Tasting No. 169 – July 27, 2015 – Reds Festival

Club del Vino



Capri Ristorante, McLean VA



Red Wine



 1. Presenters and Participants

Wines presenter: Ricardo Zavaleta

ParticipantsSocios Mario Aguilar, Marcello Averburg,   Ruth Connolly,    Jorge Garcia-Garcia, Emilio Labrada,  Peter Lapera, Orlando Mason, Ítalo Mirkow, Jorge Requena,  Alfonso Sánchez, Jairo Sánchez,  Ginger Smart,  Pedro Turina, Ricardo Zavaleta, German Zincke.

Type of Tasting: Closed

2. The Wines

The objective of this tasting is to determine the grape variety of each wine .  There will be four wines.  The names will be added later.

  1. 2013  Santa Carolina Carmenere Reserva- Chile
  2. 2013 Bixby Creek Bridge,  Cabernet Sauvignon , Napa Valley
  3. 2011 Don Miguel Gascon, Malbec , Mendoza Argentina
  4. 2009 Barolo Pio Cesare , Alba Italia

3. The Menu

  1. Antipasto
  2. Risotto con hongos y longanisa
  3. Raviolis con salsa Aurora
  4. Veal milanesa con vegetales
  5. Postre y café

 4. Information on the Wines

(The information below has been compiled from varios internet sources) .

2013  Santa Carolina Carmenere Reserva- Chile  


The Wine: Color: Deep fuchsia. Aroma: Plum and laurel leaf, spices, red currants and blackberries. Palate: Marked weight and silky tannins, spicy overtones of red currants that remain to the finish. Pairing: Ideal with Indian curry or tandoori chicken. 

Alcohol:13.5% Price: $9

Experts Ratings: Wine Enthusiast     ;Meaty, earthy aromas of mixed berry fruits show a fair amount of wood. The palate is ripe and blocky, with black-fruit flavors, primarily blackberry and plum, accented by a noticeable herbal element. Toasty and spicy on the finish, this is a commendable value-priced Carmenère. Score: 89. —Michael Schachner, March 01, 2015.

Wine Spectator: Shows good typicity, with appealing green herb and leafy notes to the dried berry and stewed plum flavors. Chewy finish. Drink now. Score: 86. —Kim Marcus, 2015.        

 2013 Bixby Creek Bridge,  Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley


The Wine : Bixby Creek Bridge Cabernet is from the Napa Valley region of California. The fragrant cassis, black cherry and cocoa notes tantalize the nose and has fleshy ripe tannins with blackberry, dark chocolate and tobacco flavors. Pairs with steak, hamburger and lamb.

Alcohol:  13.9%% ;  Price: $15

Experts Ratings: NA

2011 Kikland,  Malbec , Mendoza Argentina


Kirkland MalbecThe Wine:  Kirkland Signature is a private label collection of wine, spirits and beer from the Costco warehouse club chain. The offerings are only available to members of the Costco club and not sold in other retail stores or bars and restaurants. These items are sourced from around the world, with selections that span a range of styles for all palates.

Read more: http://www.snooth.com/wine/kirkland-malbec-mendoza-argentina-2011/#ixzz3j6wcNQ2t

The 2011 Kirkland Signature Series Malbec comes from single vineyard, old vine grapes grown at 4,000 feet above sea level and spends 12 months in 100% new French oak. It has only 2.4 g/L of residual sugar which makes it a very dry (not sweet) wine. Eigthy six pecent Mlabec and 14% Cabernet Sauvignon.  It opens with very pleasant aromas of ripe plum, black cherry and dark berry fruit along with a little vanilla and spice. Tasting reveals a big, rich, smooth and tasty wine full of ripe juicy fruit and plenty of vanilla and caramel notes. Spice and black pepper notes come to the forefront on the long, dry, dusty finish.

Alcohol:  14.5% ;  Price: $19

Experts Ratings: NA

2009 Barolo Pio Cesare , Alba Italia

Barolo pio

The Wine : Winemaker’s Notes-This is a classic Barolo, with excellent structure and harmony, mild tannins and balanced fruit. It is immediately approachable, but it also has a very long ageing potential. 

Alcohol:  14.5% ;  Price: $56

Experts Ratings: The Wine AdvocateRobert Parker 93 pts “Pio Cesare offers two very distinct expressions of Barolo. The first, the 2009 Barolo, shows classic lines and elegant characteristics of mild spice and forest berry backed by dried ginger, blue flower and anise seed. Its tight, crisp and finely textured mouthfeel appeal to those with a preference for traditional Barolo. Again, this producer has done a good job managing the warmer vintage conditions. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2028.”

James Suckling –  92 Pts“. There’s an impressive purity of fruit with strawberry character and hints of cream and flowers. White pepper too. Full body, with polished, integrated tannins and a long flavorful finish. Beautiful fruit. Nougat with fruit. Orange peel. Polished and refined. Better in 2015.”

4. Club del Vino Members Rating : TBA

Criterio para calificar:

Excepcional: 96-100 puntos; Excelente: 90-95 puntos; Muy Bueno: 86-89 puntos; Bueno: 81-85 puntos; Aceptable: 75-80 puntos.

Síntesis.Todos los vinos recibieron calificaciones medias de 88 y 87 puntos o sea que están en el rango de muy buenos. Esta degustación de tipo ciega, según las notas del grupo asistente, resulto muy buena e interesante por la aceptación de la calidad de vinos consumidos y la novedad del tipo de degustación.

Vinos degustados

2013 Carmenere, Chile Santa Carolina Reserva , Valle del Cachapoal

Calificacion Media: 88

Desviacion Estandar: 2.7

Mediana: 88

Moda: 89

Impresión General: Vino Muy Bueno, color rojo bastante acentuado, poco aroma pero muy agradable, buen sabor Impresión General con un final un poco largo y persistente, muy bien balanceado y elegante.

2013 Bixby Creek Bridge Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley California USA

Calificación Media: 88

Desviación Estándar: 2.8

Mediana: 88

Moda: 88

Impresión General: Un vino Muy Bueno, con un color rojo muy típico, sabor frutoso y moderado así como su final, agradable y de un aroma intenso.

2011 Kirkland Malbec, Mendoza Argentina.

Media: 87

Desviación Estandar: 3.6

Mediana: 88

Moda:   88

Impresión General: Este vino Muy Bueno color rojo muy llamativo, con un aroma muy fuerte y un final, largo y agradable, con mucho cuerpo. En general un vino muy aceptable como lo es un clásico Malbec.

2009 Barolo Italia, Pio Cesare Piedmont

Calificación Media: 88

Desviación Estándar: 3.1

Mediana: 89

Moda: 91

Impresión General: Rojo oscuro Muy Bueno clasificado con una Moda de 91 puntos, aroma a frutas agradable, bien balanceado, con un final largo. Con mucho cuerpo y gran sabor de esta clase de vino.

5. Varietal Notes


It is a red wine grape with intense, inky violet color very similar to merlot and is planted mainly in Chile. The wine aromas most often associated with Carmenere are tobacco, tar, leather, bell pepper, dark fruit, coffee and chocolate. The palate profile can echo the nose, but is largely dominated by cassis, cherry, blackberry, blueberry, plum, pepper, earthy nuances, vanilla and spice. It is typically a medium-bodied wine that is best enjoyed in its younger years. The wines are all over the place stylistically, from simple and even rustic to polished and sophisticated. Some of the wines are characterized by dark, plummy flavors while others are more floral. Many wines have an attractive spicy quality likened to roasted chili peppers. This is not to be confused with an unpleasant bell pepper aroma that characterizes carmenère made from underripe grapes.

Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon grapes make medium- to full-bodied types of red wines.  They are high in tannin, which is a natural preservative that comes from the skin, stems and seeds of the grape and the oak wood in which the wine is aged.

Typical taste in varietal wine: full-bodied, but firm and gripping when Young.  With age, polyphenols polymerize: the grip fades away. The rich currant qualities of the Cabernet Sauvignon wine change to that of pencil box. Bell pepper notes remain.

The Napa style is dense, purple-black, jammy and tasting of currants and black cherries. Thick and ripe, layered with expensive new oak scents and flavors, it has almost single-handedly created the phenomenon of the cult wineries.


Malbec has risen to prominence in Argentina, where it makes spicy, tart red wines that take well to aging in new oak barrels. Malbec has a deep red color, with full-bodied flavors of berries and tannins.

Typical taste in varietal wine: malbec’s characteristics vary greatly depending on where it is grown and how it is transformed. Generally it produces a fruity and easy-drinking style, well colored wine that tastes of plums, berries, and spice.


The flavors and aromas of Nebbiolo wines are of fruit and spices. They tend to have lots of tannins and high alcohol content as well. So what does Nebbiolo at its best taste like? It’s one of the few grapes you can sometimes identify simply by its colour alone, for it tends to take on a brick-orange tinge at the rim of its blackish ruby relatively early in its often-long life.

The wine is typically intensely aromatic, developing the most extraordinarily haunting bouquet in which, variously, roses, autumn undergrowth, woodsmoke, violets and tar can often be found – together with a greater variety of other ingredients than most other grapes. On the palate, the wine is typically high in acidity and, until after many years in bottle, tannins.









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