What Does Tempranillo Taste Like?
1304Common Flavors and Aromas Fruit: Red & Blue (Black Cherry, Red Currant, Plum, Cranberry, Tomato, Subtle Strawberry) Earth & Mineral Notes: Limestone, Silt, Clay Additional Complexities: Tobacco, Mushroom, Black Pepper, Leather Saddle, Herbs Structure Body: Medium-Full Sugar: Dry Tannins: Medium ..
What is Montepulciano Wine? What Does it Taste Like?
1074The name derives from the small town of Montepulciano in the south east area of Tuscany. Similar to other Tuscan wines, the main grape used in the production of the wine is Sangiovese. The wines tend to be darker in color close to a brownish red, as the wine ages it begins to take on […]
What is Nebbiolo? What are some noteworthy wine styles produced with this grape and in what regions?
1026Discover Nebbiolo Wine Nebbiolo is a thin-skinned red grape, mostly known for, but not limited to its production in Piedmont, which is in Northwestern Italy. Its name is derived from the Italian word for fog, Nebbia. Generally speaking, Nebbiolo is known for its high tannin, high acidity and its aromas ..
What is Sangiovese? A little history and how it applies to Brunello Di Montalcino and Rosso Di Montepulciano
1528Sangiovese is a thin skinned red grape found mostly in central Italy known for its high acidity and medium tannins. This grape typically gives aromas of cherries, raspberries, and strawberries with a rustic and earthy component as well. Sangiovese’s name translates to “blood of Jove,” ..
What is Cabernet Franc? What Does it Taste Like?
2089Cabernet Franc is a medium-skinned grape variety of the genus vitis vinifera. It is not clear where the grape vine originated but there is some evidence it came from the Basque region of France. The grape is considered one of the “International” varieties having originated in around France. Cabernet ..
How many years does a quality Barolo need to age before it matures?
1217I like at least 5 years of aging time, but a lot of that depends upon the producer and vintage. However, it’s not worth getting get too wrapped up in the timing thing. If the Barolo is from a good producer, I am up for seeing how it evolves in the glass even while it’s […]
What is Carménère Wine? What Does Carménère Wine Taste Like? What Are Good Carménère Food Pairings?
1420Carménère is a medium bodied savory red wine originating from France, but now predominantly produced in Chile. The name for the grape was derived from the French word for crimson “carmin” referring to the bright crimson autumn leaves of the vines prior to leaf fall. It was originally planted in the Medoc ..
What is the Petit Verdot Grape? What are Petit Verdot’s Tasting Notes?
1023Petit Verdot is a high quality red grape variety that originated in Bordeaux in Southwest France. It is well suited to gravely soil such as those found in Bordeaux. It derived its name from “vert,” or green in the sense of unripe. It was traditionally a constituent minor part of Bordeaux blends but increasingly ..
What Does Malbec Wine Taste Like?
1408What does Malbec taste like? Malbec is a lush, ripe wine with dark concentrated flavors. It contains beautiful black fruit flavors and aromatics of spice and some floral notes at times. There are different degrees of complexity in Malbec depending upon the winemaker and the region it is made in. What’s ..
Could You Give a Background on Red Burgundy Wines?
530The Burgundy region is a very complicated subject. With its ancient and extremely complex soils and limestone cliffs, varied pockets of meso- and microclimates, and notable vintage variation, the terrain and climate themselves lend to some of this complexity. Add in the small parcels owned by most producers ..