Well last week I did a went in and blindtasted (and correctly guessed) a 2004 Nebbiolo. This week I had my a$$ schooled by the master: blind tasted 3 wines and didn't get a one of them.
But they were great wines!
- deep ruby centre with slight brickish rim indicative of age (2006?)
- big legs indicative of high alcohol (13-14.5%)
clean nose: fully intense notes
- violets and irises
- irony terroir
clean palate: 0 dryness, moderate++ acid, moderate++ tannin, fully intense notes
- mega floral violets
- herbaciousness (garide)
- deep iron earth
- honeyed almonds
light+ to moderate body, moderate alcohol, very good length
I thought this was a Southern Rhone Grenache - but as Sebastian said "no white pepper - no grenache". It would not be the last time I make that mistake.
2003 Tormaresca "Bocca di Lupo" (aglianico)
- moderately intense garnet centre
- pale strawberry rim (very light age:2007? & probably pale skin grape)
- moderate legs - moderate alcohol (11-13%)
clean nose: moderately intense notes
- earth & minerality
- vanilla (american oak?)
- a certain gamey meatiness
clean palate: 0 dryness, full- acid, moderate+ acid, moderate+ tannin, fully intense notes of
- blackberry and black currant
- old school black licorice
- tomato paste
light body, moderate alcohol, very good length
I thought this was a crisp & bright, easy drinking wine... my guess was Sangiovese but in reality it was.... dah da da da !
2008 Desert Hills Gamay Noir, Black Sage Bench (BC)
- moderately pale garnet centre
- strawberry-cherry rim (still young - 2008?)
- moderate legs (alcohol 12-14%)
clean nose: moderate+ intense notes
- curiously funky nose!
- cedar - what the heck is this?
clean palate: 0 dryness, moderate+ acid, moderate+ tannin, moderately intense notes
- extremely fruit driven
- bright cherry and rhubarb
- light tea notes
moderate+ body, moderate alcohol, uberly long length
I had no idea what this was... not a clue. The best I could deduce was that it was a cold climate wine, and probably New World.... that's it - it was screwy.
2007 Red Rooster Merlot, Naramata Bench, BC
And so - no matter how much you learn, there is always more.