Weekly tasting group #204; A fully blind test.

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Tasted February 15, 2016 by Zweder with 224 views

Introduction

We get 10 wines in 10 glasses. All wines of a different varietal or blend and from a different location. We have to tell in approx 1 hour where the wine is produced and of which varietal or traditional blend, the vintage and as many details as we can give. For big ego’s this is the ultimate way to land with both feet on the ground and become humble again ;-) ;-)!

Flight 1 (10 notes)

Red
2014 Fasoli Gino Bardolino San Lazzaro Italy, Veneto, Bardolino
78 points
Very light transparent red. In the bouquet mainly strawberries. On the palate supple and easy. Red berries. Fresh acidity and hardly any tannin. Some light bitterness in the finish. Ready now and next year.
Red
2012 Roux Père & Fils Bourgogne Les Grandes Charmilles France, Burgundy, Bourgogne
85 points
Very transparent garnet red. In the bouquet mainly rustic with some earth and smoke. Also some red berries. On the palate red berries, firm acidity, some oak and bitterness in the finish. Nothing really special, but with some air time it was a pleasant light bodied wine. Drink now or next year.
Red
2011 Poças Douro Coroa D'ouro Portugal, Douro
83 points
Cherry yoghurt in the bouquet. On the palate cherries and some herbs, fresh acidity and slightly sticky tannin. Easy drinking party wine. Ready now and the next year or two.
Red
2010 Château Lanbersac France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Puisseguin-St. Émilion
84 points
Ripe raspberries, dark berries and some sweet spices in the bouquet. On the palate firm dark berries, a touch of sweetness, firm acidity and tannin. Green impressions. Lacks refinement and certainly at this moment very disappointing for a 2010 Bordeaux. Maybe, with another 3 years of ageing it will become more pleasant, but it will never be great. 84 is already a friendly score with some hope for future improvement.
Red
2013 Alamos Malbec Selección Argentina, Mendoza
84 points
Raspberry and cherry lemonade in the bouquet. On the palate a clearly new world sweet start. Mild acidity and tannin. Clean wine, but nothing to write a book about.
Red
2014 Lindeman's Merlot Bin 40 Australia, South Eastern
82 points
Red and dark berries, vanilla and some licorice in the bouquet. On the palate a firm amount of sweetness, mild acidity and tannin and nothing interesting to mention except that it is an easy going and clean party wine.
Red
2004 Francois Arnaud Hermitage La Noble Colline France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage
87 points
Garnet red brown. Mature bouquet and taste with a lot of sweet spices like cinnamon, soft acidity and tannin. Very mature and this bottle was still nice, but just in time. Much too mature for a Hermitage of this age, so disappointing for its standings. But tasting it blind I liked the wine, so I scored it 87. If this bottle is exemplary; drink very soon!
Red
2007 Badenhorst Family Wines A.A. Badenhorst Red Blend South Africa, Coastal Region, Swartland
88 points
The bouquet shows dark forest fruits, sweet spices , menthol and rustic impressions. Same impressions on the palate, vanilla mild acidity and tannin. Mature and supple and no real hurry. Nice wine.
Red
2011 Hacienda Monasterio Ribera del Duero Spain, Castilla y León, Ribera del Duero
90 points
In the bouquet sweet and ripe dark berries, cinnamon, vanilla and eucalyptus. On the palate ripe dark berries, vanilla, a firm amount of sweetness and also beautiful acidity and round tannin with a pleasant bite. A bit heat in the finish. Already a pleasure and around 2020 it will still be nice, or even a bit better. 90+
Red
2011 Charles Smith Cabernet Sauvignon Chateau Smith USA, Washington, Columbia Valley
85 points
Special bouquet with green herbs and green bell peppers. On the palate dark forest fruits and dark cherries, bell pepper and rhubarb. Ok acidity, mild tannin and bitterness.
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