Sunday, September 2, 2007
Marche Bacchus Blind tasteing
It was Saturday so that meant lunch and blind wines at Marche Bacchus. We had about seven people so we asked for two wines. Wine number one was brought out for us to sample. In the glass this wine was medium bodied and dark red in color. The age ring indicated 2003-2005 vintage range. On the nose most of us got berries , earth , spice , dark fruit and mineral. On the palate, berries came through along with tobacco, plums and high alcohol along with a significant amount of tannins. The group was split. Some suggested Cabernet Sauvignon and others suggested maybe a Zinfandel from California. Alex reveled the bottle to us as a Conquista Malbec Mendoza de Argentina 2005. Malbec is a French red wine grape grown in Bordeaux and in parts of the Loire Valley. It is also widely planted in Argentina it is sometimes called FER. Alex brought out the second blind wine. In the glass it had a medium body and dark red in color. age ring indicated 2003-2005 vintage range. On the nose we had aromas of cherry, raspberries, vanilla , spice and high alcohol. On the palate most of us got black pepper, jammy fruit and current. The finish was long with medium tannins. Alex brought out the bottle and showed us it was the Prisoner Napa Valley 2005. This was a delicious wine that offers the best of both worlds: zesty wild berry, spice and fresh tobacco, with focused, well-structured blackberry flavors. Plush, rich and concentrated, with a wonderful focus on the core fruit flavors. Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petite Syrah and Charbono.
We did some research on the Charbono varietal. This is an uncommon grape grown in Napa Valley and Mendocino County. The grapes are very dark in color, lackluster in flavor and tend to be high in tannins and acidity. This grape is thought to have genetic links to Corbeau or charbonneau a rare French variety. And one other interesting fact is that everyone in the group had suggested the Zinfandel from the very beginning ! congratulations to all who where there