Sunday, April 2, 2017

WSET Week 3 Black Grapes Assignments

This is MCC Women's Day this week
Week 3
  • Full bodied high tannin red (e.g. Barolo or Chianti Classico - Chianti Classico should preferably be Riserva)
  • New world Pinot Noir
remember here to identify not only the different regions where we find each of the grape varieties, but also the differences in style you'd expect.

'decoding red wine labels' exercise. When you do this, remember to focus on the style and quality of the wine you'd expect to taste from what the label tells you.

2010 Chateau Fonternard Montagne Saint Emillion

Chateau Fontbernard is in the Montagne Saint Emilion region of Bordeaux. Saint-Emillion is  one of the most important appellations in Bordeaux. This is not a Grand Cru but it is an AOC Grand Vin de Bordeaux which means a Chateau's premier wine or "first wine." This is a very good quality wine. Vintage is 2010 and  14% abv. The wine is a blend with 80% Merlot,  15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine will be medium to full bodied juicy, plums and velvety from the Merlot. The Cabernet Sauvignon will add acidity and tannins and the Cabernet Franc adds spice and more black fruit. The 2010 vintage adds more earth and mushrooms. I would expect the color to be pretty intense and the aroma of stewed fruit, licorice and cedar.

2014 Alexander Valley Cabernet

This 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon. The appellation is Alexander Valley, sub region Sonoma Valley. 14% abv. The grapes are estate grown and bottled so I would expect good quality. This wine is primarily Cabernet Sauvignon, there are small amounts of Merlot and even smaller amounts of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot.  The Merlot will add structure, the Cabernet Franc should add some floral notes and Malbec and Petit Verdot will add to the deep color. I expect the tannins and acidity to be high. The aroma and flavor will be dark berries and chocolate. This wine is still rather young so there will be less tobacco, earth and leather. It will be fruity and full bodied

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