
1/17/2020 - Wine Canuck wrote:
This pours a youthful right ruby red, totally transparent to the core. The nose is very powerful right from the initial pop and pour blasting fresh juicy cherries, pomegranate, raspberry, fresh roses, moss, sawdust, fresh split pine, some rubbery reduction, and just a touch of VA. The palate has high, juicy red fruit tinged acid which I find hugely appealing and medium tannin which replays some of the sawdust notes, transitioning to a finish where the oak plays a visible but not hugely distracting part. The fruit purity here is fabulous, however I which there was just a little less prominent new oak. Having said that I do believe most if not all of it will integrate over time. A tad hard to rate today, but I see 91-92 potential over time.
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Red
1/4/2020 - Wine Canuck wrote:
93 points
Very traditionally styled Merlot here from Arrowood. Pours ruby. Opaque at the core, light bricking and transparency at the rim. The nose is just lovely, giving a nod to Bordeaux. Nose of cigar box, gravel, charred green pepper, ash, dark cherry, plum, and forest undergrowth. The palate retains remarkably high acid, low tannin and a lovely finish replaying the nose. Love this!
Red
1/3/2020 - Wine Canuck wrote:
92 points
This wine pours just a shade darker than I usually associate with Nebbiolo, perhaps due to blending in a portion of vespolina, while bricking is moderate and perhaps a bit further along than I would anticipate. The nose also does not scream Nebbiolo to me, but I do like what it shows: leather, orange peel, star anise, dried cherry, rosemary, and balsamic (just a kiss of VA). Moderate intensity and more in the secondary and almost tertiary realm. The palate enters on beautiful red fruit, medium acid and medium minus tannin. Less tannin than I'd expect from Nebbiolo. If tasted blind I'd guess traditional tuscan sangiovese or perhaps traditional rioja (albeit without the American oak notes). Having said that I really quite enjoy this and am happy to have split a six pack. It does almost seem to be becoming a tad more youthful in the glass. 91-92, but I'll give it the benefit of the doubt.
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Red
12/26/2019 - Wine Canuck wrote:
92 points
This wine has a translucent ruby core with a transparent rim. No bricking. The nose gently wafts strawberry, dark cigar wrapper, cumin seed, animal fur, sage and a light top note of vanilla and coconut. The palate is well rounded with medium minus tannin and medium tannin. I had hoped for just a bit more complexity on the nose, but this is in a nice spot and will hang here for a while.
Red
12/26/2019 - Wine Canuck wrote:
92 points
Pours totally transparent orange tinged ruby with moderate bricking. The complex but only moderately intense nose wafts leather, spiced roast meat, dried orange peel, shrub, herbs, zucchini, dried strawberry and dried red cherry. The palate has just the slightest hint of dusty tannin and medium plus acid. The finish is quite nice, but just a bit clipped with a slightly bitter green and leathery note. I like this way more than what I've had from Beaucastel in 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, and 2006.
White
12/26/2019 - Wine Canuck wrote:
94 points
Fair to say this wine exceeded my already high expectations. It pours a light gold. The wildly complex nose offers up ripe pear, tangerine, cold cream, custard, parsley, oyster shell, old furniture, cantaloupe, mint, white flowers, and fresh peach. The palate retains high acid and a lightly viscous and honeyed mouthfeel. Finish is long on ripe pear, peach, oyster shell, and mint. Gorgeous reference point aged Chablis.
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White
12/26/2019 - Wine Canuck wrote:
91 points
Pours youthfully light straw yellow, with flecks of green. Thenose gently wafts sea spray, sand, lime peel, green apple, plan stem, pear, and toast. The palate is high acid, linear, and clean. Very nicely done. Not any kind of massive complexity today but thoroughly enjoyable and beautifully friendly with seafood.
Red
1996 Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
12/25/2019 - Wine Canuck wrote:
Tasted double blind, I guessed '98 Penfolds Grange. Mom's request for Christmas dinner. A little modern for my tastes but I actually enjoyed it more than I thought I would. Pours deep in color with virtually zero bricking. The nose wafts mint chocolate, blackcurrant jam, black cherry, eucalyptus, cedar, graphite, and just a touch of nose tingling alcohol. The palate is polished and lush with surprisingly high acid, and medium minus tannin. Finish is lengthy built on the wall of deep, rich fruit. Polished and enjoyable, if a tad monolithic.
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Red
12/17/2019 - Wine Canuck wrote:
87 points
Pours transparent a the rim, translucent at the core. Light bricking. The nose is of bourbon, vanilla, grapefruit zest, soil, thyme, sawdust, dark cherry, and plum. There are components to this wine I like, but there are components I disdain. The palate has medium plus tannin, medium acid and a finish that really strongly replays the bourbon note of the nose. The label says 13.5%, but it comes across to me as higher. Note really loving this profile. The bottle matches the profile; heavy handed. In particular the oak and alcohol are a bit too apparent to me.
Red
2017 Montesecano Pinot Noir Casablanca Valley
12/15/2019 - Wine Canuck wrote:
90 points
13.8% alcohol noted on the label. Pours ruby with flecks of purple, transparent at the rim, but translucent at the core. The nose is intensely floral with violet, rose petals, purple licorice, blue licorice, and a hint of mossy potting soil. The palate has medium tannin and medium acid replaying much of the nose. The finish has just a touch of chest warming alcohol noted. Nothing wrong with this and it's quite appealing, but not exactly my preferred style of Pinot Noir.
Red
12/12/2019 - Wine Canuck wrote:
90 points
Very light in color, clearly more pinot driven. The nose wafts fresh cut orange, gravel, bell pepper, herbal bitters, sour cherry, fresh blackberry, raspberry, asphalt, and a touch of clove. The palate is medium plus in acid and medium minus in tannin, finishing just a touch short and astringent, yet replying some of the citrus of the nose. Quite a pretty wine.
White - Sparkling
12/11/2019 - Wine Canuck wrote:
91 points
From 375ml bottle. March 2018 disgorgement. Code 141018. This is showing a both better than when I last had this cuvée around 6 or so years ago. The nose wafts appealing nose of toffee covered green apple, shortbread and white peach. Nice balance on the palate with moderate dosage (6 g/l) good acid and nice body, with fine bubbles. The finish is moderate replaying much of the nose. A very pleasant NV.
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Red
12/11/2019 - Wine Canuck wrote:
89 points
Pours a moderate, fully transparent ruby. The low intensity nose shows sour cherry, twigs, beet, and old wood. The palate is high in sour acid and medium minus in tannin. The finish is somewhat short. Nothing great nothing bad. Somewhat under delivers for the terroir.
White - Sparkling
12/10/2019 - Wine Canuck wrote:
Pours a light straw, vigorously effervescent. The nose combines Pinot richness with the linear roederer style. Youthful yet some decent complexity. The nose wafts slivered almond, pear, a hint of cherry, chalk, and white chocolate. Very low intensity and low autolysis. The palate is nicely balanced. Linear and clean. Not much richness, high acid and moderate dosage (perceived as 6-8g/l). Nice but not noteworthy.
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Red
12/8/2019 - Wine Canuck wrote:
95 points
Simply stunning. Very light in Color with light bricking at the rim. Wildly complex nose: charcoal, mesquite smoke, orange peel, star anise, incense, ginger, nori, miso, pomegranate, pickle brine, pipe tobacco ash, sweet cedar, and strawberry. The palate has zero remaining tannin, with elevated acid. Very savoury and complex, but not all that tertiary yet. Very long finish featuring grapefruit, nori, ginger and pomegranate. Absolutely killer!
Red
2003 Château Montrose St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/8/2019 - Wine Canuck wrote:
No bricking, ruby to the opaque core. The profile doesn’t show the heat of the vintage at all. Very well managed. The nose wafts complex and classic Bordeaux notes of celery seed, charcoal, red cherry, plum, gravel, graphite, leather, tobacco. Blind I actually thought this was a leaner vintage. The palate is still very well structured with medium plus tannin and acid. Medium finish replaying much of the nose. 13% alcohol.
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White
12/1/2019 - Wine Canuck wrote:
88 points
Popped, poured and followed over three hours. It pours light straw yellow in the glass. The nose is pleasant but restrained only really opening a little bit to reveal kiwi, green grape, the aroma of a damp forest, pine sap, cold cream, a hint or candy cane and a hint of matchstick. Overall a quite low intensity nose. The palate repeats the green fruit on entry with medium plus, slightly sour acid, finishing somewhat short. Nice wine, but not a great value at $46CAD.
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