Wine tasting with tapas at Woodfield Country Club. We tasted 7 different Cabernet Francs from around the world. Pulenta Gran Cabernet Franc Xi 2008 an opulent, purple in color, sleek in body, medium to full bodied wine. My personal favorite it came in first among the true cabernet francs in the wine tasting. I believe many people like big grape blasts and this one is more subtle. This is their first vintage sold in the U.S. and it is very special. Similar in style to a Saint Emilion.
I had the pleasure of sharing an exquisite bottle of Bodegas Caro 2006. This is one of the truly great wines of the world and one of the 2 or 3 best from Argentina. A joint venture of Lafitte Rothschild and Nicolas Catena, CARO (CA from Catena; RO from Rothschild) this bordeaux styled blend of 2/3 Malbeca and 1/3 Cabernet Sauvignon is silky smooth with a long, languid finish that makes a dinner exquisite. The minerality in the background of the wonderful subtle grapes complements a lusty rib eye. Using the aerator and a decanter the wine developed nicely within 20 minutes. Only $99 at GOL! The Taste of Brazil it is rated 94 by Robert Parker.
Wines of Passion Wine Tasting with
Frank Reider, only $20.
Sample 4 wines, each with appropriate food pairings, every Wednesday night with author Frank Reider. See why Malbec is bursting on the scene as the hottest wine around; taste buttery white Sauvignon Blanc, big body Carmenere, long, smooth Chardonnay, and the biggest surprise of all, a flowery white Torrontes from Northern Argentina. The brands will vary and so will the varietals, with luscious Cabernet Sauvignons and other varietals making their appearances. Wholesale prices for purchase will be available.
I broke open a luscious bottle of Almaviva 2006.A product of Chile, Almaviva is a Premier Cru from Mouton Rothschild and Concha Y Toro that breaks all standards for a Bordeaux like Red.Made in a style similar to Opus One from California, also a Mouton Rothschild subsidiary, Almaviva is about a third of the price of Opus One and, unlike the latter, is ready to drink right now!This is a wine that ages wonderfully and should be a part of any serious wine collector’s cellar.It is a full bodied wine, consisting of a blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Carmenere, 7% Cabernet Franc and a touch of Merlot.
I have tasted about 6 of the 12 vintages and am always amazed at how wonderful and round this wine is.“Velvety smooth….finest blending of tropical grapes….mild oak aging—ELEGANT.(Quotes from WINES OF PASSION:THE BEST OF SOUTH AMERICA).Available at Gol! The Taste of Brazil with a special price of only $99.Robert Parker 92 for 2006, 93+ for 2007.