Tasting Notes for geoffjb

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Red
2016 Black Hills Estate Nota Bene Okanagan Valley VQA Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/10/2019 - geoffjb Likes this wine:
92 points
After reading a number of great reviews of Nota Bene from Francois Le Mouel, I searched this out at Willow Park in Calgary (unfortunately, this is a wine that's better sought elsewhere, as I paid $68 at Willow Park but later found and bought another bottle at Zyn for $51).

This wine was deep purple with a reddish rim. It had aromas of raspberry, sour cherry, slate, and a hint of black pepper. The wine was dry with medium-intensity flavours of black cherry, oak, and a hint of molasses. Acidity and alcohol (13.5%) were medium with medium-minus tannins. The body was bold and finish was long.

This is a smooth New World wine done very well that's easy to sip with a delicious and complex finish. I imagine this would go exceptionally well with a grilled steak but I was perfectly content drinking this on its own. Probably worth the $68 CAD I paid for this bottle but a great QPR at $51 CAD. A no brainer to buy again. The currently listed community drink dates say this is best enjoyed from 2022-2027. I don't doubt this will get better over the next few years but I see no reason not to suggest this is drinkable now.
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Red
2006 Château de Villegeorge Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/10/2019 - geoffjb wrote:
80 points
A dull, deep ruby in colour with a garnet rim, this wine had aromas of black cherry and hints of brown sugar and soil. The wine was bone dry with medium-minus acidity, medium-plus tannins and alcohol, medium body, and a medium-plus finish. The intensity of aromas was promising but it fell flat on the palate: there was a fairly low intensity of flavours and both tannins and alcohol were disjointed. The flavours were blackberry, tomato, and bitter chocolate.

There was some sediment, as would be expected. This flabby wine was a bit of a miss. It was better on night one when it was first opened (this tasting note was on night three). It is certainly not worth the $49 CAD that was paid.
White - Sparkling
10/6/2019 - geoffjb Likes this wine:
89 points
Pale-to-medium gold with aromas of yellow apple and peach. Acidity was medium, alcohol was absent, and body was light. This wine was crisp with a medium finish. There was a complexity to the flavours, from peach, butter, and lime, at the start to honey and yeast as it warmed up and a hint of mango on the finish. This was one of the best sparkling wines I've had. Paired nicely with BBQ ribs.
Red
9/29/2019 - geoffjb Likes this wine:
90 points
Medium-to-deep ruby with a garnet rim. Low aromas of black licorice, mushroom, and jalapeno. Medium acidity and tannins with medium-plus alcohol. The wine was dry with bold body and a long finish. Flavours included tobacco, plum, raisin, leather, and cherry. This wine was smooth and had a nice, lingering finish. Very enjoyable.
Red
2014 Mission Hill Compendium Okanagan Valley VQA Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/22/2019 - geoffjb Likes this wine:
92 points
Deep ruby with a garnet rim, this wine had aromas of blackberry, tomato, mild black pepper, oak, leather, and chocolate. Acidity and tannins were medium and alcohol was absent, with bold body and a long finish. Flavours were of blueberry, leather, oak, and a hint of cola.

The oak and leather remain on the palate for 30 seconds or more. A developing complexity would give this a higher score. The tannins are nice but could stand to smooth out a bit. The wine was great now but is only going to improve over the next 2-5 years.
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White
9/22/2019 - geoffjb Does not like this wine:
82 points
This wine was bright and deep straw in colour with a thin clear rim. The smell was creamy, with low intensity aromas of lychee and butter. It smelled a bit herbaceous. Acidity was medium-plus and body was light, with a medium finish and flavours of tart green apple. The wine was overly acidic. Overall, this was too tart and out of balance for my tastes. It did lose its tartness over the length of the finish, which was nice. Not one I'd buy again.
Red
9/25/2019 - geoffjb wrote:
86 points
Deep ruby in colour, this wine is fruit-dominant with pronounced raspberry on the palate. Black pepper and oak are there, but they're mild. Acidity is medium and tannins are medium-plus, with most of the astringency in the gums. Body is bold and the finish is medium-plus. The flavour was predominantly blueberry although black pepper was there—weakly. The wine was a bit hot.

Overall, this was a bit too fruity with no earthiness of note. Black pepper barely comes through on the palate, which is surprising for a Syrah. This was a bit too simple for $45 CAD. This could stand to be cellared for a few years and it shows—I drank this too early. 2020 at the earliest but waiting a few more years wouldn't hurt.
White
9/20/2019 - geoffjb Likes this wine:
89 points
This wine was pale straw with a hint of green. Aromas were fairly pronounced of sweet lemon and mushy yellow apple. It was dry with medium acidity, light body, and medium-plus finish. Flavours were of yellow apple initially and shifted to nectarine over the length of the finish. No evidence of oak aging. This was a very good Pinot Blanc from Osoyoos that demonstrated complexity and balance. Great value from Costco at under $15 CAD.
White
9/20/2019 - geoffjb Likes this wine:
90 points
Medium straw and bright, with fairly pronounced aromas of canned peaches, yellow apple, and oranges. The wine was off-dry with medium-minus acidity, light body, and medium-plus finish. Flavours included peach, kiwi, pear, orange, and honeysuckle. At 83% Chenin Blanc and 17% Viognier, this wine was fresh and had great flavour. It went well with grilled cheese sandwiches and was an excellent value at under $15 CAD.
White
9/15/2019 - geoffjb Likes this wine:
92 points
Bright and pale yellow with a hint of green. Aromas of butter, yellow apple, and honeysuckle. Acidity was medium-minus and body was light. The finish was medium-plus, with flavours of pear and yellow apple. This wine was crisp and was delicious paired with pasta and scallops in cream sauce and Mont St. Benoit cheese. A nicely balanced wine with signs of MF and no obvious signs of oak aging.
Red
2015 Château Perron Lalande de Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/14/2019 - geoffjb Likes this wine:
91 points
At $45 I was upset to open this and get overwhelmingly funky aromas and flavours of barn yard. I was prepared for a Bordeaux to lean that way, but this was over the top. Not having much experience with Bordeaux or wine faults, I was planning to bring it to a wine shop for their input or even just dump it down the drain.

Well, three days later I opened the bottle back up and it was a whole new wine. Deep ruby with a slightly garnet rim, the wine had aromas of garrigue, plum, smoke, and very subtle barn yard. It was bone dry with medium acidity and tannins. Alcohol (13% ABV) was absent, body was bold, and the finish was long. This was a nice, smooth wine with flavours of black cherry and spice.
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Red
9/8/2019 - geoffjb Likes this wine:
89 points
This wine was a clear, deep purple right to the rim. Aromas included pronounced fruit—particularly blackberry—and chocolate. The wine had medium-minus acidity and tannins with bold body and a medium finish. Alcohol was largely absent, which was surprising at 14.5% ABV. Flavours were pronounced and included blackberry, a bit of forest floor, and cola. The wine was very smooth and easy to drink. It was good at the $36 CAD paid but would be a stretch at the normal sale price of $50.

Costco carries the Stag's Leap Artemis for around $70. If it's still available in October I'll give that a try.
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Red
9/2/2019 - geoffjb Likes this wine:
89 points
Medium ruby with a hint of purple. Strong aroma of smoke, along with black pepper, black cherry, and alcohol. Flavours of cedar, raisin, and brown sugar. Medium body and acidity with medium-plus tannins.

This was a perfect example of a wine opening up. On day 1, I was prepared to dump this, even after 3 hours. The notes above were from day 2.
Red
2016 Longhand Wines Merlot Cabernet Niagara Peninsula VQA Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/3/2019 - geoffjb wrote:
83 points
This is a bit too fruit forward for me, but at $17 or $18 CAD it's a decent wine. It is very fruity but with low tannins and medium(-) acidity, so I have doubts that time in the cellar would do it much good. This might be a good match for a lover of Lodi Zinfandel.
Red
8/29/2019 - geoffjb Does not like this wine:
84 points
This wine was deep ruby with aromas of burnt spice (toast, maybe?), green pepper, smoke, and oak. It had medium(+) tannins, medium acidity, and medium alcohol. On the palate were cedar and green pepper; fruit was there but it was difficult to pin down. Overall I wasn't a fan of this and would not buy it again.
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White
8/29/2019 - geoffjb Does not like this wine:
79 points
This wine was bright, medium yellow with a hint of green. It had no body at all with a nice, medium acidity and medium alcohol. There was no length of finish and it had the tanginess of an underripe apricot eaten off the tree. There was a slight creaminess to it. The wine had aromas of green pepper and cream and flavour of unripe peach.

This wine was missing depth of flavour. I would have preferred a cold glass of water.
Red
8/25/2019 - geoffjb wrote:
85 points
Purple in colour. A bit smokey, with aromas of blackberry. The smell of alcohol is apparent. Flavours of spice, blackberry, and oak. Pretty good QPR at $14 CAD.
Red
8/22/2019 - geoffjb Likes this wine:
89 points
This wine was medium ruby with aromas of ripe plum and a hint of caramel. The body was medium(+), tannins were medium(-), and acidity was medium. The wine was dry. Flavours included strawberry, black currant, some spice, and a hint of green pepper and oak. It has a nice acidity. This wine was well balanced and enjoyable, and continues to impress. At $22 CAD I will buy this again.
Red - Sweet/Dessert
8/18/2019 - geoffjb wrote:
86 points
This wine was medium ruby with a garnet rim. The smell resembled Taylor Fladgate 10-year tawny port, with aromas of cough syrup and raspberry. The wine was bold thanks to the high sugar content, with low tannins, medium(-) acidity, and medium alcohol. The wine was sweet. Tastes included maraschino cherry and molasses—like the inside of a chocolate-covered cherry. It had a fairly long finish.

I doubt I would buy this again, but it was certainly interesting.
White
8/20/2019 - geoffjb wrote:
83 points
This wine was pale straw with aromas of ripe yellow apple and boiled peach. The body was medium(+) with an oily feel and a long finish. Acidity was medium(-), alcohol was medium, and sweetness was off-dry. There were flavours of ripe pear. There was possible MF (it tasted a bit creamy or buttery), but I can't know for sure. It was a bit less acidic than I would have liked.
Red
2017 Mission Hill Reserve Red Meritage Okanagan Valley VQA Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/18/2019 - geoffjb wrote:
84 points
The Mission Hill Meritage was a medium-dark ruby with aromas of fresh cherries, caramel, raspberries, and candy. Body was medium(+), while acidity and tannins were medium(-). The alcohol was a bit hot at the start. The wine had a medium finish with flavours of oak. I feel there are many better options at this price point ($22 CAD at Costco).
Rosé
8/17/2019 - geoffjb Likes this wine:
88 points
The Tinhorn Creek rosé is 100% Cabernet Franc. It was a medium peach in colour with aromas of sweet fresh peaches and garden strawberries. It was light in body with medium(-) acidity. Alcohol was 13.5% and did not interfere. The wine was off-dry with flavours of watermelon and fresh strawberries. Watermelon dominated the finish, which was very long for a rosé. I would enjoy this wine again.
Red
2014 Clos de los Siete Valle de Uco Malbec Blend, Malbec (view label images)
8/15/2019 - geoffjb Likes this wine:
88 points
A family gathering featuring our good friend Malbec: This wine was clear and deep purple in colour, with a thin clear rim. On the nose it was clean, with aromas of blackberry, raspberry, and some spiciness. There were flavours of leather, black pepper, and minerality. Sweetness was low, acidity and tannins were medium(-), and alcohol and body were medium. The finish was medium and the wine stood out as being quite smooth. This is one I would buy again—especially to get it on sale for $18 CAD.
Red
8/15/2019 - geoffjb Likes this wine:
90 points
A family gathering featuring our good friend Malbec: The Altamira Malbec Reserve was clear and a very deep ruby in colour, with that intensity going right to the rim. On the nose, this was clean with a slight aroma of fresh raspberries. The wine had flavours of plum, cola, and blackberry. Acidity and tannins were medium(-), sweetness was low, and alcohol was medium. The body was full and the finish was long. This was a smooth, well-balanced wine. I would absolutely buy this again. Purchased on sale for $24 CAD.
Red
8/15/2019 - geoffjb Likes this wine:
89 points
A family gathering featuring our good friend Malbec: The Wapisa Malbec was clear with a very deep—almost black—colour somewhere between purple and ruby. The rim was pink with a very thin clear edge. The smell was clean, with medium intensity aromas of black pepper, black fruit, and vanilla. The wine was bone dry with medium tannins and alcohol, medium(+) acidity, and a medium(+) finish. It was fresh and crisp with flavours of cola and cherry. The Wapisa was incredibly unique and went well with extra old white cheddar. This is definitely one I would buy again. $25 CAD.
Red
8/15/2019 - geoffjb Likes this wine:
87 points
A family gathering featuring our good friend Malbec: This was our third wine of the night. After visiting Cahors, we took a detour through British Columbia, Canada. Although not typically known for Malbec, as Canadians we figured that the Okanagan needed to be represented. In the end, although it ranked 4th of 6 for the group, this Okanagan Malbec beat out both French Malbecs we tried. That said, it was also $8 and $12 more than the two French wines in our flight, so perhaps a pricier French Malbec would have fared better in our rankings.

The Bordertown Malbec was clear and a deep ruby with a clear rim. On the nose it was clean and low intensity, with aromas of rose stems, stuffy cabin, and later, green pepper. There were also sligh aromas of forest floor and leather. Flavours were clean and medium intensity, with oak, leather, and blackberry standing out. Sweetness was medium(-), acidity and tannins were medium, and the alcohol was absent. Body and finish were both medium(+). I would describe this wine as crisp and a bit spicy.

Overall, this was a good wine. It was tough to pin down a fruit flavour on the nose. Even at $27 CAD, I would buy this again.
Red
8/15/2019 - geoffjb wrote:
85 points
A family gathering featuring our good friend Malbec: Our second wine of the night stayed in Cahors but was nothing like the first. The wine was clear and deep in colour, but unlike the Seduction this one fell somewhere between purple and ruby. The rim exhibited the telltale magenta of a Malbec. On the nose, this wine was clean, with low intensity aromas of blackberry, plum, and brown sugar. The first thing we all noticed about this wine was how smooth it was—at least compared to the first wine of the night. The flavours were clean and medium intensity, with plum and brown sugar standing out. Sweetness was low, acidity and tannins were medium(-), and the alcohol was present. The body was medium and there was a medium finish.

The group agreed unanimously that this was a better representative for France than the first wine. I would buy this again.
Red
8/15/2019 - geoffjb Does not like this wine:
79 points
A family gathering featuring our good friend Malbec: What better place to start a tasting of Malbec wines than Cahors? Or so we thought. The Seduction didn't offer much to pull us in. It was clear and deep purple, with a clear rim. It smelled clean with medium aromas of seaweed and bing cherry. On the palate the wine was clean, with mild flavours of cherry, blackberry, tobacco, and oak. The wine had low sweetness, low tannins, medium(-) acidity, and no real presence of alcohol. The body was light—surprising for a Malbec—and it had a short finish. Despite the fairly low acidity, I would describe this as tart.

This wine improved slightly when tasted with some Gruyère, but it's not one I would buy again.
Rosé
2018 Mission Hill Rosé Reserve Okanagan Valley VQA Rosé Blend (view label images)
8/12/2019 - geoffjb Likes this wine:
90 points
How I've longed for a hot day to sit outside and enjoy this rosé ice cold, but lately it hasn't been in the cards. Instead, we enjoyed this Mission Hill Rosé on this grey Monday evening with a garden salad, some tortilla chips, and leek soup. It was served at about 11 or 12ºC (52–54ºF).

The wine looks pink and there is no sediment in the bottle. According to the Mission Hill website, the wine is comprised of Merlot (65%), Shiraz (27%), and Pinot Noir (8%). It smells like strawberry, peach, honeysuckle, and watermelon. It tastes like apple, peach, and raspberry, with a hint of lemon. After warming up a bit in the glass, it gained a slight flavour of honey. The body is light and it has a bright texture. The wine has a medium finish and medium acidity that puts it in a nice balance with the fruit. This may last another year, but why wait until next summer when you can enjoy this right now? This is the best rosé I've tried and is one I'll get again.
Red
8/11/2019 - geoffjb Likes this wine:
87 points
This is a blend of Shiraz, Merlot, Zinfandel, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Starbright and ruby, with garnet toward the edge and a clear rim. Aromas of oak, caramel, vanilla, black cherry, and a hint of whisky. Starts smooth with a nice astringency from oak. Flavours of caramel and whisky dominate, transitioning to Bing Cherry after a few moments. This could use another year or two, but was fairly well balanced overall. Good with steak or burgers.
Red
2015 Jim Barry The Barry Bros by Jim Barry Clare Valley Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
8/7/2019 - geoffjb Likes this wine:
90 points
The wine was ruby with a clear edge. Legs were thin and somewhat slow, with no sediment at all. Aromas included raspberry, black pepper, oak, and leather, with a hint of cherry. The wine was silky, body was medium+, and there was just enough acidity for a slight bite. Flavours included cherry, oak, and black pepper. There was a bit of astringency. I think this wine is drinking well right now. Certainly one I would buy again and good QPR at $27 CAD.
Red
8/1/2019 - geoffjb Likes this wine:
89 points
The wine appears dark ruby. The legs are slow and there is no sediment in the bottle. It smells like blueberry, stone, black pepper, soil, and tobacco. It tastes like forest floor, stone, and strawberry. The body is medium-full. The wine has bright texture, a medium-long finish, and medium acidity. I would have no hesitation buying this again.
Red
7/20/2019 - geoffjb Likes this wine:
91 points
There is no sediment in the bottle. It is garnet in colour and smells of prune, plum, mushroom, oak, stone, and honey. Flavours include blackberry, cherry, forest floor, oak, and molasses. The body is medium-full with a smooth texture and long finish. The wine has medium acidity and tannins. The wine seems ready to drink and could have only been improved with a perfectly barbecued steak. This is definitely one I'll buy again.
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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