Hosted by Ben Wood at 67Wine-the shop’s first such event, as it is mine! So excuse the choppy writing and tossed thoughts–we have five wines to taste and review, all blind.
Fellow bloggers include: Lyle Fass of rockssandfruit and Zachary Adam Cohen of Farm to Table-The Emerging American Meal.
Beginning with the wrong wine (we also have two whites and one rosé) here’s my first note:
Red #1 (25.99)–Bright ruby red with dusty cherry on the nose and a hint of violet. Cherry fruit turns sweet on the palate–bright candy, with a thread of spice and a gripping tannic finish. Simple, easy drinking wine. Tastes like a sangiovese; we’ll wait and see…
Red #2 ($19.99)–Ruby red with soft vegetal aromas, earth, and spice. Silkier in texture than on the palate, the mouthfeel and nose are misleading. Cherry fruit slams the palate, followed by tannins, and not much else. I’m left with a coated mouth and a slightly sour cherry/sour milk finish.
Rosé ($16.99)–The strangest color I’ve ever seen! Neon pink with a trace of salmon–surreally electric in color…artificial strawberry yoghurt on the nose and palate. It’s hot; there’s a slight burn at the back of the throat and a thin, astrigent finish.
White #1 (49.99)–Pale straw in color, with a powerful nose! Passionfruit, grass, a touch of minerality, and a bit catty. We all think it’s a sauvignon blanc but Ben’s not spilling the wine. Balanced citrus acidity (grapefruit pith), a touch of spice, and more minerality in the mouth with a surprisingly gripping finish. Delicious!
White #2 ($13.99)–Taking a turn towards the stonier fruits, this one’s the color of yellow straw with aromas of candied apricot and peach. It’s even a little peachy in texture (as in canned peach juice), fuller bodied, but not without some heat lingering at the back end of the throat. The finish is similiar to that of the rose, artificial and flat.
Ben’s got his fingers on the silver wrap…about to reveal the contents of bottle #1, only to prove we were all wrong!! And sadly enough…after the unveiling of the bottles we learned that we were wrong about them all…
Red #1–2007 O. Fournier Centauri Red, a Chilean blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and carignan
Red #2–2005 Domaine de Bonserine Cote-Rotie La Sarrasine
Rose–2008 Domaine Des 2 Anes Corbieres
White #1–2008 Weiner Gemischter Satz Sommeregg Reserve Jutta Ambrositsch (blend not known!)
White #2–2007 Quattro Mani Toh-kai Goriska Brda
Needless to say we had a fabulous time, but were all quite surprised! Thanks Ben!
[Where: 67 Wine 179 Columbus Ave., New York, NY 10023)