The real business of the night was the tasting of the wines of South America. And as with the wines of the Antipodes last week I was on the whole underwhelmed. For example, there were three Pinot noirs in the mix; one each from Uruguay, Chile and Argentina - all, in my humble opinion, barely recognisable as Pinot Noir. If I had to pick a favourite white and a favourite red of the night...In the white flight I would have to choose a Chilean wine, an Amaral, 2008 Sauvignon Blanc (DO Leyda Valley). For the red, I'm going with an Argentinian selection, a Ksana, 2006, Bonarda (IG Mendoza). They were both drinkable, but I was left longing for something Spanish or Italian.
There were 27 wines in all, the most expensive wine that was poured, at $99.99, was a TeHo, 2010, Malbec/Petit Verdot/Cabernet Franc (IG Mendoza). This last wine seemed to be the favourite of most of my classmates. Replete with lots of vanilla-oakiness on the nose, it came across as the most Napa-like.
The wine in the photograph? A Montes, 2006, Cherub Rosé of Syrah (DO Colchagua Valley). The wine was alright, but it was the label that I really liked. It is by one of my my favourite illustrators, Ralph Steadman, who, like Vinogirl, is a product of Merseyside.
As it's Thanksgiving next week there is no class, but stay tuned for the November 29th installment.