Compare & Contrast: What I expected Wine #12 to be like...


If you haven't gone through previous posts yet, go check out Wine #12.

After learning what the correct answer was for #12, BELOW is what I expected it to look and taste like...

So, even though I wasn't blind tasted on this one, let's have a go at it... I figured YOU could use it as practice if you'd like!

I just realized this blog has a "form" feature, so you can type in your guesses (before scrolling down to see the correct answer*), of course!

*I might play around with the format where the answer is posted later, but for today at  least, I'll keep it in the post... so NO CHEATING!

Setting the scene: We had just finished gorging ourselves on chowder, as we spent a few hours wandering around downtown Saratoga Springs for Chowderfest (one of the best Winter events ever).

After tasting at least six different chowders, we *wobbled* down to one of our favorite restaurant in Saratoga, Chianti Il Ristorante

The Husband ordered me a glass of wine to blind taste (which I'll write about soon). 

In the meantime, here is the wine that HE was drinking:


Dark purple on the glass little rim variation (the color goes all the way to the edge of the glass ~ it's not clear near the edges). Man, this is dark.

On the nose, definitely purple and black fruits. Very thick and dense. Inky. Black plums. Definitely some spice. In general though, this is very fruit forward.

  • Acidity: medium, maybe medium minus
  • Tannins: medium plus
  • Alcohol: medium

Overall, I'd say this is just a lovely sipping wine. 

What do you think it is ??

Enter in your guess!!

Writing it down is better than just "thinking" your guess!

You don't need to fill out your personal info if you don't want... Just wanted a way to give credit, where credit is due.

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Vino + Chowder

Vino + Chowder

wine & chowder... not the worst pairing I've had...

wine & chowder... not the worst pairing I've had...

Correct answer:

From: Chile
Year: 2010 *

*Couldn't take a photo of the bottle, so I did the best I could and sourced the image from the Producer's website.

Tasting Notes from the Producer's website:

Dark red violet in color, this elegant Malbec has a mysterious first impression with floral aromas such as violets followed by olives, ink, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, figs and, finally, notes of chocolate and a touch of fresh mushrooms. The expression on the palate is round with soft and velvety tannins. Well balanced, both concentrated and juicy, influenced by the acidic berries. There is a presence of graphite and mineral notes, together with a long, complex finish.

Did you guess correctly?!

Remember the post the other day that was a Malbec?

(If not, here are the tasting notes for the MENDOZA, Argentina MALBEC)

So completely different.... Just look at the color!! 

Now, based on what I know about typical Malbec, I would have expected the wine to be more purple, inky, but perhaps a little more peppery and acidic.

So what is the difference between these two wines!? Of course, there will likely be differences in wine-making practices, but in general, this could be due to terroir, a term that refers to all the aspects that give a wine a sense of place. From climate, to soil type, to altitude, etc., TERROIR covers it all...  

This wine from MENDOZA is grown at 1100 meters (approx. 3,600 ft) above sea level. Though the MAIPO VALLEY is quite expansive, even at the highest altitudes it is only 2,500 ft above sea level.

mendoza, argentina

lighter in color, more acidic, more tannic, more peppery

maipo valley, chile

dark, inky color, less acidic, some spice but mostly about deep fruitiness



From   Maipo Valley ,  CHILE

From  Maipo ValleyCHILE

Again, there are likely many other factors, but altitude might play a large part in the difference between these two wines... Look at the Maps above!

At the very least, LATITUDE-wise, there is not THAT much of a difference. (Of course, soils, wine-making styles, etc. could also play a role in the differences between the two wines...)

If you want to learn more about MALBEC in general...

Check out THIS POST by Elizabeth Schneider (Wine for Normal People). She also has a great video on mountain wine if you're interested!

You can also click on the images of Malbec grapes to other good sources of information.


Is the wine I had from Mendoza atypical?

As a heads up, it might be a few days before I get to post again, but I have LOTS of great things in the line-up. 

I feel as though I've learned so much this past week, but I still have so many questions. It is super nerdy, but I really can't wait to write everything up, share my experiences, and learn more in the process.

A deep, heartfelt thanks to everyone for all the support.