Two posts for today as I am trying to get caught up! Our most recently attended tasting at Party Town introduced us to the following:
- Santiago Ruiz 2015 Rias Baixas from Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain – White blend of 60% Albariño, 13% Loureiro,, 5% Godello, 9% Treixadura, and 4% Caiño Blanco
- Manos Negras 2013 Sauvignon Blanc from Casablanca Valley, Chile
- Manos Negras 2011 Carmenere from Valle de Rapel, Chile
- Quara 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon from Valle de Cafayate, Argentina
- Manos Negras 2011 Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina
Rias Baixas, made from grape varietals to which we had not been exposed before, was an interesting white with a light spring floral flavor, somewhat reminiscent of a Traminette or Gewurztraminer. It was definitely a different experience and would make for a nice freshing wine to enjoy by the pool this summer.
Of the reds, I was torn between the Carmenere and the Malbec. Because of its consistency, Malbec tends to be my go to wine if I’m not sure what to order. I’m seldom disappointed with it.
There were three bonus wines today — two from Jamie and one of our own.
- Tarara Winery Bone Yard 2015 Unrefined Rosé Wine from Leesburg, Virginia – Rosé blend of 44% Cabernet Franc, 28% Merlot, and 28% Cabernet Sauvignon
- James Charles Winery & Vineyard 2016 Cincinnatus from Winchester, Virginia – Fortified Seyval Blanc Port style dessert wine
- Classy Canines 2016 Brody’s Doggone Dry – Dry Concord
These three were all very different and distinctive in their own right. I have a hard time finding a Rosé that appeals to me, but one made from a Bordeaux style blend definitely offered some possibilities. The white Cincinnatus was a lighter change of pace, but I still have a preference to the richer tawny Ports.
And as for the dry Concord, it is quite a interesting experience from what most people typically associate with Concord. The nose is completely consistent with a sweetened Concord, but the palate is very different. But more about Brody’s Doggone Dry and its cousin, Brody’s KYck Ass, in my next posting!