A Great Trade Tasting for Once

I had a surprisingly great tasting yesterday at the La Playa Hotel new wines.  Trade tastings are not my favorite.  You’d be amazed at how many people want to tie one on at 12pm on Tuesday at these tastings.  I’ve even witnessed wine professionals mix two different wines together and continue to sing its praises afterwards.  I’ve held back my comments.

Today was different though –  great group of people that followed the protocol of normal human beings. We tasted through seven wines, six of  which were better than average.  This rarely happens especially with the mood I was in today – I kind of set out expecting not to like any of them.  Paul Hobbs is making wine for a new project called Gaurachi, producing a Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Here are my favorites:

  • 2009 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast:  Rather good, 2.25 on my 3 point scale.
  • 2008 Montes Purple Angel Carmenere, Chile:  The standout of the group.  Itook a sip or two of the other wines due to lack of spittoons but drank the  entire glass of Purple Angel.  Incredible nose but followed through front to back flawless throughout; lots of blue fruit and layered…made me even think a bit.  Sat next to a Master Sommelier (only 250 in the world) and he found the Angel incredible as well.  The Purple Angel received a 2.75/3 scale today.
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About Al Fialkovich

Partner and head wine buyer of Decanted Wines in Naples, Florida. Offers brutally honest wine reviews.

Posted on May 18, 2011, in Wine and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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