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Wednesday’s Meritage – Wine Quiz Answer, 16+% ABV Wines, CatchWine, Sake Day and more

September 26, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

Meritage time!

Let’s start from the answer for the Wine Quiz #30 – A Guessing Game, In Reverse. You were supposed to pick the right review for the Chateau Latour from the list of five options. I’m happy to announce that we have a winner! Before I will tell you who won, let me tell you about the reviews I cited. All four options were legitimate reviews, of course for the different wines. This is what they were:

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.”

This is Wine Advocate review for 2008 Hundred Acres Cabernet Sauvignon from California (99 points).

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”

International Wine Cellar review for 2009 Chateau Latour (IWC96+, WA100)

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”

International Wine Cellar review for 2009 Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape (93 points)

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.”

International Wine Cellar review for 2009 Saxum James Berry Vineyard (96 points).

So based on the comments we have two winners – April and The Drunken Cyclist, who also almost correctly answered the bonus question about the vintage (almost is a key word here, as he couldn’t decide between 2005 and 2009, but still, very impressive). Great job guys, you got all the bragging rights which come with winning of this [I would think somewhat difficult] quiz. I wish my prizes could be more tangible…

And now, let’s move on to interesting news and updates.

Need more wine holidays (the last one we celebrated was International Grenache Day on Friday, September 21st)? You are in luck! 35th Annual (show some respect!) Sake Day is coming on October 1st! Here is the blog post about it from The Passionate Foodie blog.

Wine Til Sold Out Full-On marathon is coming up next Tuesday, October 2nd – 6 AM – Midnight, wines are priced $15.99 – $$$.

Joe Roberts of 1WienDude fame had an interesting discussion in his blog regarding wines with ABV in excess of 16% – can those be balanced? If you have an opinion – join the discussion in Joe’s blog.

W. Blake Gray had a great post about wine collectors versus wine lovers – I highly recommend that you will read it.

I accidentally came across very interesting web site called Catch Wine – it seems to list a lot of very useful information about wineries in all the different states, including address and phone number, the hours when tasting rooms are open, wineries near by, user reviews and more. Check it out!

Last but not least – PJ Wine’s Grand Tasting in New York is coming up on Friday, November 16th – if you are in the area, you don’t want to miss Chateau Margaux, Chateau Haut-Brion, Vega Sicilia and many many other amazing wines (click the link above for more information).

That’s all for today, folks. Happy Wine Wednesday! Cheers!

  1. September 26, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    I read the Grey piece a few days ago and I had to stop myself from commenting. I wanted to call him a big whiner. Sure, many of the trophy wines are now out of reach for 99% or more, but come on–there is a lot of great juice out there! Never has there been a better time to be a wine drinker!

    • talkavino
      September 26, 2012 at 5:52 pm

      I’m not sure I fully agree with you – I think main point of his article is about super-arrogant attitude of many wine collectors, who views the wine as a commodity, merely a financial vehicle and nothing else – I share that same dislike of arrogance which is often coupled with complete ignorance on the very subject of wine…

  1. October 13, 2012 at 10:36 am

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