Wednesday, February 27, 2008

First wine--Of course it's a cab!

d'Arenberg McLaren Vale 'The High Trellis' Cabernet Sauvignon, 2004
Australia

Deep red color (as a cab should be). Not overpowering on the nose. Either that or my cold is getting worse and I can't smell anything. Sara (the bartender) said she picks up a little dark berry aroma. Elaine (server) says black cherry, and a hint of earth and a touch of bacon. (She took a class!) Not overly tannic for a cab. Maybe a little out of balance, or maybe my taster is out of balance due to the cold. Sara and Elaine like the finish. Nice little cab. Probably not my first choice, but a respectable cab, none the less. Definitely worth trying again.

Rating: It'll do (until I taste it without a cold).

Drink up!

Dave

How I taste wines for the blog...

Well, it will be a work in progress. I do not do blind tastings. I know exactly what I am tasting when I taste it, just like you will when you drink it (should you choose one of these wines). I will try to take a picture of the bottle or the label when I do the tasting. If you have ever been to Simply Fondue and I have poured some wines for you to taste, you know that I am probably the least pretentious wine guy you've ever met. I try to 'keep it real' for the real people who drink wine. My descriptions are my impressions. If I know anything special about the wine, I'll share that with you. I may force you to listen to a personal story about my visit to a certain winery or someone I have met along the way in my 'wine experience'. I don't typically tell you what flavors you should taste in any given wine. A lot of non-oenophiles find these descriptions intimidating. If you desire further flavor descriptions, they are available in any number of magazines or on even more websites. Feel free to conduct further research.

That's about it! Pretty simple. I suppose I need to come up with some sort of rating system for my overall impression. Since it is the blog is from "The Wine Bar at Simply Fondue" it should be simple:

-Love It
-It'll do
-Not a fan

Only 3 options. Like I said-simple.

Thanks for reading!

Dave