I have some school stuff to work on, but a LOT of back-logged blind tastings that I really want to share.
Some successful! Others, not so much.
What takes the longest is not the 4 mins per wine, but researching details about each wine (and subsequently writing it all up). So for now, here is a picture of a recent wine I blind tasted with tasting notes on the side.
Now, I also hate to make excuses for myself, but someone was making tomato sauce with LOTS of vinegar... so it was a bit difficult to smell the wine.
Also, right after this picture, I decided I also got some floral notes.
This is what the producer's website says:
The soils of the river terrace, comprising of river shingles and silt, were the perfect combination to the planting of XXXXXX in 2007. Our first vintage was 2010 and is dry with complex flavors, crisp and fresh with tropical fruit at the base. The wine has been made completely dry with no residual sugars added and will age particularly well probably around 7 to 10 years.
So - what do you think it is?
Enter your guess below!
I was really torn on this wine.
I couldn't quite place it... Therefore, I assumed I had not had this type of wine before. Going through "the grid", what is light bodied, very pale yellow, perhaps a tinge of green, some tropical notes, floral, and is also mineral? Also, I wasn't getting that much on the nose (not very intense), so I assumed that meant it was more delicate and perhaps old world.
All of the above lead me to either: Sancerre or Pouilly-Fumé
If you have not heard of the above before, don't worry. Once again, these are just place names for a very familiar grape:
(If you want to learn more, HERE are other posts on this delicious varietal).
*Fun fact: SAUVIGNON is derived from the same route for SAVAGE (WILD). I do find it is a be "wild" grape, as the styles can vary so dramatically!
Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé** are both sub-regions in France's Loire Valley, both highly regarded and are more austere styles (less fruit forward, more mineral driven) of Sauvignon Blanc.
Though Sauvignon Blanc is typically a high acid variety, Sancerre is SUPER high in acid, as it is a particularly cool climate. Many seem to regard Sancerre as the "highest" or "most pure" expression of Sauvignon Blanc and the terror (what gives wine a sense of place).
From WINESEARCHER.COM, Sancerre is known for "crisp, herbaceous style and marked minerality" while still maintaining some critrus and other fruit characteristics of Sauv Blanc found elsewhere in the world.
Pouilly-Fumé is a little further South/East than Sancerre, but is also famous for its overwhelming "flinty"ness.... The soil in this general area lends a flinty flavor (I always think of gunpowder...to remember: FUME for smoke from a gun) and can be a bit more intense/perfumed in aroma than Sancerre (source: Serious Eats).
** NOTE: Pouilly-Fumé is not the same as Pouilly-Fuissé, which is a Chardonnay from Southern Burgundy, France. Also FUME BLANC is Sauvignon Blanc from California that is OAKED. Whew. It takes a while to grasp all that...
ULTIMATELY, I felt like guessing SANCERRE, just because it wasn't as intense as I had expected from a Pouilly-Fumé ...
Do you think I got it right?