Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Best of the Reds 2009
Tonight was one of the best tastings ever. We had a packed house. The class focused on how to determine when your grapes are ripe, how to sample and what measurements to make. We talked about Brix and TA and the Brix/TA ratio. We had a lively discussion. The wines we tasted tonight were the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, two Bordeaux style blends of the those wines. The wine with the most votes for best wine was the Drought-Stressed Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine had a very fruity aroma with a nice blend of oak. It was very dark in color. It was full-flavored and had a long-finish. The close runner up was the Well-Watered Cabernet Franc. It too had a dark red color and good fruit aroma. Cherry flavor exploded in your mouth. The other wines were quite good as well. No one thought there was a bad wine in the bunch. My personal favorite was a Bordeaux blend of 50% Cabernet Franc with 50% Merlot. It had chocolate notes and aromas with a good finish that melted in your mouth. Very smooth, very well blended with the French oak. All of the wines were remarkable since they are not quite a year old! See you next week for our next Best of the Whites 2008!