Portugal & Eastern Europe, WSET Lvl 3 Part 2 Week 3

Poor Austria, getting lumped in with Eastern Europe I bet they wouldn't like that too much lol. That being said the wines this week, well Tokaji Amazing, Acid! Yes More Please. But Oh Grüner Veltliner, when compared to Riesling; Was at a Loimer Tasting with Rieslings and Gruner, the Riesling wins better balance, more acid. Gruner is interesting but I think the lack of acid for me personally just doesnt win me over all the way, the wines are good that for sure.

Here are this Weeks Notes

WSET LEVEL 3 PART 2 WEEK 3 PORTUGAL + EASTERN EUROPE - Downtown Vancouver [AI School] (7/20/2010)
  • N.V. Borges Vinho Verde Gatão - Portugal, Minho, Vinho Verde
    Clear, Pale- Lemon Green, some Petillance

    A: Clean, Med- Intensity, Youthful
    Mineral, Green Apple, Citrus

    T: Dry, High+ Acid, low alc, med- body, med- finish, med intensity
    Frizzante, green apple, grapey

    Conc: Simple, Inexpensive, does its job (83 pts.)
  • 2007 Quinta do Crasto Douro Reserva Old Vines - Portugal, Douro
    Clear, Med+ Purple, showing prominent legs

    A: Clean, Pronounced Nose, Developing
    Oak[Vanilla/Coffee Grounds], Dark fruit, Meaty/Spice, Chcolate, Lots of Mineral

    T: Dry, Med+ Acid, Med+ Tannin, Full Body, Med+ Intensity, Long Finish, Med+ Alc
    Oak, Coffee, Dark Fruit [Cherry] Dark Chocolate

    Conc: Very Good, Needs time to develop, even just tasting it about 1.5hr later in Class it started to open and soften (89 pts.)
  • 2008 Erich Salomon/Undhof Grüner Veltliner - Austria, Niederösterreich, Kremstal
    Clear, Pale Lemon green, going to water rim, mod legs

    A: Clean, Med Intensity
    Mineral, Spicey Raddish, Citrus, Pear, Lime Zest, Savoury

    T: Dry, Med Acid, med+ alc, med+ body, med intensity, med finish
    'oily', lime, lots of pear juice like fruit cocktail

    Conc: the nose was better then the taste. Good Drink Now (86 pts.)
  • 2003 Chateau Dereszla Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos - Hungary, Hegyalja, Tokaji
    Clean, Med Lemon
    A: Clean, Med+ Intensity
    Marmalade, Botrytis notes of Spice, Lanolin, Dried Papaya, Dried Mango

    T: Sweet, High Acid, med- alc, full body, med+ intensity, long finish
    Marmalade, Luscious, Tropical, Citrusy Lemon Candy, Orange Crush

    Conc: Exceptional, crazy high acid (91 pts.)
  • 2007 Boutari Naoussa - Greece, Macedonia, Naoussa
    Clear, Med+ Garnet

    A: Med Intensity
    Savoury, Clean mineral, Cedar/Graphite, Sweet Spice

    T: Dry, med+ acid, high tannin, med body, med+ intensity, med finish
    Dark Chocolate (80% Cocoa), Cherry/Cranberry/Strawberry Mix

    Conc: Not to shabby (84 pts.)
  • N.V. Tsantali Retsína - Greece, Attica
    First time having Retsina was scared of all the horror stories

    Med Lemon Pee Yellow
    A: Pronounced nose
    Lemon, Pine Neddles, Pine-sol
    T: Dry, Low- Acid, Med- body, Med- Alc, Short Finish[A Good Thing], Med- Intensity
    Lemon, Rosemarry

    Conc: Overall not as bad as I was expecting on the palate the pine is not crazy overpowering but it is there (82 pts.)
Posted from CellarTracker

THE 100-POINT RATING SCALE (Robert Parker of the Wine Advocate describes this in more detail.)
• Extraordinary (96-100 points)
• Outstanding (90-95)
• Very Good to Excellent (85-89)
• Good (80-84)
• Average (75-79)
• Below average (70-74)
• Avoid (50-70)

1 comment:

  1. Isn't Tokaji great? Have only ever had up to a 5 Puttonyos one...I believe they go up to 6. It's amazing how the acid is kept up and how balanced a good version is.