Fall weather is upon us….and the red wine is flowing! This past weekend we were finally able to get together and sample some reds, courtesy of Pasternak Wine Imports. This time, however, we decided to put our hubbies to the test with a fun Wine Party tasting game. The results were some very different opinions about the wines! Check it out….
Avg Price: $14
Winemaker’s Notes: Deep red color with hints of purple. The nose expresses notes of red fruit, plums, strawberries and violets combined with a subtle hint of vanilla. Intense palate with silky, well-rounded tannins. Long, delicate finish. Good concentration and pleasant structure.
Our Thoughts and Pairings: The deep and dark color of this Malbec promised some intense notes. On the nose, we all agreed that the mix of jammy and earthy scents was a nice combo. On the tongue, our palates seemed to taste an array of things…cherry, cinnamon, cloves, even musty perfume. The oak was just the right amount. The finish seemed simple and nice to the boys, while we felt it was a little too tart for a Malbec. Some strong decanting recommended. Our average rate was a 3 out of 5 on Vivino.
Carmenere Grande Reserve
Avg Price: $16
Winemaker’s Notes: Appealing violet purple robe. The nose boasts typicity and the fruit expression of cherries, blackberries and plums. Hints of black pepper and bay leaf along with mild notes of coffee, bitter chocolate, mint and nutmeg. Smooth, deep, balanced and embracing mouthfeel. The Carmenere varietal expresses its full potential in this wine.
Our Thoughts and Pairings: This Carmenere was a beautiful dark purple color and complex on the nose. While one of us caught aromas of vanilla with dark fruit, one of us smelled ripe cheese. In taste we all agreed that the black pepper presence was strong, along with jammy fruits, lots of plum, traces of vanilla and a bit of coffee. A bit too fruity on the finish. We recommend a little decanting. Our average rate was a 3 out of 5 on Vivino.
Marlborough, New Zealand
Avg Price: $14
Winemaker’s Notes: Our Pinot Noir is bold, fresh, direct, elegant and balanced. It delivers dark cherry, plum and blackberry fruit notes and soft, well-integrated tannins.
Our Thoughts and Pairings: Obviously lighter in color than the first two, this Pinot seemed to be the only wine we could agree on. With aromas of allspice and red fruits, decanting did not seem necessary. The juicy fruit flavors made us almost wish we had chilled the wine longer, but notes of spice and cedar balanced it out. The grapefruit finish was unexpected but welcomed. Our average rate was a 3.5 out of 5 on Vivino.