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2nd hand blind tasting!

Postby Otto » Tue Jun 13, 2006 7:14 pm

I was given the wine in a little container - even I don't know what it is. Any guesses? I'll hear tomorrow.... (Probably made a fool of my self as usual with blind tastings - oxidised Blue Nun, maybe...)

The colour is deep gold/bronze. The nose is fantastic: nutty, toffeeish (seemingly oak has been used quite a bit), oxidised yet fruity, lifted by an orange-like and ripe red apple scent, a touch volatile. The palate is also a little oxidised and volatile, toffeeish (oak again?), fully dry, highly acidic, but still pleasantly fruity and very, very long. I love this stuff despite the oaky notes! Alcohol is not at all evident on the nose or on the palate, so I don't think this is fortified.

Maybe a vin jaune, except seems oakier than they usually are. Old Musar Blanc? Not grapey enough; too toffeeish. Traditional, old Rioja Blanco? Never tried one, but the profile of what I've read might just fit... Any better guesses?

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Re: 2nd hand blind tasting!

Postby Rahsaan » Tue Jun 13, 2006 8:24 pm

Sounds like an interesting "game" - so you do blind tasting and the wines are not revealed until the following day?
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Re: 2nd hand blind tasting!

Postby Bob Parsons Alberta » Tue Jun 13, 2006 8:53 pm

Sure does not seem to be an old Chenin Blanc. The toffee is a good clue isn`t it? I would go with a white Rioja too, Tondonia maybe.

I really enjoy tasting blind and as many forumites might remember my team won the recent blind challenge here in town a while back!! Who said fluke?!!
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Re: 2nd hand blind tasting!

Postby Thomas » Tue Jun 13, 2006 9:48 pm

except for the alcohol description, sounds a lot like Vin Santo.
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Re: 2nd hand blind tasting!

Postby Dale Williams » Tue Jun 13, 2006 10:56 pm

Fully dry acidic vin santo? Though the toffee does remind me.

From description (oak, VA, and oxidized) I'd guess Rioja blanco. But are you sure that's a fresh sample? Maybe the oxidized comes because it's last Tuesday's white Burg (from an acidic vintage)
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Re: 2nd hand blind tasting!

Postby OW Holmes » Tue Jun 13, 2006 11:13 pm

Perhaps a 20 year old dry riesling?
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Re: 2nd hand blind tasting!

Postby Otto » Wed Jun 14, 2006 5:30 am

Rahsaan wrote:Sounds like an interesting "game" - so you do blind tasting and the wines are not revealed until the following day?


Occasionally some friends of mine and I give each other blind wines in little containers. Usually we have attach a paper which says what the wine is, but this time I didn't find the paper - hence such a long delay in finding out what it is.

Well, here's a further hint. My blind tasting skills suck :( Probably no oak at all was used. And it's nothing that we guessed. And I neglected to say so on my note, but there was a mineral undercurrent - not a strong one, but it certainly was there.
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Re: 2nd hand blind tasting!

Postby Thomas » Wed Jun 14, 2006 8:15 am

oops. missed that reference to "fully dry."

Otto, send some along so I can taste it--can't seem to trust your description :)
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Re: 2nd hand blind tasting!

Postby Otto » Wed Jun 14, 2006 4:58 pm

Well, it's Claude Courtois Cailloux du Paradis, Romorantin, Vin de Table Francaise (from Sologne, which doesn't have its own AOC). Apparently there was no vintage on the lable, but the cork had 2000.

This is the only Romorantin I've so far had (and I certainly need more). Does it sound at all typical to the grape?
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