Wine Dojo - Week 18 - Off 'Bord'way

Elissa's Place

Tasted July 16, 2018 by Heynetty with 77 views

Introduction

Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Carmenére all originated in Bordeaux and owing to migration of Europeans (and their favorite grapes), have spread to the four corners of the globe. Other stars in the Bordelaise firmament include their most prized white grapes of Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc.

This week at the Dojo, we focus on all those Bordeaux grapes and how the terroir in their new homes have affected the resultant wine styles.

We shall be tasting Bordeaux varieties which hail from anywhere but Bordeaux.

Flight 1 (7 notes)

White
2010 Domaine Châtelain Pouilly-Fumé Les Chailloux France, Loire Valley, Upper Loire, Pouilly-Fumé
89 points
Tasted Blind

A: Pale gold. Medium viscosity.
N: GRASS (hay as Em pointed out), Wet stone, PEACH, lime, grapefruit, wax, chamomile. Medium (+) nose. The fruit is ripe. Developing.
P:Dry, medium (+) acid, medium (-) alcohol, medium (+) body, medium (+) intensity and medium (+) finish.
C: Can drink now but has potential for aging. BLIC? Not complex but ticks everywhere else.

GUESSES:
Old World because of the wet stone influence. Warm climate owing to ripeness of fruit and acidity and body but the alcohol seemed oddly low. With that and the chamomile, wax, citrus, the golden color and body, i guessed the grape to be Sémillon from Hunter Valley, Australia.

MISTAKES:
The wet stone was more flinty than i thought and the fact is, i have never had an aged SB from anywhere never mind, Pouilly Fume. Its really very good. The hay should have indicated that there was age on this and aged Sémillon gives you burnt toast flavors (see Jancis Robinson).
White
2017 The Bunkhouse Sémillon Australia, New South Wales, Hunter Valley
87 points
Tasted Blind

A: Pale lemon-green
N: Low intensity nose here. Lime, lemon, drop of wet stone, little sage, Stephen gets lots of cheese but i don't get that, green apple, pear. Youthful.
P: Dry, medium (+) acidity, medium (-) alcohol (though i thought this 11% abv was actually higher), medium body, medium intensity and finish.
C: Drink up. The concentration is severely lacking here. Good Quality wine. Tick for Balance and half ticks for intensity and length. Quite neutral and unassuming.

GUESSES:
Old World owing to some wet stone.Cool climate as i thought the color suggested it. I went for a Sauvignon Blanc from Monetou Salon as it wasn't as concentrated as Sancerre or Pouilly Fume and the little herbaceousness seemed to indicate an SB.

MISTAKES:
Hunter Valley has cool microclimates and also pick early which they tend to do to control any losses in acidity, will give you the lemon green color. The chamomile flavors that i associate with the grape were not apparent at all. Young semilon is all citrus and green tree fruit. Learning more about this grape all the time. In addition, the body was lighter than i expected for a Sémillon.
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Red
2016 Viña Ochagavia Carménère Gran Reserva Chile, Rapel Valley
83 points
Tasted Blind

A: Pale to medium ruby with some purple highlights
N: Rubber, PETROLEUM, eucalyptus, blackberry, green pepper, TONNES OF BITTER CHARCOAL (might be what wine folly book calls 'graphite'), clove. Developing and pronounced nose.
P: Dry, medium (+) acidity, medium (+) alcohol (13.5%), medium (+) body, pronounced intensity and medium finish.
C: Out of balance with the charcoal and petroleum smell so insanely dominant. Acceptable quality. Drink now....if you must!

GUESSES:
New World owing to fruit forward nature. Thought it was a warm climate owing to slightly stewed nature of blackberries. Bitter Charcoal put me at Carmeneres door. 1-3 years old owing to purple highlights. Final guess, Carmenere from Chile.
Btw, gran Reserva indicates high alcohol than Reserva and maybe more maturation but the latter is undefined. Not a useful term in Chile.
Red
2015 Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley USA, Washington, Columbia Valley
87 points
Tasted Blind

A: Medium purple
N: Medium (+) nose. Youthful notes of blackberry, black cherry, BAKING SPICE, COFFEE, tobacco and some bell pepper.
P: Dry, high acidity, medium (+) tannin , full body, medium (+) intensity, alcohol (13.5%) and finish.
C: Not as ripe and sweet as the California stuff. The cherries were a dead give away for Washington apparently (Em). Might be more interesting to lay it down for 3 years but a Very good quality wine for $13. Good QPR.

GUESSES:
Fruit forward and therefore new world. Moderate climate owing to controlled alcohol and the fruit wasn't cooked. The cassis and blackberries sent me to Cabernet Sauvignon.
Red
2012 Château de Haute-Serre Cahors Grand Vin Seigneur France, Southwest France, Cahors
90 points
Tasted Blind(ish)

A: Deep ruby. High viscosity.
N: Medium (+) nose. EARTH, licorice, EUCALYPTUS, blueberry, cassis, cherry, vanilla, SMOKE, tobacco, baking spice, coffee. Developing
P: Dry, medium (+) acid, high tannin, medium (+) intensity, high alcohol, full body, long finish.
C: Can drink now but has potential for aging. Very Good to Outstanding Quality wine. Its a beautiful example of what Malbec can achieve. I was very excited by this. Good QPR at $20

GUESSES:
Color, type of fruit and eucalyptus said Malbec but far more refined and complex than its Argentinan sibling.
Red
2005 Jordan Vineyard & Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley USA, California, Sonoma County, Alexander Valley
89 points
Tasted Blind

A: Medium ruby with garnet highlights. High viscosity.
N: Cherry, raspberry, bell pepper, everyone got GRAPHITE except me....wasnt so obvious, chocolate, coffee, baking spice, clove, earth. Developing.
P: Dry, medium (+) acidity, medium (+) tannin, medium (+) intensity, body, finish, alcohol (13.5%).
C:

GUESSES:
The earth led me to Old World. The restrained alcohol made me think moderate climate and the 'graphite' everyone was talking about led me to Cab Franc.

MISTAKES:
Not enough graphite here to be a CF heavy wine. Should have trusted my own notes there but not obviously Cab Sav either. The earthiness was very apparent. I don't think that this was the most typical example of a California Cab. Alexander Valley is just North of Healdsburg in Sonoma County and can clearly make some restrained stuff. Perhaps age has calmed the typical bracing tannins and wild fruit. Perhaps, i just like older Cali Cab vintages. There's a shocker!
Red
2010 Thomas Fogarty Merlot Santa Cruz Mountains USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains
Tasted Blind

A: Deep Ruby
N: Plum jam and candy, black cherry, blueberry, lilies, baking spice, chocolate. Youthful
P: Dry, medium (+) acidity, medium (+) tannins, medium (+) intensity and finish. High alcohol, full body.
C: BLIC? Bit too jammy for balance and not complex. A good quality wine. I loved the delicate florals from that high elevation (2000FT)

GUESSES:
New World and warm climate from alcohol and fruitiness. PLUM lead me to Merlot. Never guessed 2010. MUST GET BETTER AT VINTAGES.
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