Wine with dinner – Cono Sur, Alamos, Catena

From time to time I get a friend to fill out the tasting details of a wine in my Little Black Book just to get some interesting descriptions and opinions going, and of course be a reminder of the times spent with them. 

A bunch of us organised a cheese and wine evening so we could sit down together and watch the Olympic Games opening ceremony (replayed obviously with the Caribbean time difference).  What an amazing spread of cheese and preserves we ended up having, with some homemade rosemary flatbread (Nigella’s Domestic Goddess cookbook fail proof recipe!).  A lovely evening!

Some friends’ wine notes below…

MIGNON

WINE:  Cono Sur Sauvignon Blanc (Organic)
VINTAGE: 2012
PRICE:  CI$13
PRODUCER:  Vino Cono Sur S.A
REGION & COUNTRY:  Santiago, Chile
RECOMMENDED BY:  Mignon
PLACE BOUGHT:  Premier, Cayman
PLACE TASTED:  Grapetree Cheese & Wine evening

APPEARANCE:  Nice bottle & label, plain and stylish.  A greenish tinge to the wine.
NOSE:  Citric
TASTE: Easy drinking
FINISH:  Defined taste with a light finish.
OVERALL IMPRESSION:  Fan-tas-tic!  Great evening!  The wine went very well with the Brie Cheese!
OVERALL VALUE:  5 out of 5

ANDREA

WINE:  Alamos Pinot Noir
VINTAGE: 2012
PRICE:  KYD$ 12.15
PRODUCER:  Alamos
REGION & COUNTRY:  Mendoza, Argentina
RECOMMENDED BY:  Andrea
PLACE BOUGHT:  Blackbeards
PLACE TASTED:  Grapetree.  Watching the London 2012 open ceremony with the girls

APPEARANCE:  Light red, bordering on pink
NOSE:  Sweet, coffee
TASTE:  Delicious, light, smooth
FINISH:  Coffee, light red wine, easy drinking
OVERALL IMPRESSION:  Easy drinking.  So much fun watching the Olympics with great red wine and cheese! 
OVERALL VALUE:  4 out of 5

ALICIA

WINE:  Catena Cabernet Sauvignon
VINTAGE: 2008
PRICE:  Can’t remember
PRODUCER:  Bodega Catena Zapata
REGION & COUNTRY: Mendoza, Argentina
RECOMMENDED BY:  Alicia
PLACE BOUGHT:  Cayman Islands
PLACE TASTED:  Cheese & wine evening at my house

APPEARANCE:  Red, sign of brilliance
NOSE:  Currant
TASTE:  Lovely and smooth (for a non SA wine)
FINISH:  Aromatic
OVERALL IMPRESSION:  Mixed with great company, what else but lovely! 
OVERALL VALUE: 4 out of 5

Everyone seemed to have an awesome evening!  I think its time to organise another one of these evenings…

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