Vineyards & Winery


Wine Challenge Feb. 5th, 2016

Posted on 20 February, 2016 at 18:55

Thank you to all of our Friday Night guests who brought a great line-up of contending wines for our latest Friday night wine challenge at the winery! We tried a couple of Spanish wines, a Rhone Valley, a Californian Cab and an Italian wine. These are my tasting notes:


2009 Rioja “Roda” Reserva, DOCa, made from 89% Tempranillo and 11% Graciano grapes. Meaty, plummy aromas and flavours of sweet red plums, raspberries and Red Delicious apples, with a touch of Chinese Five Spice and a fine earthiness. (paired with Blackwood Lane Merlot).


Ribera Del Duero “Anier” Vendimia Seleccionada DO, 100% Tempranillo (won the 2012 Concours Mondial Bruxelles gold medal). Smoky, toffee nose; rich, slightly sweet, good acidity, flavours of blackberry, red plums and apple sauce, with a long, fruity finish. (Paired with Blackwood Lane Merlot).


2011 Paso Robles “Project Paso” Cabernet Sauvignon. Leafy, floral and slight chocolate aromas; rich flavours of cherry, red currant, sweet cedar, hint of anise, with a fruity finish. (Paired with Blackwood Lane 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon).


2012 Chateauneuf-du-Pape “Chateau de Beaucastel”. Cinsault 5%, Counoise 10%, Grenache 30%, Mourvedre 30%, Syrah 10%. Plummy, earthy, slight peppery aromas. Smooth, rich, nicely integrated flavours of cherry, red plum and raspberry, good acidity and fine tannins. (Paired with Blackwood Lane 2009 Pinot Noir).


All were enjoyable wines for sure; however, for me the Chateauneuf-du-Pape stood out as my favourite overall (besides the Blackwood Lane wines of course! ). We had a real treat, as Carlos decided the only wine we could match to this one in flavours and style would be our 2009 Pinot Noir. It’s a rare occasion when this wine comes out of our cellar library! It still rocks big time and was a real hit. Both wines were exceptional, with Blackwood Lane inching ahead with more pretty layers, complexity and big strawberry flavours. Considering that the BWL Pinot Noir is a single varietal wine as compared to the blend of a few grapes that make up the Chateauneuf-du-Pape, kudos go to the BWL Pinot!


I don’t have the details of the Italian wine brought, since it was decided that it wasn’t at its best and was too expensive to overlook that fact, so was destined to be returned to the store.


If you wish to join us for our next Friday Night Wine Challenge, let us know so we can reserve seats for you. The Challenge is a friendly one, no snobbery intended. It’s a fun way to try different wines and maybe learn a bit more about the wines. Occasionally Carlos pulls a special wine out of his personal reserve as well! Seats are reserved for our wine club members.






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