Thursday, June 24, 2010
WCOW: Chile VS. Spain
Match 4 has Chile taking on Spain is a battle of Rosé. Both wines are made from their repestive country's signature grapes. Both are well priced at way below $20 and both countries play an up-tempo style of football (unrelated to wine, of course) - should be a great match.
Notes: Slight residual sugar on the palate. made from 85% Carmenère grapes sourced from multiple Chilean regions. Extremely good value and very refreshing. Great food wine. (Available as a special order from Marc Anthony)
Region: Rioja DOC
Notes: A bright pink, dry Rosé made of Tempranillo and Garnacha grapes. Delicious raspberry and strawberry flavours and aromas. Great food wine. (Widely available at BCLDB stores across BC)
Complexity (Nose): Marqués de Caceres
Complexity (Palate): Marqués de Caceres
Food Friendly: Toss-up
Concentration: Marqués de Caceres
Expression of Terroir: Marqués de Caceres
Value: Terra Andina
Winner: Marqués de Caceres
It was a great back-and-forth match with both sides showing flashes of brilliance. but in the end the Marqués de Caceres 2009 Rosé simply offered too much complexity of flavour and aromas to lose. However, I must say that for the price, the Terra Andina 2008 Carmenère Rosé really impresses - if I had created a category in the judging criteria for "refreshment" it would have won with its residual sugar on the palate and good acidity. Well balanced, but just couldn't keep-up with the Spanish attack.
- Liam Carrier
Next Match: TBD - We'll wait to see who faces who in the round of 16 and beyond.