Tasting Notes for Canoehead

(252 notes on 187 wines)

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Red
10/14/2019 - Canoehead Likes this wine:
93 points
Needs 60-90 min decant. Pronounced nose of black fruits, stewed fig and touch of balsamic. Good medium plus body. The fruits carry thru on palate along with roast meat and dried herbs. Great concentration and fine tannins. Stellar wine.
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Red
10/3/2019 - Canoehead Likes this wine:
91 points
Still an adolescent with upside potential. Pronounced nose of black fruit, cracked pepper and smoked meat. Great weight for a lighter alcohol Syrah and pronounced acidity. Finish is medium length. Once acid settles in this could be excellent. Open another bottle in a couple of years.
Red
9/21/2019 - Canoehead Likes this wine:
93 points
Last bottle - similar impressions from previous TN. Well made Syrah.
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2014 Nk'mip Cellars Meritage Mer'r'iym Okanagan Valley VQA Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/4/2019 - Canoehead Likes this wine:
91 points
PnP’d but should have decanted. Still a bit young and a bit hot but the potential is promising. Once the nose gets past the alcohol there is concentrated black cherry and spice. Good medium plus body and loads of dark red fruit. Acid and alcohol are competing with fine chewy tannins. Will hold rest for another year or two.
Red
9/3/2019 - Canoehead Likes this wine:
92 points
Tasted alongside 2016 which was slightly more acidic & tannic but has the potential to evolve like the ‘15. This wine is in a great place right now - medium+ body, well-balanced, lingering finish. Perfect Pinot for the Fall.
Red
8/24/2019 - Canoehead Likes this wine:
91 points
This is finally coming around but not overwhelming/pronounced in either bouquet or palette. Good sturdy Rhone that served us well with slow braised pork ribs. Drink up.
Red
2015 Blind Creek Collective Consensus Similkameen Valley VQA Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/4/2019 - Canoehead Likes this wine:
93 points
This beauty had to follow a '02 Insignia and held up on most accounts - what it lacked in the Insignia's undeniable superb concentration and several more years of aged elegance it definitely made up for in massive depth of dark red and blue fruits combined with that Similkameen sage-like quality of dried herbs. Once the acidity falls back into the tannins and alcohol this is going to be a beauty in a few years.
Red
8/4/2019 - Canoehead Likes this wine:
93 points
This wine kicked off a dinner party full of big reds and grilled tomahawk ribeyes (with all the trimmings including roasted garlic mash, caramelized shallot jam, sautéed shrooms in a port reduction and elective toppings of Cambozola cheese). The nose on this beast was brilliant - stewed blueberries, balsamic, cigarbox. The palate almost matched the aromatics and the finish could have lingered longer but still a delight. It definitely won "Nose of the Night"... drink up!
Red
2008 Osoyoos Larose Le Grand Vin Okanagan Valley VQA Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/4/2019 - Canoehead Likes this wine:
92 points
Seriously closed off at first opening - one taster said it was like someone had swirled a sagebrush branch in some cold black tea. Not promising... and then 30-40 mins later this was back with such elegance and depth. Obviously not a cocktailing wine but a seriously good, old world style red that paired well with grilled tomahawk ribeyes. Stood up well next both to a '02 Insignia and a '08 Maestoso. A treat to share on BC Day Weekend.
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2002 Joseph Phelps Insignia Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/4/2019 - Canoehead Likes this wine:
98 points
Perfect condition right now. Part of a multi-Meritage dinner party (grilled Tomahawk ribeyes). This wine is all about depth, balance and concentration. Depth of both aromatics and on the palate through to the finish. It is extremely well-balanced for 15+ years in the bottle - nothing angular, nothing dominating - tannins seamlessly integrated with the acid, alcohol and tertiary fruit. Concentration on an elegant scale with rich layers of dark red fruits, mocha, spice, cedar, and those fine ripe tannins. One more bottle to go....
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Red
7/29/2019 - Canoehead wrote:
90 points
Tasted alongside a 2011 Black Hills Nota Bene. Decanted ~60 mins. The Tapestry had a sweet nose of bright red fruits and oaky vanilla. Sweet red fruit carried through on the tongue but has a cooked nature to it and the vanilla oak was almost cloying. The acid is dropping out of this wine. The tannins are fine but the finish was medium. Now, I believe other bottles are probably in better condition. The provenance and storage of this wine is questionable because we picked it up an airport wine shop (Edmonton). Could explain the cooked element and the acid falling out. We have a second bottle and will sample that in the coming weeks.
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2011 Black Hills Estate Nota Bene Okanagan Valley VQA Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/29/2019 - Canoehead Likes this wine:
92 points
Tasted alongside a 2011 Beaulieu Tapestry. The BH NB improved with a 60+ min decant. Firing on all cylinders - great aromas of dark red fruits, cocoa, and liquorice which followed through on the palate; medium+ body, good integration of fruit, tannin, acid, oak & alcohol. Unlike the Tapestry there was well-balanced acid. Paired with roast chicken and veggies. This is drinking well and should be fine for a few more years.
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Red
7/19/2019 - Canoehead Likes this wine:
94 points
Just entering it’s drinking window now. Massive bouquet of dark red fruit, mocha, roast meats and liquorice. Full body with great length. Terrific depth of flavours. Well made.
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Red
7/14/2019 - Canoehead wrote:
88 points
Hmmm, not what we were expecting based on price, provenance and past reviews. Tasted over two evenings. Decanted approx 90 mins. First sample: Alcohol dominated the nose. Lots of oaky vanilla with trace whiffs of dark red fruits. On the palate it is an out-of-balance pitched battle of alcohol, tannin and acid. Our conclusion was the wine must be backwards with the fruit in its dormancy. Last sample first evening did not improve. Capped the decanter and agreed to try it the following night. Second night assessment: alcohol was still dominant on the nose and the sweet vanilla spice was the major aroma characteristic. On the palate it was all tannin & acid. There was black cherry but it was more like a Jolly Rancher candy version than the depth of rich fruit flavour I would have expected. We’ll keep our last bottle for a few years and see if alchemy prevails.
Red
2013 Van Westen Vineyards Voluptuous Okanagan Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/9/2019 - Canoehead Likes this wine:
91 points
I agree with previous TN, this did take a little time to open up. Nose was initially mute and lacked vitality on the palate. However, less than an hour later this was a delightful wine. Sweet spice and dark red fruits on the nose. Luscious, elegant mouthfeel. Really well balanced. Paired with braised then bbq pork and rice pilaf.
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2015 Gold Hill Cabernet Merlot Okanagan Valley VQA Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/6/2019 - Canoehead Likes this wine:
90 points
Great value red from one of the hardest working wineries in the Okanagan. Very good balance for a fuller-bodied blend over-delivering on the palate. One of the faves of the 2018 wine club.
Red
2012 La Frenz Grand Total Reserve Okanagan Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/26/2019 - Canoehead Likes this wine:
91 points
while enjoyable, this 2012 was overshadowed by its younger sibling the 2014 at a roast lamb dinner. A little more old world with restrained fruit on both the nose and palate. Good integration of tannin, acid and alcohol but not as complex and rich as the 2014 GTR.
Red
2013 LaStella Fortissimo Okanagan Valley VQA SuperTuscan Blend (view label images)
6/22/2019 - Canoehead Likes this wine:
90 points
Starting to drop off in the mid-palate and the finish is much shorter than previous bottles. Time to drink up.
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Red
6/18/2019 - Canoehead Likes this wine:
93 points
Brilliant! Right in its drinking window. Peppery, meaty nose with savoury black fruits on the palate. Medium plus body. Good concentration & complexity.
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Red
6/17/2019 - Canoehead Likes this wine:
89 points
Fine weeknight Italian. A nice silky chassis to what could have been a textbook Chianti Classico style. More a food wine. Tomato-based pastas and antipasti.
Red
5/29/2019 - Canoehead Does not like this wine:
85 points
Too much oak and not enough stuffing to support it. Not well-balanced. Heavy on the MLF as well, very rounded with low acid. Too much intervention in the winery with what was probably underneath a basic field blend. In the future I recommend a name change from Hands of Time to "Hands Off This Time!"
Red
5/26/2019 - Canoehead Likes this wine:
91 points
A fine example of both the vintage potential and the winemaker skill. Pronounced bouquet of sweet dark red fruit, cedar, menthol and spice. Depth of fruit carries thru on the palate plus a good integration of fine tannins and sustained acidity. Not a long cellaring candidate. Would consume in next 2-4 years. A delight.
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Red
5/4/2019 - Canoehead wrote:
90 points
PnP’d - deep purple-black. Stewed blueberries & cherries on the nose with a sweet vanilla waft. Continues thru on the palate. Good weight, medium finish. Not a fruit bomb as expected but lacks the complexity expected at this price point (in B.C., equivalent to USD58 after taxes).
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2015 Burrowing Owl Meritage Okanagan Valley VQA Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/25/2019 - Canoehead Likes this wine:
91 points
Part of a four bottle blind tasting of 2015 BC Meritage blends. Several folks picked up on the Cab Franc component's bright greenness (in a good way) which paired well with some roasted lamb chops on offer. Very well made wine but was in the shadow of the evening's champ, Black Widow Hourglass. Other wines decanted and poured - Noble Ridge Reserve Meritage and CedarCreek Desert Ridge Meritage. All very good representations of a stellar vintage in the Valley.
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2015 Black Widow Winery Hourglass Okanagan Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/25/2019 - Canoehead Likes this wine:
93 points
Group favourite at a blind tasting of four 2015 BC Meritage blends. Pronounced nose of dark red fruits, vanilla spice and a slight waft of heat. Massive mouth filling waves of rich ripe fruit and fine, sturdy tannins. Layers of dried herbs, cedar and cocoa. Good long finish. Well-balanced and concentrated. Other '15 wines tasted and in order of preference - Noble Ridge Reserve Meritage, Burrowing Owl Meritage and CedarCreek Desert Ridge Meritage. All the wines were decanted for two hours and rated VG to Excellent but the Hourglass was the winner.
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Red
4/22/2019 - Canoehead wrote:
90 points
Hmmm, I was expecting something more compelling and complex. Wine is a bright ruby leaning towards garnet. Still primary red fruits and a little spice on the nose. Great mouthfeel and body but couldn't get past the residual sweetness. Almost cloying and masked the fruit and any depth or nuance. Not impressive.
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2013 Orofino Vineyards Red Bridge Red Okanagan Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
4/17/2019 - Canoehead Likes this wine:
91 points
Drank over three days. Really a delight. This has the stuffing to last another 4-5 years easy. Acidity, alcohol and tannins all in great balance. Layers of tertiary fruit and sweet spice. Very good value.
Red
4/17/2019 - Canoehead Likes this wine:
92 points
Decanted for one hour. Dark, extracted purple. Sweet, dark red fruits on the nose with a touch of spice and a bit of mint. Medium-plus body with lush fruit, cocoa, vanilla spice and some dried herbs. Very good balance with fine, ripe tannins. Medium+ finish. Well done.
Red
4/10/2019 - Canoehead Likes this wine:
92 points
Agree with Grape Ape TNs. This is a richer Bolgheri than most at this typically lower, more affordable price range. Terrific balance of both dark red and blue fruits. Lots of savoury elements in play; leather, tobacco, dried herbs and black licorice. Very good value.
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Red
4/8/2019 - Canoehead Likes this wine:
91 points
PnP but should have decanted for an hour. Needed some air, has some alcohol heat and a tannic bite. But really smoothed out in the next couple of pours. Lots of vanilla spice and baked cherry (clafoutis?) but all in balance.
Red
4/3/2019 - Canoehead Likes this wine:
92 points
Simply a delight. Massive nose of blue & black fruits, pancetta and dried herbs. Big & lush mouthfeel. Yes, there’s acid, thank god, we don’t need a treaclely sweet finish. Great stuff.
Red
3/29/2019 - Canoehead wrote:
88 points
I had expected a more complex and concentrated Syrah at this more premium price and packaging. Nose is a bit muted. The mid-palate is a bit thin. Better with food.
Red
3/27/2019 - Canoehead Likes this wine:
92 points
Really showing well now. Dark leathery fruit, peppery balsamic mouthfeel. A bit of cured meats and dried herbs. Terrific on its own but lifted by a good charcuterie plattter.
Red
3/15/2019 - Canoehead Likes this wine:
91 points
VG effort from Nk'Mip. PnP'd. Medum-plus bodied, great balance of ripe blue and black fruit, pepper, cured meat. Perfectly fine on its own but paired well with grilled rare steak, roasted fennel and crimini mushrooms. Has enough structure for 3-5 yrs more.
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Red
3/14/2019 - Canoehead Likes this wine:
91 points
Similar impact as previous TN. Still very young in its potential arc. Lots of rustic fruit and smoked meat. This will synthesize. The tannin, acidity & alcohol are in in good form. Open next bottle in 2020.
Red
3/13/2019 - Canoehead Likes this wine:
90 points
Inky purple black. Tarry, tertiary fruit nose. Dried and stewed dark fruits on the palate plus a touch of balsamic and vanilla. Acid is hanging in there but probably not for long. Drink up now. Worked well with braised and basted baby back ribs with medium heat.
Red
3/12/2019 - Canoehead Likes this wine:
93 points
Decanted for initial 90 mins. This is a powerful potent Syrah that is still in blocks. Alcohol on the nose and a bit of a burn on the finish. Dark blue and black fruits are present but restrained. Tannins are fine and drying. Acidity is under the surface but not acidic. Three hours later this is reminiscent of Pax and Saxum better efforts. There is also a polish to this wine, no doubt from the oak. Well made. Will be buying more.
Red
2013 Chappellet Mountain Cuvée Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/5/2019 - Canoehead Likes this wine:
91 points
Definitely peaking. Has moved into tertiary mode - nose reminded us of a Zinfandel dessert wine we recently sampled. Stewed and dried dark red fruits. Still some tannic structure and tangible acidity. Good length and some complexity. Drink up.
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2015 Noble Ridge Meritage Reserve Okanagan Valley VQA Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/3/2019 - Canoehead Likes this wine:
92 points
PNP, dark ruby in the glass. Aromatic spice and fruit. Definitely a little vanilla and tannic bite on the palate but the depth of dark red fruit and touch of herbaceousness are dominant. Really a delight. Med+ finish with a tad alcoholic heat but good concentration and complexity. Well done for CAD40.
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2009 Church & State Wines Quintessential Okanagan Valley VQA Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/24/2019 - Canoehead Likes this wine:
92 points
Part of three-bottle vertical of Church & State Quintessential (07/08/09). 2009 is just shaking off its training wheels. Junior version of the 2007. All the elements are there, it just to needs to progress more for the alcohol, chewy tannins and acidity to seamlessly integrate. Give this one a solid one hour, aggressive decant. Paired with grilled rare tomahawk steaks.
Red
2008 Church & State Wines Quintessential Okanagan Valley VQA Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/24/2019 - Canoehead Likes this wine:
90 points
Part of three-bottle vertical of Church & State Quintessential (07/08/09). 2008 is still young with more forward tannins and reserved fruit. Medium-plus body with darker red fruits and some vanilla spice. Colour is a bit tawny (brown-orange on the rim) and really coats the glass. A bit out of balance on its own but benefitted materially with proteins and fat. Paired with grilled rare tomahawk steaks.
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2007 Church & State Wines Quintessential Okanagan Valley VQA Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/24/2019 - Canoehead Likes this wine:
95 points
Part of three-bottle vertical of Church & State Quintessential (07/08/09). 2007 is at its perfect peak. Gorgeous medium-plus body with great complexity of tertiary flavours of dried cherry and plum, leather, spice and fine tannins and long finish. Well-balanced, good concentration and velvety mouthfeel. Paired with grilled rare tomahawk steaks. Top bottle for everyone at the tasting.
Red
2/21/2019 - Canoehead Likes this wine:
91 points
Similar TN as last summer. Very good value. Well-balanced and terrific with duck confit and Asian salad greens.
Red
2014 Denner Sacred Burro Paso Robles Willow Creek District Carignan (view label images)
2/18/2019 - Canoehead Likes this wine:
95 points
This is wine. This is very good wine. It’s not trying to be something from elsewhere. It’s not trying to be defined by its vinification. It’s not Oak and it’s not Jam. It represents where it comes from. What it’s made of rather than how it’s made. It’s components are in balance. It has fruit, tannins, acid, and alcohol and all seamlessly integrated. A delight to drink, savour and pair with simple fare. Tonight lamb stew from scratch. This is very good wine. Sacred? Maybe Ethereal. Burro? More like vigilant and persistent. This is wine.
Red
1/22/2019 - Canoehead Likes this wine:
91 points
Same initial off-putting nose that darrenv cites in his TN. Took a little while for the fruit, meat & pepper to surface. Still a youngun’ with good potential. Perfect with brisket and beans.
Red
1/18/2019 - Canoehead Does not like this wine:
80 points
Similar experience as previous TN. We waited several months to open this next bottle. This wine just never came around. Had a closed off nose and lacked fruit and acid. It began to sour within the second hour. Hard to determine the exact fault here but a consistently unenjoyable wine.
Red
2012 Vik Milla Cala Cachapoal Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/14/2019 - Canoehead Likes this wine:
89 points
No question this wine is enjoyable but once you apply the local price it is not a compelling value buy. Up here in Canuckistan, it’s the equivalent of USD47. It’s well-made, it was more enjoyable the next day but I fear it doesn’t have the legs for long life. This is made with a lot of oak and a melange of grapes. If you can find this closer to USD30 than it is pretty good. The hunt continues for very good Chilean QPR. At least up here in the quasi-monopoly liquor retail zone.
Red
2014 Burrowing Owl Meritage Okanagan Valley VQA Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/7/2019 - Canoehead Likes this wine:
88 points
Hmmm, not as exciting as it was at a tasting a few months prior. Seems a bit closed off in the fruit dept and therefore the oak is quite dominant. OK with some ageing potential but so much better value is out there from BC like the Fifth Element from Road 13 or the Hourglass from Black Widow.
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Red
2013 Black Widow Winery Hourglass Okanagan Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/30/2018 - Canoehead Likes this wine:
92 points
Very elegant Bordeaux blend. Tasted alongside the 2015 Hourglass over a roast prime rib dinner. Where the 2015 was fuller-bodied, fruit-forward and still a bit tannic the 2013 was medium-plus in body but fine integrated tannins in balance with evolving tertiary fruit. A delight.
Red
12/28/2018 - Canoehead Likes this wine:
91 points
Last bottle. Great value. Similar to previous TNs.
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