Last Friday night, we held our first Blind Wine Tasting and based on how popular it was, we think we’ll definitely do another one! These are the wines we sampled. No one got them all right, but there were a few good guessers in the crowd! 🙂 The most popular wine of the night was the MAN Vintners Pinotage, which no one could guess!
1. Lagaria Pinot Grigio 2009: Italian Pinot Grigio from the Veneto region. Tropical and fruity and very easy to drink.
2. Terra Andina Sauvignon Blanc Reserva 2008: Chilean Sauvignon Blanc that’s more full-bodied. Slight mineral aspects, but refreshing and crisp with hints of grapefruit and citrus.
3. Selbach Incline Riesling 2009: From one of Germany’s top producers, Johannes Selbach. From the Mosel, this Riesling is vibrant and fruity with bright acidity and and intense slate-driven minerality.
4. Chateau Pesquie 2009 Terrasses 90pts Parker. A French Cotes du Rhone (typically a Grenache-Syrah-Mouvedre blend) that tastes WAY more like a Chateauneuf du Pape. Licorice, black cherries, pepper. Structured and fresh.
5. Terra Andina Carmenere Reserva 2008: Chile’s famous grape varietal. Cinnamon spice that’s easy to drink and smooth on the palate.
6. Catcher Shiraz 2007: Australian Shiraz from the Margaret River region. Classic spice and pepper with well defined red and black fruits, softened by french oak aging.
7. Bogle Cabernet 2009: California Cabernet that’s rich and silky with cassis and black cherry.
8. MAN Vintners Pinotage 2009: 87pts Tanzer. Dark berries, plum and a whiff of woodsmoke on the nose. Silky and smooth with good intensity and dustings of tannins and chocolate.It is their “namesake” wine varietal, a Pinot Noir and Cinsault cross. Cinsault is often a blending grape, but is also seen frequently in Rose wines.