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 Capri Ristorante – McLean, VA

CONTENT

  1. Presenters
  2. Participants
  3. Tasting Overview
  4. The Menu and the Wines
  5. Information on the wines
  6. Member’s wines ratings

PRESENTERS:

Mario Aguilar, Juan Luis Colaiacovo

PARTICIPANTS:

Mario Aguilar, Juan Luis Colaiacovo, Orlando Maison,Orlando Reos, Jorge Requena, Alfonso Sánchez, Ricardo Santiago, Peter Scherer.

TASTING OVERVIEW:  

Type: Blind

This presentation includes one Cabernet Sauvignon and one Malbec from Argentina, and one Cabernet Sauvignon and one Carmenere from Chile.  The Argentine wines are from the Bramare line of Viña Cobos Winery a project led by Paul Hobbes a famous american winemaker that has been very influential in the recent development of Argentina’s wine industry. The two Chilean wines are from the highly well reputed Viña Montes.  All the wines have been highly rated by the experts as outstanding or exceptional. The objectives of this blind tasting are to evaluate each wine individually, establish the variety and to rank them in order of preference by the Group.  The wines are:

  1. 2013 – Viña Cobos, Bramare Single Vineyard Malbec, Rebon Vineyard, Valle de Uco, Argentina
  2. 2013 – Viña Cobos, Bramare Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Marchiori Vineyard, Luján de Cuyo, Argentina
  3. 2014 – Purple Angel, Carmenere, Colchagua Valley, Chile
  4. 2011 – Montes Alpha M, Red Wine, Colchagua Valley, Chile
  5. 2016 – Cruce del Zorro, Mezcla de Altura, Valle de la Concepción, Tarija, Bolivia – Wine graciously presented by Orlando Reos as a Surprise Wine

THE MENU

  1. Fried polenta over arugula salad, olive virgin oil dressing.
  2. Risotto with spanish chorizo.
  3. Roast pork garnished with baked potatoes in red wine sauce
  4. Grilled beef short ribs with shiitake mushrooms and steamed spinach
  5. Dessert and/or coffee

INFORMATION ON THE WINES

(All information obtained and condensed from several Internet articles.)

2013 – Viña Cobos, Bramare Single Vineyard Malbec, Rebon Vineyard, Valle de Uco, Argentina

 

The Wine: The Wine Advocate: Aug 2015 – . Reviewer : Luis Gutierrez – The oakier of the single vineyards was the 2012 Bramare Malbec Rebon Vineyard, which had aromas of roasted wood and very ripe berries. This vineyard is in La Consulta. The nose feels sweet, with plenty of cinnamon and vanilla, a little too oaky for my taste (all these vineyards designated wines age for some 17 months in around 60% new French oak barrels). The palate is full-bodied, dense, thick, glossy and intense, lifted by the alcohol, with plenty of the sweet cinnamon and spicy notes found in the nose. Wait a bit for this XL Malbec.

The Winery: Viña Cobos makes wines which naturally express the terroir from which they come. Paul Hobbs, founding partner and winemaker of Viña Cobos, has worked since 1988 in the exploration of the various terroirs of Mendoza, looking for the most relevant regions in Lujan de Cuyo and the Uco Valley, to produce unique wines. A sustainable management of the vineyard makes it possible to achieve balanced crops and top-quality fruit. A careful treatment of the grapes and a meticulous production process combine to create complex and elegant wines of great subtlety and balance.

The Uco valley will surprise you with its magnificent scenery and its privileged location at the foot of the Andes Mountains. Irrigated by the waters of the Tunuyán River and other mountain tributaries, this area is a true productive oasis.It includes the territories of Tunuyán, Tupungato and San Carlos departments, within which the most notable districts are Los Chacayes, Altamira, El Peral, Gualtallary, La Consulta, Los Árboles, Villa Bastías and Villa Seca. The altitude varies between 900 m (2952 ft) and 1400 m (4593 ft) above sea level. It has a wide temperature range. Winters are harsh and the average temperature is generally lower than in the center of the province. The soils are of alluvial origin, with great presence of pebble stones of variable size.

The Rebon Vineyard is located in the heart of the Uco Valley, its surface of 17,7 ha (43.7 ac) has been planted with Malbec vines.This deep, well-drained soil has thick texture and rocks at depth. It has a slight slope that favors the irrigation system. During the maturity period, the temperature range is of 14.8 ºC (58.6 °F).Traditional furrow irrigation along the slopes and spur pruning are used.The vineyard takes its name after the Toso Rebon family, who has owned this estate and has worked with Viña Cobos for several years, taking permanent care of the vineyard and studying the soil to select the best parcels of land.

Read More about the winery here: http://vinacobos.com/en/

2013 – Viña Cobos, Bramare Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Marchiori Vineyard, Luján de Cuyo, Argentina

The Wine: A deep red colour. On the nose is fresh red fruit and cassis, accompanied by notes of tobacco, chocolate and spices We also find black pepper, clove, mocha, graphite and hints of gunpowder. On the palate it is expressive and spirited, shows great power and volume. It is an unctuous wine with marked tannins. Aromas of ink and great fruit in a long and complex finish

The Winery: See Viña Cobos notes above. This wine comes from the Appellation Pedriel in Lujan de Cuyo, known historically as the ‘prime zone’ for wine-growing in Mendoza. Its high elevation location in combination with a semi-desert climate and low-nutrient gravelly soils provide ideal conditions for cultivation of high quality fruit. The influence of Mendoza River, one of the main sources of water for irrigation of the region, confers identity to the area, influencing the soil composition and the determination of productive areas. Here can be found outstanding wine growing districts as Agrelo, Las Compuertas, Perdriel and Vistalba. The altitude in this area varies between 800 m (2624 ft) and 1100 m (3308 ft) above sea level. The cool temperate climate ensures the optimum ripening of the grapes. The soil is made up of fine sediments of alluvial origin, while the subsoil contains sand silty clay sediments.

2014 – Purple Angel, Carmenere, Colchagua Valley, Chile

The Wine: James Suckling: This has a perfect nose of blackberry, tar, black pepper, thyme, cloves and rose petal. Full body and firm and very silky and polished tannins. The finish goes on for minutes. Best ever. Great class. 92% carmenere and 8% petit verdot. Drink in 2019 but so gorgeous now.

WS: Like the name suggests, this Carmenère is opaque purple in color, with earthy, complex aromas of graphite, char and herbal black currant. The palate is, not surprisingly, saturated and dense. Flavors of toasty, minty black fruits are charred, while the finish tastes roasted, heavily oaked and blackened. Drink through 2021.

The Winery: (Taken from Wine Searcher) Montes is a large wine producer in Chile, exporting wines to more than 100 countries around the world. The company produces a wide range of wines from classic Chilean grape varieties including Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Merlot, Syrah and Chardonnay. Purple Angel, a Carmenère-predominant wine from the Colchagua Valley, is Montes’ flagship and one of Chile’s most famous wines. Montes was founded in 1987 by Aurelio Montes and Douglas Murray, with the aim of producing high-quality Chilean wine. Today, the company’s vineyards span the length of the country, from Aconcagua and Casablanca Valley in the north to Apalta in the south. These are managed with as little irrigation as possible, to strengthen the vines, and green harvesting helps with berry concentration. Vineyards are harvested either late at night or early in the morning to help maintain the freshness of the grapes.

Read more here: https://www.monteswines.com/en/

2011 – Montes Alpha M, Red Wine, Colchagua Valley, Chile

The Wine: This extraordinary wine represents a dream come true for the original founders of Montes: to produce a ‘first growth’ that can stand alongside the world’s other finest wines. Production of Montes Alpha M is extremely limited and vintages are only released if our head winemaker Aurelio Montes considers that the quality of the wine is up to demanding standards. Aurelio goes as far as painstakingly selecting individual grapes rather than bunches at harvest time, in his aim for supreme quality, eliminating variables that might compromise quality. Coming from the best vines at our Finca de Apalta estate.

Intense dark red colour. Very elegant with very dense and velvety, supple tannins. The wine has an harmonious structure, combined with a generous fruit expression and a very distinguished character showing aromas of red fruits, cassis and a touch of cedar and cinnamon. In the mouth the wine has delightful notes of vanilla and coffee. The 5% of Petit Verdot adds an extra element of complexity. Mouth filling and long and well-defined through the finish. The structure of this wine will keep it for over 20 years.

Montes Alpha “M” is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (80%), Merlot (5%), Cabernet Franc (10%) and Petit Verdot (5%), which links all the other grapes. The Cabernet Franc enhances the elegance of the first variety, and is in total harmony with the softness of the second and austerity of the third.

The Winery: See notes about the winery above.

2016 – Cruce del Zorro, Mezcla de Altura, Blend de Altura Valle de la Concepción, Tarija, Bolivia (Surprise Wine)

 The Wine: This wine is a blend of Tannat, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Syrah produced by Inversiones Vitivinicolas Tarija from vineyards in the Valley of la Concepción in southern Bolivia near the border with Argentina at an altitude of 6000 ft above the sea level. Only 1700 bottles of this wine were produced in 2016. The winemaker is Rolando Luppino, who was in charge of the well reputed Toso Wineries in Argentina where he worked with Paul Hobbs. In spite of being a young wine, it turned out to be quite good and drinkable.  Deep red with purple hues.  Aromas and flavors to red fruits and cassis, with hints of cinnamon and overall balanced but still needs 2 to 3 years aging to develop its full potential.  Certainly a good example of the recent progress of the high altitude winemaking in Bolivia.

VINOTABLES RATINGS FOR THIS TASTING:

  • 2013 – Viña Cobos, Bramare Single Vineyard Malbec, Rebon Vineyard, Valle de Uco, Argentina – CV Rating: 92 –  Experts Rating: 90-95  – Price: $72
  • 2013 – Viña Cobos, Bramare Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Marchiori Vineyard, Luján de Cuyo, Argentina CV Rating: 91–  Experts Rating: 90-94  – Price: $72
  • 2014 – Purple Angel, Carmenere, Colchagua Valley, Chile  – CV Rating: 91 –  Experts Rating: 92-98  – Price: $70
  • 2011 – Montes Alpha M, Red Wine, Colchagua Valley, Chile – CV Rating: 92–  Experts Rating: 93-94. – Price: $75
  • 2016 – Cruce del Zorro, Mezcla de Altura, Valle de la Concepción, Tarija, Bolivia – CV Rating: 90–  Experts Rating: NA. – Price: $NA

View full evaluation here: Summary of Tasting Scores 12-6-17

Best Rated: There was a tie between the Malbec and the Montes de Alpha Cabernet at 92 points but by a show of hands the Group unanimously preferred  the  Cabernet  of Montes for its elegance and integration.

Best Buy: All wines have a similar price quality ratio.