Last Friday we hit the Wine Cellar for their regular Friday night tasting. We had missed the past couple of weeks, where we diverged from our regular Friday night routine. On the menu were wines from South America, from both Chile and Argentina.
1 – Casa Lapostolle Estate Bottled Sauvignon Blanc from Cachspoal Valley, Chile – This was a blend of Sauv Blanc and Semillion, I think the split was 70/30. Very nice floral nose with grapefruit and apricot, refreshing without being overly acidic. $10
2 – 2006 Terrazas de los Andes Malbec from Mendoa, Argentina (100% Malbec) – Intense blackberry on the nose, buttered toast and cedar notes along with more dark fruit dominated the flavor profile with nice dusty tannins. $11.95
3 – 2006 Casa Lapostolle Estate Bottled Merlot from Rapel Valley, Chile (100% Merlot) – Loads of thyme and cherry on the nose and a flavor profile that I could only describe as rustic. I struggled to find the words to describe the flavor profile and I still probably could tell you what I meant by rustic. Very dry finish – $16
4 – 2006 Casa Lapostolle Estate Bottle Cabernet Sauvignon Rapel Valley, Chile (85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Carmenere, 6% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc) – Beautiful nose of green bell pepper and raspberry with cassis and cedar box on the palate led to a great finish of cherry pie flavors. $16 (I think)
5 – 2005 Trivento Golden Reserve Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina – Cedar again on the aroma combined with oak and black berry, black cherry and Whoppers (the candy) dominating in the mouth. A bit too much oak for me. $18.95
All in all a great tasting from our friends South of the border. My only wish is that it would have been with some obscure wineries and not the ones that are always “popular”. It is nice to find the diamonds in the rough sometimes at tastings such as these and fall in love with a new wine or winery that you have never heard of before.
This week Jeff goes to France with the following selections
1. CAVE PRISSE SAINT-VERAN WHITE BURGUNDY $16.45
2. RAPET PERE & FILS BOURGOGNE ALIGOTE $15.95
3. DOMAINE DE BOISSIEU BEAUJOLAIS-VILLAGES $14.95
4. FERRATON PERE & FILS CROZES-HERMITAGE $18.95
5. CHATEAU BELLEVUE PEYCHARNEAU BORDEAUX $17.95
It will be fun and FREE as always, see you there from 5:00 to 8:00.