"This is one of the disadvantages of wine: it makes a man mistake words for thought."
There are two more white wine reviews from "The Grapes Less Traveled" class that Tiffany and I attended. However, I thought that I would take a break and jump to one of the red wines tasted. It's the one wine that we purchased that day. This selection filled one of those most coveted, but limited, spaces within our wine racks.
Chucky Point Score: 91
Tiffany Point Score: 90
Wine Spectator Score: 88Wine Advocate (Robert Parker) Score: 88 points
|Maipe Reserve Bonarda Old Vine 2009|
Appellation: Mendoza, Argentina
Grape Varietal(s): Bonarda (same grape as Charbono)
Retail Price: $14.99
Retail Price: $14.99
Producer: Bodega Chakana
Alcohol: 14.0 %
Calories: 98 per 4-ounce
Argentina Labeling Requirements:
Reserva = 6 months in bottle of oak
Gran Reserva = 12 months in bottle or oak
Reserva = 12 months in bottle or oak
Gran Reserva = 24 months in bottle or oak
Tasting sheets as follows.
Mmm... Does this wine smell good or what? Tiffany and I both experienced cherry notes on the nose. However, I detected my favorite red wine smell. Something that I affectionately like to call "stink". Sometimes described as "dirt", "earth", "musty", or "wet dog". With the red wines, it has been my personal experience that the stinkier the wine aroma the better the taste! Can't wait to pour this wine over my palate, indeed!
The label reads as follows:
"Maipe Reserve is crafted from hand selected parcels of the first grapes grown at Chakana Estate. The grapes are carefully chosen and fermented in small lots to insure vineyard identity. The resulting wine is barrel aged 12 months to fully reveal the character of the Andean terroir. A smooth complex wine with intense, savory fruit flavors, great length and elegance.
Produced and estate bottled by Provia S.A.L."
Their website reads as follows:
"DESCRIPTION: A true rarity, the Old Vine Bonarda is made from a grape one rarely sees (basically it is planted in Italy and Argentina). This dense purple-hued, somewhat monolithic offering reveals loads of briery fruit, and reminds me of a hypothetical blend of a Barbera and Zinfandel. Briery, crisp, and dense, it is not terribly complex, but is very satisfying on a primary level. Drink it over the next 1-2 years."
A bold chocolate-cherry taste on the palate with hints of currant, cassis, oak and/or earth. Relative high tannins equates to good shelf life. The vintner suggests 1 to 2 years but I personally believe that this should safely keep for up to five years. But, they have the vested interest you drink this bottle today so that you may purchase a replacement bottle tomorrow. :)
Hi-dee hi-dee are-not-red-wines-simply-delicious-ho my friends.