14 Aug 2015

Wine Review - 2012 Vina La Rosa La Capitana Barrel Reserve Cab Sauv/Merlot: Wow That's A LOT of Words

So our posting habits are sorely lacking these days.  We have been doing a lot more social media posting than we have blogging.  Some of that is no time to sit and write and some of that is pure laziness.  Either way if you follow this Blog we apologize for the lack of action.

On to the wine...

We love the value that Chilean wines bring to the table.  Great wines at great price points.  Carménère, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabs, and Chards are all good from Chile.  Chile has a number of wine regions in the country and this wine hails from the Cachapoal Valley which is a region we are not that familiar with.  Regardless, this is a great wine.

The wine is very bright purple in the glass.  Reminiscent of Carménère in colour there is a very slow journey of the legs rolling down the glass.  This makes you think that it would be syrupy but it really isn't.  The interesting visual is a clear halo around the edge of the glass.  A very unique wine visual and kinda cool.

The nose is super oaky and hot which to say it has a bit of a punch you in the face bouquet.  That gets followed up with blueberries and a faint barnyard sensation which we like.  It is super interesting though the hotness is just a bit much.  We'd prefer a slap to a punch.

The flavors are pure Chilean wine in our minds.  Deep and round tannins that enhance a very dry wine.  Back to the boxing reference, this wine punches above its weight.  It is a well balanced wine with not too much heat or acidity and some elegance in the mouth.  Add in black currents and blackberries with the oaky undertones and it is a great tasting wine.  Really unique and tasty.

   Tasting Notes: Score:
Sight (0-5) Bright purple, slow legs with a clear halo edge. 4.25
Smell (0-5) Heavy oak and a hot nose, blueberries, and barnyard. 4.25
Taste (0-10) Mouth drying and round tannins, good balance, black currents. and blackberries. 8.75
  Total: 17.25 / 20 (86.25%)

The QPR on this wine is really high with a $19 price point locally.  We've notice that the local stores have picked up Vina La Rosa's Carménère.  So that popped on to the radar just now.

Keep on tasting!

Chris & Shannon

10 Jun 2015

Brown Bag Wine Tasting With William Shatner - The Ray Isle Episode

Our good friends at Ora TV brought this episode to our attention. We have been following the Brown Bag Wine Tasting series regularly. William Shatner is a Canadian legend/hero/genius and on and on it goes and for him to do a wine tasting series in this format is amazing. So awesome and if you only watch the episode below you are really missing out. One of the unique parts of the show is he asks guests to describe wines without using wine lingo and using words from the guests area of expertise. You'll see what we mean in the episode.

His guest below Ray Isle is the Executive Wine Editor for Food & Wine and also the co-host of a PBS show that we REALLY loved called Vine Talk.  If you've never watched THAT series you are also missing out. Ray co-hosted with Stanley Tucci and it is a really cool look at wine and wine tasting with some famous guests (but that's another post for another day).

Other than being an entertaining episode in general, Ray talks about tasting wine recovered from a Civil War era ship off of Bermuda that he considers to be one of the worst things he ever tasted. We'll let him tell you the rest. Give it a watch and then go back into the episode guide and watch the rest and then go watch all the episodes of Vine Talk.

We'd love to know what you think. Leave a comment.

Keep on tasting!

Chris & Shannon

6 Jun 2015

Wine Pairing Infographic

Adam at CorrChilled (a kitchen and catering equipment company in the UK) sent us this infographic and we thought it was worth sharing. We always love having easy to reference pairing information available to folks trying to decide what wine might go best with dinner.

So enjoy and we hope it helps...

Source - https://www.corrchilled.co.uk

Keep on tasting!

Chris & Shannon