Weekly Wine Quiz #30 – A Guessing Game, In Reverse
In the last week’s quiz, you were given two reviews of the wine, and you were asked to identify the wine (from the multiple choice selection). I want to continue with that “guessing game”, but change it around. In today’s quiz, you will know the wine, and you will need to select the proper review for it.
There is no reason to be shabby with our wine for this quiz – as you could’ve guessed from the picture, you will need to select a correct review for Chateau Latour, one of the original five so called “First Growth” from Bordeaux 1855 classification, and in general, one of the grandest wines in existence.
Here are five possible review choices for you – again, all coming from professional publications (well, may be except one – you will figure it out):
A: “dense ruby/purple color as well as an extraordinary nose of spring flowers intermixed with blueberries, black raspberries, wet rocks and spice box. Deep, full-bodied, rich and intense, this gorgeous effort again demonstrates what brilliant winemaking and a top-notch terroir can produce. It should drink well for 15-20 years.”
B: “deep purple-ruby. Pungent floral and spice notes enliven complex aromas of dark plum, cocoa and minerals. Large-scaled and juicy, with lively acidity giving sharp definition to the uncommonly deep, pure flavors of black fruits, forest floor and dark spices. The impressively ripe, powerful finish features youthfully chewy tannins and outstanding persistence. This big boy will require a lot of patience: forget about it in the cellar for at least 15 years”
C: “bright ruby. Perfumed, expressive aromas of red and dark berry preserves, smoky herbs and lavender, with a touch of licorice adding depth. Fleshy and supple in texture, offering intense black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors lifted by a spicy quality. Shows the richness of the vintage but carries no excess fat. The finish lingers with impressive tenacity and echoes the floral and smoke notes”
D: None of the reviews here are for Chateau Latour
E: “Deep, bright violet. Intensely perfumed black raspberry and blueberry on the nose, with seductive Asian spice, lavender and incense qualities emerging with air. Sappy red and dark berry liqueur flavors are lifted by juicy acidity picking up suave spice and floral pastille notes on the back end. Velvety tannins provide shape but are absorbed by the lush fruit, which carries through an extremely long, sappy, incisive finish.”
Bonus question – try to identify the vintage of Chateau Latour as well, at least the range. Again, just for fun, try to answer without using the “brute force” methods.
Have fun and a great weekend! Cheers!