Sunday, August 4, 2013

Tasting for BC Day Long Weekend

Sardis Park VQA, my local wine store, hosted a tasting yesterday of four wines to drink on this long weekend. A couple of bubblies to start things off:

The View 2012 Distraction Frizzante

Very dry and sharp, even a little bitter. Finishes off with notes of watermelon. Done in the Prosecco style; if that's your thing, you may enjoy this. Retails for $19.90

                                                                                 Rating: 4/10

Therapy Vineyards 2012 FizzioTherapy Blanc

Another Prosecco-style bubbly, and my thoughts on it are almost the same as the above. Dry with a hint of bitterness. Retails for $22.99

Rating: 3.5/10

And, we also got to taste the new Blind Trust offerings from Laughing Stock Vineyards. For those of you not familiar with what the Blind Trust is all about, they are two blends that change from year to year, and you don't know what you are getting until you open the bottle, as the percentages are printed under the foil. Or you could just read this blog entry, as I'm going to give them to you.

Laughing Stock 2011 Blind Trust Red

A blend of four of the "big five" grapes that you will see in most Bordeaux blends, with a little Syrah in place of Petit Verdot for good measure.

Merlot 47
Malbec 31
Cab Sauv 12
Cab Franc 6
Syrah 4

Smooth and drinkable with notes of plum and cherry. Very balanced. Surprisingly ready to go for a young wine. No need to age this one, pop it open now. It's good, but at the $30 price point, there are better options.

Rating: 6.5/10

Laughing Stock 2011 Blind Trust White

Pinot Gris 43
Pinot Blanc 29
Viognier 28

Crisp and clean, very balanced finish. These are generally not my three favorite white grapes, but putting them together worked pretty well. If you like these grapes, you will probably really enjoy this wine.

Rating: 6/10

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