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Today's Virtual Tasting

Posted by JenniferT, Nov 6, 2013.

I am planning to try to tune in for today's tasting if I can free myself up by 7pm. (I'm in Newfoundland right now).

Unfortunately the only wine I can find from the producer is their sauv blanc. 

I glean from the VT description that the discussion will deal with how the wines showcase Mendoza terroir and varietals. I realize that I'm asking pretty late in the game here, but any advice on some other potentially comparable wines that I might have a chance of finding? (They'd probably have to be quite widely distributed as my selection here is even more limited than usual.) 

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Reply by SecretSanta, Nov 6, 2013.

Popular producers include Pedernal, Valle de Uco, and Lujan. Hope this helps.

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Reply by Philip Kampe, Nov 6, 2013.

The Virtual Tasting was all echo..plus a great Torrontes...Most liked the Cab best--an International variety..Big mistake!

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Reply by napagirl68, Nov 6, 2013.

I am very grateful to be included in the tasting, and as far as the technical difficulties go- yes, it was annoying, but the wine is what I am interested  in.  I believe in honesty, and not being a big fan of South American wines, I have to say my opinion holds for now.   I cannot rate the chard, as mine was evidently oxidized.. color off, maderization.   The Cab is the other I had... bitter at first opening, it definitely mellowed into something drinkable after ~ 45min of air.  However big notes of cherry/coffee here... truly reminded me of those red fruit roll ups we were subjected to in our lunch boxes in the 70's.  No complexity here, IMO, but it improved with food... had pork chops, mushrooms in crock pot, along with herbes provence and some pesto.  Not a typical Cab pairing, but worked with this red, big fruit wine.  As I commented, like an overcooked Cali Grenache.

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Reply by outthere, Nov 6, 2013.

I had an overcooked Cali Grenache last night disguised as a 2007 Epoch Veracity. blech

The Torrontes was nice for the price, the heat on the Malbec took forever to blow off. Big ripe wine underneath it.

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Reply by napagirl68, Nov 6, 2013.

OT,   I have had a few Torrontes in the past that were very enjoyable... and some horrible, like other varietals/regions.   I did not taste this Dona Paula, so I cannot comment.  I would encourage you to ck ratings and try a few if you like a very floral nose.  A good Torrontes, IMO, doesn't have any apple, pear or butterscotch, but rather has huge white flowers on the nose...  orange blossom, jasmine, with some citrus on the palate, perhaps a bit of mineral, but GOOD ACIDITY.   Yes, they tend to need the chilling to get there, and YES, someone, I don't remember who, commented very accurately that they do not hold for long.  Buy young, drink young.   I like them with Argentina's popular appetizer of manchego cheese and quince paste.  I prefer a nice quality raw manchego, as some aged have a bit too much "funk" or "game" for me (and with that floral white). 

I would steer you to a good one, but my LAST favorite was a few years back, and the last few bottles I had gave up the ghost too quickly...   just went past drinkability.   I need to get back down to Southern Latitudes in Carmel to see where they can steer me on some current Torrontes releases. 

It is a versatile wine when you find one you like... one meal I would have in a Half Moon Bay restaurant was a pizza!   The pizza had sausage meats, but also some fresh fennel, bacon, and sundried tomato.  The pairing was surprisingly great, and one we had often.

 

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Reply by Philip Kampe, Nov 7, 2013.

Gregory I recorded 11 minutes--Yes it was annoying as NapaGirl said..I am from New Orleans and can tolerate more than my eastern friends, but, still in all the voices in quadruple were distracting for me--an old pro!!

So it goes--after the talk was over, I tasted the wines on their merit-with no interference. The whites were the stars.--both easy to drink, certainly food wines--although the Torrontes could hold up on its own.

I just returned from three weeks in Argentina--BA, Mendoza and Patagonia...I had Rieslings on two occasions and knew Martin is going to release Riesling very soon. I am curious if you have tried a barrel sample?

Philip S. Kampe

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Reply by napagirl68, Nov 7, 2013.

Your post made it..  check again.

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Reply by Philip Kampe, Nov 7, 2013.

Yes--but my Password is hard to remember 9 new numbers that don't go well together...

Guess I better write it down for the future..

I nearly made the Truffle tasting last January. I was at the Fancy Food Show in SF and couldn't sneak away. I had an Invite. Did you go? I heard it was too commercial..

I was at the show, showing SANSUENA, a sheep's milk cheese from Leon, Spain, that I helped bring into America.

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Reply by napagirl68, Nov 7, 2013.

Is that the oregon truffle festival?  My birthday week!  We are thinking of flying up this year.....

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Reply by Philip Kampe, Nov 7, 2013.

No--the one at Napa Valley..mid January

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Reply by Philip Kampe, Nov 7, 2013.

Of course, Piedmonte is the BEST!

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Reply by napagirl68, Nov 7, 2013.

Oregon is gaining much respect..

http://www.oregontrufflefestival.com/

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Reply by JenniferT, Nov 7, 2013.

Huh. Well, thanks secret santa for the recommendations. I did go to one of the bigger stores but didn't find any wines from any of the producers. However it turned out that I was unable to make it to the VT anyway.

Interesting to read your post-VT perspectives!


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