USA & South America WSET Lvl 3 Part 2 Week 5

Since in WSET class we usually pour Blind and I like to mark down on the side note to guess variety, good for practice ya know, so there is always one wine that throws ya for a loop, last week during the NZ/AUS/RSA it was the darn Yellow Tail Merlot, which I thought was a Syrah first of all.  This week it was a Russian River Zinfandel, and those subtle hints of Mint, which you know you could associate with Cab Sauv, and the ripe fruit with Cali.  So 5 for 6 ain't all bad.

Must say the Torrontes from Michel Torino was pretty darn tasting good body and "muscat" characters and for what 13.99? its fantastic QPR.

The Caramenere Blend, which is more Cab Sauv then Caramenere, but I can pick up that Caramenere like bam unless its just Chilean Terrior for Bordeaux reds, but its good Brambly and Leafy can't go wrong

Now Pinot Noir from Oregon, visited some Oregon wine peeps [@benkearney @hogan777 @pfortier2  ] and they were talking about 2007 being a good vintage that would be hard to make a bad wine.  This wine is pretty darn tasty. I dont think you could go wrong, I do have a 07 Riesling from Willamette I'm going to open monday so we shall see~

WSET LEVEL 3 PART 2 WEEK 5 USA & SOUTH AMERICA - Downtown Vancouver [AI School] (8/3/2010)
  • 2009 Viña Santa Rita Sauvignon Blanc Reserva - Chile, Aconcagua, Casablanca Valley
    Clear, Pale Lemon Green Going to a Water Rim
    A: Clean, Pronounced Nose, Youthful
    Herbaceous/Green Pepper/Aspargus/Peas, Citrus
    T: Dry, Med+ Acid, Med- Body, no tannin, Med Alc, Pronounced Intensity, Med+ Finish

    Conc: Inexpensive, Good Quality, Drink Now! NZ Styled lots of green (86 pts.)
  • 2009 Michel Torino Torrontés Cuma - Argentina, Salta, Cafayate
    Clear, Med Yellow, Showing Significant Legs
    A: Clean, Pronounced Intensity, Youthful
    Floral, A Honey/Syrup floralness, Popuri, Very Muscat Like, Tropical hints of Banana, Mango
    T: Dry, Med+ Acid, Med Body, No Tannin, Med+ Alc, Med+ Intensity, Med+ Finish
    Muscat like FloralGrapey, Peach, Tropical Fruit

    Conc: Very Good, Inexpensive, Showing well balance between acid/fruit/body excellent (88 pts.)
  • 2007 Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec - Argentina, Mendoza
    Clear, Opaque Core moving to a med ruby Rim, showing legs legs legs~
    A: Clean, Med Intensity, I say Showing Signs of Developing Teacher says Youthful nose
    Lil Meat, Lil Clean, Lil Savoury, Toast[Like it], Red Fruit, mineral, Stewed fruit
    T: Dry, Med Acid, Med Tannin, Med+ Body to Full, Med+ Alc, Med+ Intensity, Long Finish
    Dark fruit Juicy, Cherry Skin, Raisony

    Conc: Mid Price, Good, Very fruit forward but A better showing of Malbec for me [not usually a fan] (87 pts.)
  • 2008 Baron Philippe de Rothschild Escudo Rojo - Chile, Central Valley, Maipo Valley
    Clear, Deep Ruby, Showing Sig Legs
    A: Clean, Med+ Intensity,
    Herbaceous[Tomato Stalk] Earth Soil, some fruit
    T: Dry, Med+ Acid, Med+ Tannin, Med Body, Med Intensity, Long Finish, Med+ Alc
    Ripe Juicy Cherry/Black, Herbaceous/more tom stalk, spice[Black Pepper]

    Conc: Very good, balance of body and acid, could use I think some more bottle age (89 pts.)
  • 2007 Andrew Rich Pinot Noir Cuvée B - USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
    Clear, Med- Ruby just starting to show signs of Garnet
    A: Clean, Med+ Intensity, developing
    Cherry, Sassparella, Some stems, dried strawberries, cigar smoke, 'haunting'
    T: Dry, Med+ Acid, Low Tannin, Med+ Body, Med+ Alc, Med Intensity, Med to med+ finish
    Chalky Mineral, Beautiful Cherry/Dried Strawberry, Sassparella Spice, Something else...Elegant

    Conc: Outstanding, Premium, Ready to drink but can develop a little more
    So Delicious I had to pretend to spit in WSET Class (92 pts.)
  • 2006 Ravenswood Zinfandel Belloni - USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
    Clear, Deep Ruby going to a med ruby wide rim
    A: Clean, Med+ Intensity, Developing
    Savoury, Cassis, REd Fruit ,Black Raspberry

    T: Dry, Med+ Acid, Med+ Tannin, Med+ Body, high alc, med+ Intensity, Long Finish
    Ripe Herbs/ Minty, Cassis, Woodsy, Black Raspberry

    Conc: Very Good, I tihnk it could use some time to develop but very 'delicious' opens nicely with a little air (89 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)

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