Tuesday, December 27, 2011

What’s In Our Glass: Malbec, Syrah and Marechal Foch

Occasionally we’ll poll our tasting team to see what old favorites or new discoveries they are sampling.
Here’s what’s in our glass now:
Dr. J: 2006 Qupé Bien Nacido Hillside Estate Syrah, which received 92 or 93 point scores from various sources (non-Robert Parker). Bien Nacido is an "iconic" vineyard in Santa Barbara.
This has raspberry, spice, and light oak on the nose. Dark fruit, spicy meat, and rose petal on the palate. We may have had this a little young. I enjoyed this, but thought it was a little over-hyped.
Green Dragon and Me: 2008 Satek Winery Marechal Foch. We enjoyed this bottle doing Christmas activities leading up to the holiday. Satek is a winery just over the Indiana border and we picked this up a couple years ago.
Marechal Foch is a French-American hybrid named after Ferdinand Foch, a hero of World War I. The grape can be found in southern Ontario as well as Ohio and the Finger Lakes. Depending on the wine making, it can produce a light red wine, or an inky dark wine.
This is a lighter variety with a touch of vanilla and green pepper and a very light body.
Wine Chick and Sax Man: 2009 Catena Malbec. Grown in the foothills of the Andes Mountains in Argentina, this could be a new favorite. Bodega Catena Zapata is a family owned winery credited with putting Argentinean wines and high altitude Malbec on the map.
The winery structure is featured on the label and has a striking design, based on Mayan architecture and meant to evoke the unique New World terroir of Mendoza.
This is a smooth wine rich with dark berry flavors.
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