Tasting Note - Region Matching Quiz!

Lurid orange. Leather, smoke, and licorice. Wet stone. We all know tasting notes can be confusing. But, amidst all of these descriptors of smell and taste you can learn a lot about a wine, even where it is from. Read the tasting notes below and see if you can correctly identify the region that produced the wine. Stumped? Check out the user posts from the regions featured for some more examples and inspiration. 1.) "Rich, powerful and enveloping, this wine is endowed with serious volume and textural resonance. Super-ripe plum, smoke and spice notes emerge in the glass, but only with great reluctance. Although the aromatics aren't giving much at this point, the palate is much more expressive. Their sheer power and authoritative tone result in an unusually dramatic wine. The 2015 is 91% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Merlot that spent 20 months in oak, which is a bit more than the norm." 2.) "The 2014 is a terrific example of the vintage at its best. Mocha, espresso, grilled herbs, leather, smoke and licorice are all fused together in this super-expressive, nuanced wine. In 2014, the wine is not as exuberant or rich as it can be, but that is really not an issue at all. The 2014 is a gorgeous wine in the making, that's all there is to it." 3.) "Very pale, lurid orange. A deeply perfumed bouquet evokes mineral-accented citrus and pit fruits, along with a powerful floral overtone. Coats the palate with juicy nectarine blood orange, strawberry and lavender flavors that take a sweeter turn and tighten up on the back half. The floral note comes back strong on an impressively long, focused finish that shows excellent clarity and solid mineral thrust." 4.) "An utterly haunting wine, the 2014 is sweet, perfumed and light on its feet. The purity of the aromatics and flavors is striking, but it is the wine's overall sense of harmony and polish that is most remarkable. Rose petal, lavender, mint and bright fruit are finely sketched in this stunningly beautiful, vivid wine." 5.) "A fascinating nose mingles sea breeze, intimations of wet stone, and smoky struck flint with high-toned nut extracts, ripe nectarine and mango. The lusciously fruited, creamy, almost weightless palate leads into a sensationally sustained, at once soothing and stimulating finish that left my salivary glands palpitating and that, for all of its sheer richness, not to mention high residual sugar, displays a fascinating array of stony, smoky and saline mineral nuances." Read on for the answers listed below. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 1.) Bordeaux, France 2015 Lafite-Rothschild 2.) Napa Valley, California 2014 Sloan Estate 3.) Côtes De Provence, Provence 2017 Château Gassier 946 Côtes de Provence Sainte-Victoire Rosé 4.) Piedmont, Italy 2014 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cerretta 5.) Mosel, Germany 2016 Fritz Haag Riesling Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Auslese #10 How many did you get right? 4-5: You crushed it! Pick of the bunch. 2-3: Solid effort! 0-1: Corked. Better luck next time!

Château Malescot St. Exupéry

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend 2015

We are at the start of yet another weekend and I welcome it with open arms. I have opened the 2015 Château Malescot St. Exupéry Margaux. This wine is 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot.

The nose is very expressive with full dark fruit, black cherry, black plum, blackberry, black currant, violet, menthol, mocha, roasted herbs and a rich earthiness.

The palate gives up the same beautiful dark fruit, black cherry, blackberry, black currant, menthol, licorice, herbs, asparagus, graphite and rich earth.

This is a wonderfully balanced full bodied supple mouth feel with medium + acidity and medium + smooth mouth coating tannins that leads to a long dark fruit filled finish. Enjoy your weekend, be safe and please be kind to one another. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷
— 9 months ago

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Reserve St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

David T

One I the nose, soft, ripe; blackberries, dark cherries, plum, mulberries, black raspberries, blueberries & poached strawberries. Liqueur notes, dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla, light cinnamon & clove, dry crushed limestone minerals, suede leather and red flowers, lavender and violets.

The body is full. The tannins much softer & rounder than when I had it a year ago. More harmony in the structure, tension, length and balance but still a long ways from opening a bottle. Ripe; blackberries, dark cherries, plum, mulberries, black raspberries, blueberries, poached strawberries, dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla, light cinnamon & clove, soft dark spice, dark moist turned soil, dry stems, dry crushed limestone minerals, dry stones, dry herbs, suede leather and red flowers, lavender and violets. The acidity lively and like a waterfall. The ripe finish is well structured/balanced, elegant and lasts two minutes.

Photos of; their Estate vines, guests enjoying the party & property and an arial architectural drawing of the Winery they are planning to build.
— 9 months ago

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@David T drink or hold? Thanks
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I can only tell you what I would do. The 13 Sodhani is a 30 year wine. Their 14 is a 20 year plus wine. Their 15 is 15 year plus wine. I have two 14’s. I wouldn’t have my first bottle before 8-10 years and perhaps longer. Based on how that tasted, I would make a judgement on my second bottle. However, it’s your wine and investment. You may like your Cabernets younger than I do. I prefer them on the well age side. Hope this helps.
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It does, thank you. I like mine with a little age on em.

Fleurs de Prairie

Côtes de Provence Rosé Blend 2017

I am enjoying this Rosé! It has a wonderful lush mouthful...tastes of cantaloupe...peach..Marciano cherry...minerals..and has a nice long finish! Best news I found this locally!! — 9 months ago

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@Sharon B So true! The bottles are very pretty. My daughter likes me to save..for olive oil and such!

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@Dawn Emory Nice pic Cheers 🍷


Fancy! Nice photo and review.

Château Latour

Grand Vin de Château Latour Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 1996

Jörgen Lindström Carlvik

Always a treat to drink legendary wines like this one. Served blind in the garden at my parents house, the settlements weren’t perfect, but still the true quality shone though. Developed dark berries, partially dried and framed by bitter chocolate notes and pronounced minerality. Great finish, broad and self confident. In a perfect spot already. — 9 months ago

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Robert Mondavi Winery

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1986

Dear friends of ours, a couple so delightful in spirit that they adopt aged, abandoned dogs, clean them up and make sure they have the most sublime last few years of their lives, invited us over to visit their latest pooch. Their newly rescued fourteen year old terrier, Audrey, was looking vibrant with glossy coat and waggy tail. A far cry from the dusty critter from the shelter's photograph.

Audrey wasn't the only aging beauty that our friends shared with us that evening. They very kindly opened this 1986 Robert Mondavi. Despite its age, at thirty two the wine retained a good deal of freshness with focused aromatics. High toned fruit, dried leaves and subtle leather combine on the palate and evolve through the long finish. Like Audrey, my tail was wagging.
— 10 months ago

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@James Forsyth Bless your kind friends! Very heartwarming story of their love and dedication to less fortunate pets. 💚

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@James Forsyth James nice post Cheers 🐕

Domaine de Triennes

Vin de Pays du Var Cinsault Blend Rosé 2016

Pale pink in color. The nose is laced with strawberries and cream, acacia flowers and peaches. The palate leads of with a tangy acidity followed by red currant, blood orange and guava. The finish brings a plethora of minerals. Nice summer sipper! — 10 months ago

Cantina Tomaso Gianolio

Barolo Nebbiolo 2013

Nose is heaven. Tar roses earth. Some anise. Palate is medium density cherries with great acidity. Finish is so long and juicy. Licorice just coats the palate and lips. Really lingers. Wow. Bought from Fass Selections. ... great texture. Amazing internal aromatics. Black cherry liquor and licorice and chicory and spice. Amazing. Sweet licorice finish. Love this. — 9 months ago

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I think I liked more than you. Look at my video on IG
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No. You’re just better at describing wines.

Château Mouton Rothschild

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 1949

A treat. Dark in color, slightly cloudy. A powerful nose with dark, very mouton fruit. Incredibly aromatic, blackcurrant, mint,graphite, dried herbs, eucalyptus. The palate is extraordinary. So dense and powerful for a wine of almost 70 years. Dark fruit with a savory undertow- leather, thyme, sour cherry, dark chocolate. Really precise flavors and long. After an hour or two in glass there’s notes of coconut and soft wood. Extraordinary. Clearly there’s a lot of age on this but the sheer quality makes for a really dynamic wine. An exceptional bottle, and a teal treat. — 9 months ago

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What @Eric Shanks said 👆🏼
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Goodness! What a treat.

John Anthony Vineyards

Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

What in the world did I just drink... all that was going through my mind was “Welcome to the Pleasuredome” by Frankie Goes To Hollywood. One of the most well balanced wines I have ever had. Extremely fragrant nose of fresh cut cedar, dark fruit, a little bit of oak. On the palate it is intense notes of blueberry cobbler, blackberries, fresh vanilla bean. Velvety tannins and such a luscious and complex finish that lasts for days. Cannot find much of anything online about this wine if anyone knows more about it I would love to know. — 9 months ago

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Jack Thompson

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@Mark Flesher I will be staying at the Andaz on my trip to Napa in a few weeks. I will definitely be looking into this
Mark Flesher

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@Jack Thompson I think it was just to the east of the main entrance. Peculiar thing is that it did not seem to be accessible from the actual hotel
David T

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Walk by their tasting room downtown here & there and have just never had the time to stop in.

Mathilde Chapoutier

Grand Ferrage Côtes de Provence Rosé Blend 2017

Mathilde Chapoutier 2017 Grand Ferrage Rosé de Côtes de Provence AOC

Sometimes I get sent wine samples that are really not good. Like, surprisingly bad. This one was the opposite—delicious and enjoyable and I’d recommend it all day long. It’s not a rosé that has jumped on the “Hey, rosé is a huge moneymaker, so let’s start making pink wine!” bandwagon. This wine is sincere.

Grapes: Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, and Rolle.

Color: pale salmon. Stereotypically Provençal. Fair amount of residual CO2 that settled down after a few minutes.

Nice nose of strawberries, peaches, orange blossoms, and plumcots; wet stone, mineral.

Palate: Nice roundness and weight with a dry, crisp finish. Same flavors as aromas on nose. Very well made and balanced rosé. Lovely on its own or with food.

MSRP $23.99

— 9 months ago

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