Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Brace yourselves...

...First tasting note coming up.

Just to put this tasting note in context, I passed the
WSET Intermediate Course (I have a certificate AND a badge to prove it!) in 2007 and therefore my notes will follow their excellent system for the foreseeable future until I get more comfortable with publishing my thoughts. Also, and with immaculate timing, I'm not actually drinking at the present time whilst the vets complete their tests, whatever that means. Sooo, I'll be using some past notes to keep the blog ticking over until I'm back on the sauce. I'll give you a tasting date so you can see when I got my gums around the glass.

The Wine Society £6.50 (tasted 20-xii-'08)

100% bonarda grape from western Argentina. Presented here with a screw-cap closer. This is a deeply intense rich purple wine with a clean medium nose giving red/black fruit and a hint of vanilla oak. The medium/high tannins carry a full bodied big finishing wine with lots of blackberry flavours. An excellent meaty winter red.

There it is, my own note prepared without reference to those supplied from the Wine Society (WS), but I'm pleased to say that my comments are not a million miles away from their own. Pat me that was lucky! You may find the following details taken from the WS note of interest:
Bonarda is a late-ripening Italian grape, well suited to the warmer
Argentine climate. This aromatic example is made by one of Argentina's top
winemakers: Susana Balbo. She uses grapes from her husband Pedro Luis
Marchevsky's low-yielding vineyard in Rivadavia, south eastern Mendoza.
Toot toot!


  1. Good tasting note!
    Good luck with your blog. Looks like you have started well.

  2. Thanks Hamish. More to come tomorrow.

    Toot toot!