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Cana’s Feast Winery – 3-way Action – Review

By: Duane Pemberton
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While most wineries in the greater Willamette Valley are squarely focused in on Pinot and other great Oregon varietals, Canas Feast is trying its best to make good wines from many regions – namely Washington State fruit.

2009 Cana’s Feast Sangiovese – W.E.P. Rating: 60%

Technical Data:

  • Vintage: 2008
  • Varietal: Sangiovese Grosso
  • AVA: Columbia Valley
  • Vineyard: Ciel du Cheval
  • Harvest Date: 10/15 – 10/23/2008
  • Date Bottled: April 2010
  • Alcohol: 14.8%
  • Cases Produced: 249 Cases
  • Bottle Size: 750ml
  • Brix: 24.9°-25.4°
  • pH: 3.4
  • Total Acidity: 0.68g/L
  • Price: $45

Nose: Cocoa-crusted strawberries, with black pepper, G.I. Joe figurine, leather, tobacco and melted chocolate with a hint of vanilla.

Taste: Beaufiful flavors of strawberry and cherry pie filling coupled with chocolate and spice. Firm tannints and a decently acidic mid palate, however, the finish isn’t nearly as interesting as it should be given the fact that it’s a Sasngiovese. I miss the pepper actoin and the red fruit seems to dissapate far too quickly.

2008 Cana’s Feast Two Rivers Red – W.E.P. Rating; 80%

  • Vintage: 2008
  • Varietal: Bordeaux Blend
  • AVA: Columbia Valley
  • Vineyard: Coyote Canyon, Tapteil, Ciel du Cheval
  • Harvest Date: 09/14 – 10/09/2007
  • Date Bottled: August 2009
  • Alcohol: 15.3%
  • Price: $18

Nose: Strawberry patch, vanilla, leather, cherrywhip, tobacco and a nice hint of tar bubble.

Taste: A very new-world, fruit-driven table wine that I know will be adored by many but not those who prefer an old-world style. It has good body, mouthfeel and a pretty solid finish. It’s a bit heavy on the oak for my palate but I totally “get it” and would easily pound it all day long with pizza, hamburgers or even certain game dishes.

2009 Cana’s Feast Barbera – W.E.P. Rating: 100%

Technical Data:

  • Varietal: Barbera
  • AVA: Columbia Valley
  • Vineyard: Coyote Canyon
  • Harvest Date: 9/17/2009
  • Date Bottled: 6/15/2011
  • Alcohol: 13.9%
  • Cases Produced: 198 Cases
  • Bottle Size: 750ml
  • Brix: 25.0
  • pH: 3.37
  • Total Acidity: 0.80 g/100mL
  • Price: $22

Nose: Fresh strawberries, raspberries, white pepper, christmas spice, leather and chocolate shavings.

Taste: Peppered chocolate-covered strawberries with a hint of sour raspberry patch explode on the front in. I also get nice compliments of rhubarb, coffee bean, leather and spice. Good acids on the mid palate keep the wine tasting fresh over the course of the entire tasting. The finish lasts well – this is a great wine to pair with pizzas, veal or pasta.

  • Cana’s Feast Winery

    Thanks for the great write-up Duane! Glad you found the Barbera so drinkable, it’s one of our favorites too, showing lovely complexity and bursting with fruit and spice. Honestly though, we’re still talking about what GI Joe figurines smell like!!

  • Cana’s Feast Winery

    Also, I should add, the Two Rivers Red has wide distribution in the Washington area and should be easy for your readers to locate at their neighborhood wine shop/grocery store, where as the Barbera and Sangiovese might be easier to source directly from the winery.