Tasting Notes for geoffjb

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Red
Deep ruby with aromas of sawdust (maybe tobacco?), raspberry, and ripe tomato. This was full-bodied, star bright, and slightly sour. Raspberry, cherry, and oak on the palate. It coats the mouth and was very enjoyable. Definitely one to buy again.
Red
4/1/2019 - geoffjb wrote:
flawed
Not good. Very disappointed.
Red
3/28/2019 - geoffjb wrote:
Deep purple with aromas of green pepper, sour cherry, and strawberry. On the palate were cherry and green pepper. Medium-plus body and acidity. Fairly low tannins and a lengthy aftertaste. Would buy again.
Red
Deep purple with strong aromas of black cherry and black pepper. Full-bodied with black cherry, blackberry, and black pepper on the palate. The tannins were very smooth and it had a mild acidity that was just adequate. This was very good on its own and was a great QPR at $15.
Red
3/4/2019 - geoffjb wrote:
Medium ruby in colour, the aromas were very earthy. The wine was bold with medium-minus tannins and nice acidity. There was more fruit on the palate than the nose, with flavours of black cherry, raisins, and tobacco. The wine was okay but not good QPR at $40 CAD. I would not buy this again.
Red
2/25/2019 - geoffjb wrote:
Medium ruby with medium body, medium-minus tannins, and high acidity. Star bright with a beautiful colour. After enjoying a PN with subdued aromas the previous evening (See Ya Later PN), the aromas on this one were dominant, with oak and cherry coming through. On the palate were cherry and slate. On the first night, this had the mouthfeel of pop (almost like it was carbonated), which was not there on day 2.
Red
Medium ruby that's clear at the edges. The wine was star bright with medium body, medium-minus tannins, and medium-plus acidity. It had a very mild aroma that hinted at red currant and forest floor. Brown sugar came through as it warmed up. On the palate was red fruit, with oak coming through later. Very enjoyable and great QPR on this $15 Canadian PN from Costco.
Red - Sweet/Dessert
Pale garnet (almost brown) in colour, this cab franc icewine had a strong aroma of strawberry-rhubarb pie. Body and sweetness were both high, while tannins and acidity were low. Strawberry-rhubarb was the dominant flavour on the palate. This was enjoyable in a small 50 mL dose, and was delicious with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Red
Medium garnet in colour with orange at the edges. Aromas were predominantly earthy (soil) with hints at fruit including cherry and strawberry. Full-bodied with medium tannins and acidity—both perfectly balanced—there was tangy cherry, oak, and mushroom on the palate. The tannins were supportive and integrated and this is certainly ready to drink now. A very complex and enjoyable wine.
Red
2/18/2019 - geoffjb wrote:
flawed
I have to assume this wine is flawed, because although I can't pick out which flaw fits it best (TCA, oxidized, reduced, etc.), there's no way I can imagine anyone would call this desirable. Flavours and aromas are extremely muted, with just a hint of fruit.
Red
2014 Château Cantenac Sélection Madame St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
No aroma or flavour at all. This was an extreme disappointment and an incredible waste of money.
Red
2/3/2019 - geoffjb wrote:
Deep purple in colour with aromas of black cherry, oak, and strawberry. The body was bold with medium-plus tannins and acidity. On the palate were brown sugar and cherry. The tannins were in the gums and on the tongue, and were quite overwhelming. For this vintage, I felt that it needs more time. The wine is good but I felt the QPR was low.
White - Sweet/Dessert
Almost as thick as the syrup in a can of peaches. The aroma was of peach drink. A strong taste of pear with a very long aftertaste. This would be delicious with vanilla ice cream and some canned pears and peaches. I tried some Swiss cheese a few minutes after finishing this, and it's the Vidal that I taste afterward. Definitely one to buy again.
Red
Pale ruby and star bright with aromas of tart cherry, blueberry, red licorice, and wood. Tannins were quiet but supportive. This wine was a bit spicy, with cherry, cloves, and raspberry on the palate. We had some family over and this was enjoyed by all. Definitely one I would buy again.
White
Pale straw. Aromas of yellow apple and butter. Pear and lemon on the palate. It lacks acidity, making it very flabby. Like a Champagne that lost its bubbles, this won't be getting any better. Quite a let down. It does have a pretty nice finish.
Red
Deep purple with aromas of cherry, plum, strawberry, and brown sugar. Full-bodied with plum and pepper on the palate. It seemed a bit sweet but that may have just been the dominant presence of fruit. This went well with pot roast, but I found it to be too fruity with no complexity.
Red
Deep garnet with aromas of spice, dried strawberry, moss (mushroom?), and black cherry. Full-bodied with medium, integrated tannins and medium acidity that balanced well. This was very smooth with no single dominant fruit on the palate. It was very enjoyable with a finish that stretched out with spice and strawberry.
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Red
Deep ruby (a hint of purple) with aromas of pencil lead, blackberry, cedar, and black cherry. It was full-bodied with medium-high tannins and medium acidity that carried the flavours nicely. It was beautiful in the glass—like crystal. The tannins were a touch strong but it was very smooth with a long finish. The palate was complex and difficult for me to pin down. This was a very good deal at $30 CAD. A strong California Cab that I would recommend to all but the most monogamous of white wine drinkers. One to buy again.
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Red - Fortified
Deep amber (less red than the 10 year) with aromas of molasses, dried cherry, raisin, and tobacco. It was incredibly smooth—especially compared to the 10 year—with raisins, dried cherry, and chocolate on the palate. This port had a very nice finish and paired well with a Hawaiian chocolate coconut cookie.
Red
Deep purple with an aroma of fruit leather. The body was medium-bold with high tannins and acidity. For me, it was too grippy with not much taste. It was a bit savoury on the palate but had a very short finish. The grittiness at the end of the bottle sealed its fate—I didn't like it.
Red
1/12/2019 - geoffjb wrote:
Deep purple with aromas of stewed strawberry. This wine was medium-bodied with medium-low tannins and a strong fruit presence on the palate (mostly strawberry). There was a ton of sediment in the bottle. For me, this wine was average and forgettable.
Red
Medium garnet with aromas of cherry, smoke, and brown sugar. It smells sweet and rich. It was starbright and bone dry with medium body, medium tannins, and medium-high acidity. On the palate were cherry and wood, with a long finish. This was better on day 2 and was a great deal at under $15 CAD.
Red
1/8/2019 - geoffjb wrote:
Deep purple with aromas of cherry, bell pepper, oak, and brown sugar. Medium body, medium-low tannins, and medium-high acidity. The wine was tangy with raspberry and bell pepper on the palate. It lacked depth and the Carmenère adds a flavour some may not like. Overall I'm indifferent to this one: I would drink it if offered but I wouldn't buy it for more than $12 CAD.
Red
1/5/2019 - geoffjb wrote:
Deep ruby with aromas of cherry and smoke. It was very grippy in the mouth, needing time to decant. On the palate were ripe plum, oak, slight green pepper, balsamic vinegar, and notes of tar. This would be worth trying again as I think a few years (or a good decant) would have yielded something good. This is a great deal right now at Calgary Co-op in Alberta at <$20 CAD.
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White - Sparkling
Just the palest hint of straw in colour. There was a strong aroma of lychee. Light-bodied with high acidity and sweetness, the lychee was also strong on the palate. Refreshing and very enjoyable, this Moscato d'Asti is the best I've tried and very affordable at Costco at $13 CAD.
White - Sparkling
What a beautiful *pop* of the cork! This wine was pale good with beautiful and plentiful bubbles. It had high acidity and aromas of mild baby puke and peaches. On the palate it was flowery and included some citrus, pear, and yellow apple. It had a nice, long finish that included a bit of raisin. I would definitely buy this again.
Red
This deep ruby Bordeaux blend was on steep discount at Co-op this week. It's a bold wine with aromas of soil, mushrooms, and smoke. Tannins were medium to high and were all in the front of the mouth. There was very little (and indiscernible) fruit on the palate. This was what I'd expect from a ten-year-old Bordeaux blend. I look forward to enjoying the other bottle I bought of this in a few years.
White - Sparkling
This was a very pale straw (almost colourless) with aromas of pear, sweet peach, and lemon. Fairly high acidity balanced the sweetness well. It was refreshing and although there was fruit on the palate, it would have paired well with a lot of foods had we not burned through it so quickly. I would buy this again, and it was a great price at Costco for $14 CAD.
Red
A medium to deep ruby with aromas of smoke, molasses, brown sugar, and very slight bell pepper. It was medium to full-bodied with tannins that were perfectly balanced. Acidity was low to medium and was enough to keep it lively. I enjoyed this wine.
White
This medium yellow Chardonnay had aromas of butter, yellow apple, and pear. It was medium-full bodied and creamy, with medium acidity and a touch of sweetness. The fruit on the palate was difficult to pin down. This was not an exceptional Chardonnay, but at $8 CAD how can you go wrong?
Red
12/30/2018 - geoffjb wrote:
Deep ruby with orange at the edges. Aromas were earthy, with oak, tobacco, and tar coming through. This wine was full-bodied with medium-low acidity and tannins that stuck around on the tongue. This wine was not fruity and had lots of legs, with graphite and sawdust on the palate. This Bordeaux-style (plus Syrah) blend was enjoyable but isn't one I'd seek out unless it was on sale.
Red
I had high hopes for this Gamay, which I was so excited to find in Maui (my small town doesn't carry a 100% Gamay). It was medium purple with very weak aromas of strawberry and spice. It was light-bodied and bone dry with medium acidity and tannins that were too strong. It was starbright and looked great in the right light. Unfortunately, it was pretty to look at but not much else. I found it tasteless. Not one I would buy again.
White - Sparkling
A medium straw sparkling wine with aromas of lime and green apple. The bubbles can be felt popping and hitting the tip of your nose in the glass, like a freshly opened can of Coke. The body was light with high acidity balanced by a touch of sweetness. The wine had a nice tartness and was very refreshing. On the palate were lime and the bite of a grapefruit. It had a short finish and was not complex. Overall, it was delicious and would be nice on a hot summer day.
Red
This wine had an initial aroma of wet soil. It was a complex bouquet that reminded me of an amarone. Later I got cherry jam, rich caramel, licorice, smoke, and barbecued bell pepper. This was a complex, full-bodied wine with aromas and a palate that changed over time. Very good value at $20 CAD.
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Red
Deep purple with aromas of black currant, dry grass, raspberry, caramel, and pepper. This was full-bodied with medium tannins and fairly high acidity. On the palate were fresh cherry, raspberry, and spice. It was well-balanced with a nice, smooth finish. The blend was 79% zinfandel, 20% petite sirah, and 1% primitivo. (I'd love to know why they bother with the 1% primitivo.) This wine's complexity showed in a shift away from the fruity flavours over time. One to try again if it can be found on sale.
Fruit/Vegetable Wine
Medium ruby in colour. The initial aroma was not enjoyable, although that improved over time. I couldn't get much of an aroma beyond the black currant. The body was a bit thin with low tannins and high acidity. It was fairly sweet, puckering, and tangy, with no complexity beyond the one-dimensional fruit (black currant). The sour hits your lips first, then the sweetness. I found it a stretch to call this wine; it was more like a very tart lemonade. I would not seek this wine out again.
Red
This Mencía was a deep purple that glistened a beautiful Ferrari Red when the sun caught it just right. It had aromas of cherty, damp wood or forest, and pepper, with brown sugar dominating late in the glass. It was full-bodied with tannins that lingered. It was peppery with tart cherry on the palate. Although it wasn't complex, it left a long, sweet aftertaste that I enjoyed. It was very good for the $12 CAD price tag and would pair well with a nicely marbled steak. I would buy this again.
Red
Tasted alongside a Spanish Mencía (although the Mencía was ⅓ the price), this red blend was much smoother. It was a medium ruby with a dark core and slight orange toward the edges. There wasn't much on the nose—mostly ethanol—although blackberry and cherry came through later. It was full-bodied with smooth tannins and a moderate acidity. Blackberry and pepper were on the palate, with a long aftertaste of brown sugar and roasted coffee. In one word: smooth. It was enjoyed by everyone who tried it. Even at over $30 CAD, I would buy this again.
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Red
I looked back at my tasting note from Nov. 4 and laughed. I don't know if I had a different wine that time, had too many drinks, or if six weeks extra practice makes that much difference, but none of what I said for that bottle applied this time.

This wine was medium ruby with aromas of brown sugar and rich black cherry. It was a refreshing and pretty smell.

The wine was bone dry and bold with medium tannins. On the palate were brown sugar and black fruit. After two fairly poor experiences with Argentinian Cabernet Sauvignons (a Los Clop and a Finca Martha), this was very nice. It was worth the $19 CAD I paid on sale but probably not the $30 CAD it goes for normally.
Red
Medium ruby with light aromas of jammy raspberry and oak. It was bold with a medium finish, as well as great tang and kick in the mouth. Its most noticeable feature was just how beautiful it was in the glass. Although it competed with the teriyaki chicken I paired it with, it was enjoyable and very reasonable at $17 CAD. Definitely one I would buy again.
Red
Deep ruby with aromas of green pepper, brown sugar, black cherry, and freshly cut grass. This wine was bold and bone dry with fairly high tannins and medium acidity. On the palate were sweet cherry, brown sugar, and raisins. There was a nice balance between the tannins and acidity, with a bit of a kick and some warmth in the throat. This wine needed some time to air out, after which it was quite nice. Definitely one I would buy again, with for myself or as a gift to a Cab lover.
Red
2014 Tommasi Ripasso Valpolicella Ripasso della Valpolicella Classico Superiore Corvina Blend, Corvina (view label images)
I found aromas of sundried fruit, smoke, and caramel in this Ripasso. The colour was medium (almost deep) ruby with edges tempting orange. It was bold with a bit of tang and nice grip. No obvious fruit flavours stepped forward, but there were hints of ripe black fruit and smoke. It offered a long, enjoyable finish. This was a nice wine reminiscent of an Amarone at an affordable price. I would absolutely buy this again.
Red
2011 Château D'Argadens Bordeaux Supérieur Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
This was my first experience with a Bordeaux. It was deep ruby with a black core. Aromas of earthy, dry soil; dry moss; gravel; stale refrigerator; and black currant. It was very bold with high tannins that were grippy in the gums. The acidity seemed low, so it felt a bit flat. On the palate, I found black fruit and a hint of black pepper.

The mix is 63% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Cabernet Franc. It was very enjoyable and would go well with a marbled steak. I'm interested in tasting more Bordeaux wines even if my wallet isn't.
Red
12/4/2018 - geoffjb wrote:
This bone dry wine was deep ruby with aromas of green pepper. On the palate was black cherry. One to try again.
Red
Medium ruby in colour, there were aromas of cherry, green pepper, and black olive. Fairly full-bodied with a medium finish, this bone dry wine had raspberry and vanilla on the palate. It was fruity and simple, with tannins in the tongue that lasted about 8-10 seconds. It was easy to drink and would be a nice wine to serve to a group with differing tastes in wine. I would buy this wine again.
Red - Fortified
12/2/2018 - geoffjb wrote:
Medium tawny in colour (a beautiful peachy-brown) with aromas of molasses, smoke, and cherry cough syrup. Full-bodied with low tannins, this was very sweet (as one would expect) and reminded me of the syrup inside of a liqueur chocolate you might eat at Christmas. On the palate were molasses, licorice all-sorts, and cherry cough syrup. There was a dominant taste of raisins on the long finish. This was warm in the throat.

Certainly not my favourite but I can see its appeal. Next time I need to pair it with a sweet dessert.
Red
Medium purple with a dark core, the blend had aromas of brown sugar, balloons (rubber), and cherry. Medium-plus body with just a touch of astringency (medium-minus tannins) and thin, quick legs. Fairly high acidity balanced the wine nicely. It was a simple wine with consistent flavours of cherry and a long caramel aftertaste. It was a pleasant drink that I would buy again.
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Red
12/1/2018 - geoffjb wrote:
A medium ruby Merlot that was star bright with clear edges. Aromas included caramelized sugar and green bean. It had a medium body, which I found thin for a Merlot. The tannins were medium-minus and quick to dissipate. Acidity was medium-minus, which was acidic enough for balance. The wine had thick, slow legs (14% ABV) and was bone dry. It was a bit spicy on the palate, with plum being the dominant flavour. There was definite oak aging. Overall, this wine was thinner and lighter than I expected it to be. I prefer a fuller-bodied Merlot.
Red
This deep garnet Amarone had a slight orange tinge at its edges. Aromas included Brandy, rich caramelized sugar, chocolate, and strawberry licorice. The wine was bold with a *very* long finish. Tannins were medium-plus and the high alcohol (16%) gave it thick, slow legs. The wine was bone dry with medium-minus acidity. On the palate were cola, plastic, prunes, and brown sugar. It was warming and complex, with a changing palate over time. This wine was an experience. Well worth the price tag.
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White
Pale straw in colour, this crisp wine had aromas of sauerkraut, green olive, and lychee. It had a sweet and tangy medium-plus finish, which surprised me for a wine of light body. The medium-minus acidity was just enough to balance the sweetness. On the palate was lychee, with other flavours I couldn't discern. This wine paired well with spicy chicken breast. I imagine this would be a nice wine served chilled on a hot summer day.
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