My first wine tasting session… PART 2

Here I am going to talk about the red wines we had during the session. For more context, go back to part 1 here.

3 QUINTA DE SAES TINTO – 2013 – DAO REGION (PORTUGAL)

Grape variety: Touriga Nacional & Alfrocheiro, Tinta Roriz

Price: 15£ (take out)

Alchol: 13%

VISUAL EXAMINATION

Clarity: Limpid

Color: Ruby red

Consistence: Moderately consistent

OLFACTORY EXAMINATION

Intensity: Intense

Complexity: Mod. complex 

Quality: Very good

Description: Dark pulp fruit, blueberries, cherry jam, tobacco and some spices notes

TASTE-OLFACTORY EXAMINATION

Sugars: Dry

Polyalcohols: Moderately smooth

Alcohols: Mod warm

Acids: Moderately fresh

Tannins: Moderately tannic 

Minerality: Mod mineral

Structure or body: Medium body 

Balance: Moderately balanced

Intensity: Intense

PAI-Lenght: Mod. long

Quality: Good

A good red wine, quite interesting, ready to drink, I would say maybe it would get a bit better waiting another bit, moderately harmonious, 78/100.


The last wine in the tasting was actually a very nice discovery. A red wine from Chile, the first time I try a Carmenere! This grape variety is actually from France and it seems to be a clone of the Cabernet Sauvignon. Carmenere is one of the primary grape varieties in Chile and I think it is interesting. It was my favourite wine of the evening.

4 MILLAMAN ESTATE RESERVE CARMENERE – 2014 – CURICO VALLEY (CHILE)

Grape variety: Carmenere

Price: 13£ (take out)

Alchol: 14%

VISUAL EXAMINATION

Clarity: Limpid

Color: Ruby red

Consistence: Consistent

OLFACTORY EXAMINATION

Intensity: Intense

Complexity: Complex 

Quality: Very good

Description: Dark fruit, blackberry, cherry under spirit, something herbaceous, some smookey scents, toasted cocoa and coffee, black pepper

TASTE-OLFACTORY EXAMINATION

Sugars: Dry

Polyalcohols: Moderately smooth

Alcohols: Warm

Acids: Moderately fresh

Tannins: Tannic 

Minerality: Mod mineral

Structure or body: Full body 

Balance: Moderately balanced

Intensity: Intense

PAI-Lenght: Long

Quality: Good

I really liked it, I think a wonderful steak would pair perfectly with this wine. I would say ready to drink, I would expect to get better with ageing and also moderately harmonious. I would give it 82/100. Really nice wine!

I hope you enjoyed and that these last 2 blog posts were quite informative as well.

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