Wednesday, February 13, 2013

2013 A Simple Blind Tasting

The Setup
By 'simple' is meant 'if you even look serious you're not invited!'.

It was a slow day with the spouse having several tedious chores called 'housecleaning', ie. bathrooms, kitchen and vacuuming throughout.  I offered some help with 'glass cleaning' but my recent back surgery, at times, prevents me from doing too much bending or stretching. To get out of the way I wandered off to the LCBO for a few bottles, four is my 'load limit', if the temperature is around 0oC including wind chill. It's better to be out of sight when the mops are flying.

The three wines picked for this exercise were bagged appropriately and, with my memory, I promptly forgot which held which five minutes after. I felt like a squirrel preparing for winter but without the same mental capability come 'Spring'.

Our objective was to rank the wines in sequence top to bottom... and answer three questions: 

  • Which had the highest alcohol level?
  • Which was not a blend?
  • Name the country of origin.

Let the Games begin!  

Cheers, Ww

Conscensus after the Reveal:

1st Choice (N)  Mitolo Jester Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

  • Long legs and lacy film doesn't give away the alcohol level but the warmth in the finish says more alcohol showing of the three
  • Not a blend but an interesting Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Pungency and fullness says it's Australian

2nd Choice (I)  M. Gassier Nostre Pais Costieres de Nimes 2010

  • Alcohol shows as light silk
  • A soft blend of flavours, slight herb, going into a pleasing finish. Would be preferred depending on occasion.
  • A French level of Finesse

3rd Choice (W)  Arnaldo-Caprai Rosso Montefalco 2009

  • The lightest in body and colour of the three and made for quaffing - alcohol doesn't show
  • A cherry-leaning earthy blend by colour and flavour
  • Italian 

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