Tasting Notes for Canadian Chris

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Red
1/22/2009 - Canadian Chris wrote:
87 points
this is a sly one. i get some of the traditional nebbiolo nose - black tea, dried black cherries, hint of violet and some earthy undertones. I don't know how else to describe the nose but a little brash. Forward. Things get more interesting drinking - cherry and some almost blackberry flavours up front, a nice transition that makes me think a little of black licorice, and then very herbal tea-like flavours moving into the finish. Long finish grapey with herbal and almost floral notes. There's some heat in the back end that makes it feel a little disjointed, but it passes quickly. Overall this is a decent wine - for 18 bones I will pick up a couple more bottles.
Red
3/28/2008 - Canadian Chris wrote:
92 points
beautiful nose, classic tar & roses, plum and some mushroom and dried sage. Very elegant in the mouth, with some grippy tannins. Beatiful integration with cherry, dark fig, dark plum and prunes. Flavours carry through to a nice long finish. Beautiful wine.
Red
3/22/2008 - Canadian Chris wrote:
80 points
Dark crimson purple in colour. Nose is aromatically challenged - some graphite, asphalt and sprinkling of spices, clove, nutmeg. There's a very faint trace of sweet flowers on it - hiding in the background somewhere. Big wine in the mouth, far from elegant. Big baked red fruits, rhubarb, cherry, some cinnamon stick and then some big spiciness comes through together with the heat of alcohol. Midpalate is like chewing a hot spice cake - the finish is long and well integrated continuing on the jammy red fruits. big, ripe and spicy - if this is your thing this wine will work great for you it does it extremely well. For me, not elegant enough.
Red
2/21/2008 - Canadian Chris wrote:
89 points
colour: beautiful brilliant dark guarnet colour, with a coppery sheen
bouquet: strawberry rhubarb pie, with dark cherries, a hint of vanilla and mint. an earthy note I can't pin down adds a real depth to this nose that I am totally digging - like a freshly cut white mushroom.
in the mouth: unexpected weight. seems a bit hollow up front, but wow everything but the tip of my tongue is coated in plum (the meat of the plum right next to the skin). This is all over my mid palate, but the rest of my mouth is really left begging for more. Nice finish - really nice finish. I'm not sure I can really get into the flavours - plum and rhubarb up front, some black pepper comes in next. Some spice cake components on the finish, just a pleasant reminder of the 12.5% alcohol. Great acidity, well balanced wine.

after 45 mins in the decanter: amazing how the aromatics have changed in this little time. now I'm thinking cherry pie filling when I smell it. There's still a freshness to the nose, a hint of clove. Flavour profile is the same, I really dig the purity of the flavours in this wine, and the length of the finish.
Red
2/16/2008 - Canadian Chris wrote:
90 points
Blue fruit, black licorice and some floral notes on the nose. Alcohol was noticeable, medium acidity. Blue fruit and licorice in the flavour profile - long finish carrying these through.
Red
2/16/2008 - Canadian Chris wrote:
89 points
colour: dark crimson colour
on the nose: this is sexy. I mean SEXY. Plum, black licoricce, cinammon, some hints of strawberry, a beautiful floral component - sweet unbloomed carnations, and some other warm spicy notes. This is a sexy girl in a dark dance hall in a bright red dress. Beckoning, flashes of leg and teeth, sultry, sweet, elegant and more than a little spicy!! I've been smelling this wine for the last 5 minutes I think I could keep going on.
in the mouth: really elegant mouthfeel. silky smooth. plums first, then cinnamon stick, red cherry, unripe strawberries, black pepper, freeze-dried raspberries, and some green bell pepper. Tannins are very present, and I'm getting the sense of "round tannins". Not straightforward but they sneak up, show up, sneak away again. Nice balanced finish, very long with spicy and bell pepper notes carrying through. I'm left with a pleasant cherry and black pepper spicy finish, some clean bell pepper hanging out underneath. There's a savoury note carrying through from nose to finish that I can't quite peg. Ends up that I got up close to her, she looked better from across the bar, but we're still going to rip up the dance floor tonight!!
Red
2/16/2008 - Canadian Chris wrote:
89 points
colour: beautiful brilliant brick-red guarnet colour. Really striking.
bouquet: strawberries, spicy cinnamon incense, black cherries and bell peppers, and some old vegetable funk going on.
in the mouth: nice silky mouthfeel. dark cherries cherries, cracked pepper, black licorice (the real stuff!!)l. Finish is medium-long with cherries, clove returning, with cinnamon stick and pepper.
White
2/1/2008 - Canadian Chris wrote:
89 points
pop and pour
colour: light golden yellow - think butter bubbling in a saucepan
on the nose: before I swirl it, i get a snootful of cream. after the swirl, I'm getting soft, round, luxurious ripe fresh apricots and a little banana layered under honey, toasted almonds and cream. there's a bit of a floral note here I can't quite identify. I'm loving this nose.
on the palate: luxury is the continuing theme here - this is luscious. heavy, silky mouthfeel. hint of lemon peel to start, then honeyed apricots in cream. acidity kicks in, lemon rind and a hint of grapefruit and I realize there is some minerality. the finish is back into creamy butterscotch flavours that bring back honey, toasted almonds. I'm tasting this for a good 45 seconds after, and I'm left with a really pleasant mineral note, baguette crust and some pleasant fruity notes I can't quite get.

2/5 appearance +14/15 aroma +15/20 flavour/finish +7/10 aging potential
White
1/29/2008 - Canadian Chris wrote:
87 points
colour: golden yellow - apple juice kind of colour - watery miniscus 3
on the nose: sensuous bouquet of lemon rind, apricot, creamed honey and green apple. there is a floral scent I can't quite get, but this is a really amazing nose, I could smell it all day. 13
on the palate: a slash of acidity shows up first for me, followed by cacophony of fruit. ripe pears, green apples, lemon rind, dried apricot and banana chips. quickly followed by a light oaky creaminess. there's a great minerality underpinning a number of the flavours here, adding a really gorgeous complexity to the flavours. The finish is medium in length - the minerality leaps out in front here, then is slowly overtaken by the fruity components. Very nice. 14 Drinking well now, I'm sure this has a few more years left in it! 7 3+13+14+7
White
1/26/2008 - Canadian Chris wrote:
90 points
pop and pour:

colour: golden straw yellow.
on the nose: hint of lemon rind, lots of toasted almonds, and some rustic aromas - barnyardy kind of stuff that really has me intrigued. this is a very interesting nose. some honey here if I dig really deep, and some tertiary floral notes.
in the mouth: it starts with a rich creamy texture. heavy velvet that flows across you palate. toasted almonds come first, followed by some baguette crust for a second. then comes an explosion of honey candied lemon rind, dried apricot, some other citrus notes, almost tangerine-like - beautiful, honeyed and great. Definite minerality here - I'm thinking the tail end of water fresh from a creek. There's a creamy-ness here that is almost over the top, but the acidity cuts this richness just at the right point. The finish is great, I still have lemon rind and lime zest with some honey, tangerines and toast coasting on my palate. Really great. Bottle says under 14% alcohol, there's just enough heat here to notice. this is a great chardonnay.
Red
1/24/2008 - Canadian Chris wrote:
87 points
this is a solid bottle of wine. extremely fruity up front, a nice depth of flavour, and a little bit of backbone that I dig. Nice, solid glass of wine.
Red
1/24/2008 - Canadian Chris wrote:
91 points
pop and pour:

colour: dark ruby
on the nose: pretty tight pre-swirl - little cherry, a little spice (nutmeg?). A swirl opens up a sensuous set of dark cherry, some cardamom, pepper, hint of nutmeg, and some gamey notes of fresh red meat.
on the palate: big, beautiful, refreshing syrah. beautiful mouthfeel. It seduces my palate with red cherry, dark plum and blackberry; when I come back begging for more it gives me warm spice cake, a whiff white pepper. then it calls me a bad boy and spanks me with tannic structure. an elegant, mouth filling wine. Long, well balanced finish - starts with dark cherry, ripe dark plum and a hint of raspberry. Just when I thought it's done with me, this spicy warmth shows up in my mid palate, and i'm getting the spice cake again with some plum peelings and a tickle of blueberry. This is an interesting, complex, beautiful wine.
Red
1/23/2008 - Canadian Chris wrote:
88 points
pop and pour:

colour: dark purple crimson

on the nose: dusty cedar, blueberry, black cherry. after a couple of swirls, I get some game. Freshly dead game with blueberries and cherries, in an old dry cedar forest. Sprinkled with dried sage.

on the palate: nice weight and mouthfeel to this one. starts all blueberry and dark cherry, then turns distinctly jammy. Dark cherry preserve on the finish, little hollow in the mid palate, pepper, blackberry and then dark chocolate fruity/chalky ending

after 45 mins decanted: the dust and cedar has turned to sage and old leather. there is a lot more fruit on the nose - blackberry, dark cherry, and still some blueberry. This is still nice and weighty and silky. I really like the fruity attack of blueberry and cherry followed by an acidic pucker, cracked pepper, moving into a dark chocolaty finish. Nice wine.
Red
1/19/2008 - Canadian Chris wrote:
86 points
drank a few days ago, just catching up - lots of cherry on this one, plum. well balanced, pleasant wine I'd be more than happy to pair with food.
Red
1/15/2008 - Canadian Chris wrote:
82 points
dark purple colour. On the nose a lot of fruit - red cherry preserve, some raspberry, strawberry and a butterscotch-ee kind of smell. Almost an overripe fruit kind of sweetness to the nose. Very weighty, almost syrupy mouthfeel with lots of cherries, almost ripe strawberry, rhubarb, and then clove and nutmeg. The finish starts sweet and moves into a fresh out of the oven spice cake kind of profile which is nice. Fruit flavours a little over the top for me.
Red
1/15/2008 - Canadian Chris wrote:
85 points
crimson ruby colour. nose full of cherry, with some leather and muted spices. heavy, silky feeling in my mouth. Lots of red cherry, some clove and cinnamon in the end. Medium finish, carrying through the aforementioned flavours. A bit one dimensional for me, but decent effort.
Red
1/15/2008 - Canadian Chris wrote:
89 points
pop and pour:

on the nose: dusty old cedar, dark cherry preserve and old cinnamon sticks. with a couple of swirls i get some added leathery raspberry, and less of the dust.
colour: dark, inky purple, long legs
in the mouth: velvety mouthfeel, medium body. Immediately I get a minerality that I wasn't expecting. well water + black cherry, medium dark/milk chocolate and some red candy licorice. nice finish with the minerality carrying through, black cherry, richer, milkier chocolate, and some cinnamon sticks action. definitely some heat here in the back of my throat, but it's reasonable, marginally distracting.

after an hour in the decanter: Mouthfeel is silkier. Along with the original notes, strawberry is showing up on the nose, along with some garbage. For some reason, not so much of the minerality up front, lots of fruit. Still a well balanced package, decent finish. Still a bit of heat that bugs me at the tail end.
Rosé - Sparkling
1/13/2008 - Canadian Chris wrote:
88 points
Drank new year's eve, this was a great sparkler that paired extremely well with food. Drank through a cheese course and into a mixed green salad it was a perfect accompanyment.
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Red
1/11/2008 - Canadian Chris wrote:
92 points
mould on the top of the cork.

pop and pour:
bouquet: right out of the bottle a heavy cedar aroma on the nose. a swirl reveals some dark cherry, but mostly cedar and some tobacco. I also get an almost pine sol-ee kind of smell, with raspberry jam underneath it. It's a cleanup in aisle 3, please - mopping up raspberry jam with pine sol, with a cedar handle mop.
in the mouth: Really nice, polished mouthfeel - just shy of silk, great weight. The flavours are just awesome here. Some great acidity that's puckering my mouth, some good structure, but the tannins aren't overwhelming at all this wine is drinking great right now. Cassis, dark cherry, raspberry jam, some blueberry. Some of the pine sol taste as well, and a nice long integrated finish. finally get some of that sweet bitter tannin on the very end of the finish. awesome.

after 60 mins in the decanter: more integrated nose, but I still get a lot of cedar and pine. Less pine sol, more christmas pine needles. Nice mouthfeel still, it does feel lighter somehow. Still very polished, extremely well integrated. An bit of raisin and barnyard added to the tasting notes above, still great finish. Great wine.
Red
1/7/2008 - Canadian Chris wrote:
88 points
pop n pour:

colour: welchs grape juice. dark, purple, lighter miniscus.
bouquet: Nose full of dark plum, blueberry jam and blackcurrant, in that order. Some leather.
flavour: nice mouthfeel. surprising amount of structure here along with all the fruits - nice balance of acidity, fruit and tannic bitterness. Missing for me are the tobacco and cigar box, but it may be that this just needs some time to show it. Medium, pleasant finish.

I think this will age well. Great QPR, I'd be happy to serve this to friends and family.

after an hour decant: still lots of dark plum and cherry up front on the nose, more leather, tobacco and spice now. lots of fruit in my mouth, seems like more astringency now. Very juicy, little hollow in the mid palate, but overall nice flavours. I get more tobacco in the finish, which is still about medium in length.
Red
1/2/2008 - Canadian Chris wrote:
84 points
pop and pour:

nose: dark cherry, dried plum, some dark licorice, leather and cedar aromas. the nose is hot somehow, makes my mid-nose heat up.
colour: guarnet colour, pink watery miniscus.
flavour profile: fills my mouth to start and caspers out right away to a light fruity finish. seems like the flavours drop away, and some acidity lingers afterwards. not altogether unpleasant. mouthfeel is smooth but not special.

after an hour decant: leather, dark cherry, even some raspberry jam hiding if I look. Mouthfeel seems to have changed, it feels heavier, silkier, but the flavour profile is almost the same. starts really big with lots of dark fruit, dark cherry is the most prominent for me, some blackcurrants. Seems like the acidity is a little much, but is one of the only things that lights up my palate. Maybe my palate was messed up before, seems like a reasonably long finish with lots of fruit, and some sweet bitterness at the very very end, with a little blueberry jam. I've upped the rating from 80 from the first tasting, this is a reasonable effort - I'd decant it for an hour or two and not be ashamed to serve this for friends.
Red
1/2/2008 - Canadian Chris wrote:
78 points
pop and pour: pencil shavings and cedar. after a swirl, not much difference still lots of wood, maybe some tobacco ish notes.
sour cherry, faint cassis. hollow mid-palette. tastes like something is missing. finish is long, but it is all in the back of my throat. acidity seems off - it's tangy.

after an hour decanted: lost the fruity notes in the decanting - still a little on the nose, but this is a lot of tobacco, bell pepper with a hint of blackcurrent buried waaay beneath the surface. Finish is long and bitter - maybe this wine will get better with some time in the cellar.
Red
12/30/2007 - Canadian Chris wrote:
90 points
pop and pour: pre-swirl - light tobacco, some cedar. fruit already showing on the nose. black cherries and almost a blueberry jam, just not that sweet. after a couple of swirls, lots of leather coming out along with the fruits.
colour: inky purple, lighter purple miniscus
taste: very tannic, which draws from many of the other flavours for me. leather, cherry, some blackberry flavours. mouthfeel is difficult for me to discern because tannins dry up my mouth almost right away. tannins are sweet.

after 60 mins decanted: lots of fruit on the nose - cassis, black cherry, and some of the cedar and tobacco left. some dark chocolate notes. at the very end of the bouquet I get some old polished leather. on the palate, feeling much heavier and the sweet tannins are still there, but they don't dry up my tongue as soon as they touch down. I still taste sweet tannins first, but my mouth is filled with great flavours afterwards - tabacco, leather and then lots of dark fruits followed by that dark chocolate fruity aftertaste. black cherry, some blackberry and wood. long finish. at the very end of the finish I get some peppery-ness with some roasted coffee bean. To my untrained palate, seems like this needs some time in the bottle, there are a lot of bitter notes to the flavour profile which I think would mellow out in a few more months.
Red
12/29/2007 - Canadian Chris wrote:
90 points
pop and pour: right out of the bottle lots of cedar and tobacco. a LOT of cedar and tobacco. Some secondary aromas of fruit and smokey new shoe leather under there.

colour: dark ruby, pink-er miniscus.

after a couple of swirls: cedar and tobacco fade to background. I get blackcurrant and a sour cream kind of smell, followed quickly by dark cherry and more leather.

medium body, reasonably smooth mouthfeel. slow on the attack. upfront it seems a little hollow but there is a great complexity of flavours waiting to burst over the palate. acidity is just enough to put an interesting curl on the edge of my tongue. Finish is long and gorgeous - starts with some dark cherry and blackcurrent with this really great almost peppery raspberry type flavour in the back of my throat. The finish is at least a minute long, and really enjoyable.

After 45 mins decant time: cedar and tobacco are back, but they brought their fruity friends and a sprinkle of black pepper. all the aromas listed above, but now well integrated. on the palate, this is a very different wine. feels heavier to me, and a very velvety mouthfeel. along with the heavier feel, I get dark luxurious fruits - i'm imagining the dark cherry in a lounge suit sipping a martini - and a really really well balanced awesome bunch of fruit. Nothing crazy fruit bomb, just well integrated bunch of dark fruits. Acidity is bang on, the finish is still long and brings more tobacco-ee kind of tinge to the blackcurrent and dark cherries.
Red
12/28/2007 - Canadian Chris wrote:
87 points
nice ruby colour. very fruit forward nose, lots of dark fruit - blackberry, dark cherry, dried plum. As it opens in the glass more smoke appears. Medium on the palate, very crisp acidity that's almost overpowering - like biting into an unripe apple. Mellow on the initial attack, acidity hits then settles down to a fairly pleasant long finish full of sour cherry, and green strawberry. Drinking this with some smoked cheddar and oka which is working really well. Definitely a food wine, I wouldn't be ashamed to bring this to a wine and cheese or a meal with some lighter fare.
White - Off-dry
12/28/2007 - Canadian Chris wrote:
flawed
slightly corked, which spoiled a lot of the flavours. Looking forward to my other (hopefully) unspoiled bottles
Red
12/22/2007 - Canadian Chris wrote:
87 points
fresh from the bottle, bouquet of dark fruits - lots of blackberry, blueberry on the nose. inky blueberry colour. there's also a pharmaceutical component on the nose I can't identify. iodine maybe? light on the palate, lots of black fruit. missing some depth for my palate - can't quite explain, but it's got some heat to it at 15%, and the mid palate seems reasonable, but the rest of my mouth is empty after a few moments. Long finish but it seems totally in the middle of my tongue, and a little at the front.
White
12/22/2007 - Canadian Chris wrote:
90 points
much more approachable at this time than the old vines. fruity bouquet, nice on the palate. crisp acidity, short finish. great food wine.
White
12/20/2007 - Canadian Chris wrote:
89 points
decanted for about an hour. bright straw yellow colour. nose expresses grap-ee citrus aromas, with some tertiary floral notes. elegant, polished attack blossoming into a well balanced fruit - green apple with unripe strawberries, dried cranberry and some lemon rind. The finish is long, carrying the fruity notes through with some good acidity balancing out the creamy vanilla oak tannins. Great mouthfeel. I tasted this before the decanting, and the oakiness was a little out of control, this one definitely needs a little time to settle down.
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