It’s official. We’ve taken the leap and registered for WSET Diploma (Level 4)! 😆 We’re excited for, and daunted by, the steep learning journey that lies ahead over the next 2-3 years…
What better way to mark the beginning of this journey than to sip on some lovely Ribera del Duero wine and work through a formal note using the systematic approach to tasting (SAT) wine? 🍷🍷
This wine is made from the ‘Tinta del Pais’ variety aka ‘Tinto Fino’ aka ‘Tempranillo.’ It hails from Ribera del Duero DO within the Duero Valley of Spain. 🇪🇸 Its topography is unique in that it’s largely cut off from maritime influences by surrounding mountains and is situated on the highest part of a plateau called the Meseta Central, over 2,780 feet above sea level. ⛰ ⛰
👁 This wine is deep ruby with notable tearing and extraction.
👃 On the nose this wine has a medium intensity of youthful aromas. Aromas include primary notes of ripe black cherry, black currant, blueberry, pomegranate, violet, anise, black licorice, and secondary notes of cedar, pencil shavings, nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom, and clove.
👄 On the palate this wine is dry. It has medium(+) acidity, a medium(+) body, high alcohol, medium(+) tannins, and medium intensity of flavors. Flavors include tart blackberry, black cherry, and black currant, dark chocolate, toast, cedar, nutmeg, and clove. The finish is medium.
This is a very good wine that is balanced in its core structure, offers aromatic and flavor complexity across primary and secondary categories, and has solid intensity and concentration of vibrant fruit. 💕 It may be consumed now (especially after decanting), but has potential for further aging.
Protos ’27, Ribera del Duero, Tinta del Pais, Vintage 2017, ABV 14.5%. Named in honor of the 11 vine growers who established Protos in 1927. — 3 days ago
If I haven’t mentioned it before, I love these Red Table Wines produced by Sandlands. They’re not fussy and deliver the goods when you need a versatile red wine to pair with a variety of meals. The only trouble is, I can never seem to get my hands on enough of them! Some quick notes over dinner: Popped and poured, bright and fresh bramble fruits on the nose with medium+ intensity. On the palate, a mixed fruits set with blue, black and red fruits all playing nicely together. Medium tannin and medium acid. Finish is also medium. Worked well with chicken wings and corn on the cob. — 13 days ago
Okay folks!!!! Here it is. Finally a wine that makes me go WOW!! 2016 Argiolas Turriga isola dei nuraghi blend. Italy has proven to me that they have skills! Of course, I’ve always known this. I’ve never found a great Italian wine that I have loved until now. This wine has something so different about it from the beginning.￼ The bouquet I am having trouble defining, but I think it’s Passionfruit and licorice. The palate is immediately exploded with dark cherry, elderberry, and leather.￼. ￼ The earth tones are fantastic. Absolutely no bitter taste at all. Buttery on the texture. Mild spice. Graphite. Fantastic buttery and velvety finish. Very dry. ￼￼￼￼This wine is almost 4 dimensional. ￼OMG, give me more!!!!!! — 2 days ago
This went really well on Friday pizza night. Nose has bright, ripe, zingy red berry fruit, nice spice, and some clean crushed stone minerality. In the mouth it good realty nice presence, and good flavor concentration and a round mouthfeel. Good acids. Very impressed with this food-flexible red. — a day ago
fresh, fruity red with raspberries and cherries, as well as some wood. Tiny hint of vanilla. Medium body with firm, racy tannins and a fresh finish. Drink or hold. 100% #grenache #garnacha with 18 months oak maturation in 225L and 500L from #campodeborja — 11 days ago
Dark purple in color with a purplish rim.
Fruity nose of black currants, plums, blueberries, oak, licorice, light vanilla, tobacco, light herbs, earth and black pepper.
Medium plus in body and elegant, with medium acidity and nice legs.
Dry and fruity on the palate with black currants, cherries, light earth, oak, vanilla, chocolates and spices.
Tangy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.
This is a very nice Syrah blend from Israel. Feels like a Côtes du Rhône red, with a new world twist.
Nice and elegant with a great buttery mouthfeel. Easy drinking and good by itself.
This 3 year old shows nice complexity already, and will continue to age nicely in the next 5 years.
Needs a couple of hours to open up properly and show the complexity.
I paired it with cheeses and olives.
A blend of 70% Syrah and 30% Mourvedre. Aged in French oak barrels for 13 months. Kosher and not Mevushal.
14% alcohol by volume.
$30. — 6 days ago
This Grenache from Spain is always enjoyable. Showing black fruits with chocolate notes, tobacco, vanilla, licorice, wood, spices, black pepper and light earth.
Full bodied with medium acidity.
Dry on the palate with a nice mouthfeel.
Nice finish with round tannins and tangy cherries.
Good right out of the bottle and gets earthier as it opens up.
A nice and easy drinking red wine. A good porch wine.
15% alcohol by volume.
$18. — 10 days ago
Color of bubbly purple, quite dark. Nose of dark fruits (cherry, currants, blackberry), aldehyde, tobacco leaves, powerful alcohol, not too shabby. Taste of ample acidity, plentiful tannins, oak, spicy sweetness, ripe grapes, and indeed some warm bourbon like note. Aftertaste of more warmth, note tobacco note, some more zesty and sweet note. I am quite happy with it. I am quite happy with this 2nd bottle even though the notes are slightly different. — 11 days ago
Interesting Lebanese Red Blend of Syrah, Cinsault, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Marselan. Aromas of ripe dark berries, cassis and plums. Hint of dark chocolate and poblano pepper. Completely different on the pallet. Bright and juicy red berry flavors. Hint of spice on the silky finish. Vibrant and mouth watering acidity. — 12 days ago