Wine Contest

Let's have some fun and play a wine game! In looking at how grape varietals develop and form wine throughout the world, we have to consider terroir, climate, soil, region, microclimate, etc... Below are three tasting notes for the most popular and most planted grape varietal in the world - Cabernet Sauvignon. In thinking about those countries and regions, what type of Cab would you expect. One is for a Cabernet Sauvignon from Bordeaux, France, one is from Aconcagua Valley, Chile and one is from Coonawarra, Australia . Match the tasting notes to the most likely wine by listing the countries in order. After I give you ample time, I will reveal the correct answers. If you enjoy this, I will do one for Chardonnay as well.

 

1. The wine is deep garnet.  The wine has pronounced intensity and is developing. The aromas are of blackcurrant, bramble, toast, cedar and leather. The wine is dry with high acidity, high tannin, medium alcohol and full body. It has a pronounced flavor intensity and long finish. The flavors are of blackcurrant, bramble and cedar. The wine is outstanding quality. Can drink now but has potential for ageing.

 

2. The wine is deep garnet.  The wine has pronounced intensity and is developing. The aromas are of ripe blackcurrant, black plum, eucalyptus, mint, vanilla and tobacco. The wine is dry with high acidity, high tannin, high alcohol and full body. It has a pronounced flavor intensity and long finish. The flavors are of blackcurrant, eucalyptus and tobacco. The wine is outstanding quality. Can drink now but has potential for ageing.

 

3. The wine is deep garnet.  The wine has medium (+) intensity and is developing. The aromas are of ripe blackcurrant, black plum, black cherry, vanilla and tobacco. The wine is dry with high acidity, medium (+) tannin, high alcohol and full body. It has a medium (+) flavor intensity and long finish. The flavors are of blackcurrant, vanilla and tobacco. The wine is very good quality. Can drink now but has potential for ageing.