I alluded earlier this week that my take on the 4 wines Gary Vaynerchuk tasted out at the Boston Book Signing/Wine Tasting event (to air tomorrow, June 26) was a bit different than Gary's. This doesn't mean either Gary or I is "right" or "wrong". Wine Tasting is an individual sensory experience so much so that there are no strike outs in Wine Tasting. Rather... this is where the fun truly begins! I've decided to post my own tasting notes for the wines at the event for the sake of helping any skeptical readers embrace this idea. If you weren't able to attend, I hope you've had enough time to go out and purchase/taste the wines for yourself! If not, I encourage you to do so and then return for a little look-see at what I have to say about them.
For those of you who just can't help yourself and want a preview of my own insights, I've composed my notes with a touch of flourish - much like you might see on a "shelf talker" or on the back of the bottle. And I think it is worth restating that for me, the context of the wine really matters. Knowing more about the "behind the scenes" of where/why/how (etc.) the wines were produced influences my appreciation of them.
So without further ado...
2007 Vina Aljibes White
Albacete, Spain (Castilla la Mancha)
This delightfully surprising wine is a luscious blend of Sauvignon Blanc (84%) and Chardonnay (14%). In the glass it is a light golden color and offers an intriguing bouquet of creamsicles. On the palate the Chardonnay blend contributes creamy, almond flavors while its greater partner, Sauvignon Blanc, offers refreshingly crisp, citrus fruit. Easily enjoyed on its own, the Aljibes white’s fruitiness, medium-full body and mouthwatering acidity also makes it a food-friendly selection. Pair with poultry, fish or grilled veggies seasoned with olive oil, garlic and lemon.
2007 Vina Aljibes Rosé
Albacete, Spain (Castilla la Mancha)
The Aljibes rosé is made from 100% Syrah grapes, not Granacha like many of its counterparts throughout Spain. It is made from free run juice that only sees three hours of skin contact. Immediately you notice the watermelon jolly rancher color of the wine and are intrigued by its earthy, rosy nose. Ripe strawberry fruit and subtle dry tannins grace the mid-palate. A lively, juicy finish completes this wine’s symphony. The Aljibes rosé pairs with just about any dish you can imagine and could very well be the perfect answer on a hot day.
2006 Sur de los Andes Cabernet Sauvignon
Sur de los Andes takes a risk in producing this 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon from Mendoza, Argentina, an area better known for Malbec. As it opens, aromas reminiscent of a recently trodden damp, forest floor lift from the glass, followed by hints of leather and cooking spices. Ripe blackberries emerge on the mid-palate and are followed by a juicy, peppery finish. Seeing only four months in oak, this is a medium-bodied Cabernet that delivers a more refined result than one might expect. Pair with red meats or even grilled eggplant and portabella mushrooms.
2005 Palacio Quemado “PQ”
Ribera del Guadiana, Spain
The 2005 PQ is another 100% Syrah selection on this flight, but this is no rosé! This wine is a striking, deep violet color. The nose immediately delivers distinct, sweaty saddle and herbal aromas. Blackberries and other red fruits fill your mouth and dance on your tongue as the benefits of six months in French oak impart just a touch of mocha and an alluring, full body. The finish has just a kick of spice. Pair with hard cheeses, lamb or BBQ fare.
Survey says...? What's your take on the wines? Any favorites on the wine flight?