Tri-Nations Wine Tasting

Tri nations revisited

Tri-Nations Wine Tasting with Andrew Parkinson – 1 July 2015

My mate D and I rocked up to Regional Wines for an evening tasting of fine Euro wines. Billed as a ‘Tri-nations’ tasting, we would be supping drops from France, Spain and Italy. We were hosted by Andrew Parkinson from wine importers Negociants and Richard Sherriff from RW.

A large selection of wines were pre-poured blind, starting with a flight of whites. The selection included:

Guigal Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2013, Pra Soave Classico 2013, Vinas del Vero Garnacha Blanca, Finca Constancia Tempranillo Parcela 23 ’13, Santa Christina Chianti Sup. 2011, Dom. Lafite Bordeaux Rouge 2013, Guigal Crozes Hermitage 2011, Beronia Roioja Reserva 2008, Prunotto Nebiolo 2010, Isole o Olena Cepparello 2010, Faiveley Gevrey Chamb. Les Caz. PC 2011, Pintia Vega Sicilia 2008

Here are my favs, and what were ordered for the Pool Room:

Pra Soave Classico 2013 – $$ – Italy – A smokey oaky mealy nose, like a Chardonnay. Fruity and light. Citrus flavours. It builds on the palate, textural. Fairly smelly to start, but it blows off. Very pleasant. I like.

Finca Constancia Tempranillo Parcela 23 2013 – $$ – Spain – A lovely purple wine. Choc and vanilla. Lots of black fruits and plums. Rich and enveloping. Tempranillo fruit in 100% new oak. Age-worthy.

Beronia Rioja Reserva 2008 – $$$ – Spain – Sweet lovely licorice flavours. Vanilla. Lifted aromas. Tannic. Rich and fruit-filled. Some coconut. Yum. Cos Tempranillo.

Dom. Faiveley Gevrey Chamb. Les Cazietiers 1er Cru 2011 – $$$+ – France – I was proud to guess this as a Burgundy. I even thought it was a Faiveley Les Caz as well…Delicious. Pretty. Soft and supple. Very expressive wine. Dark cherries. Beautifully perfumed. Nice tannic line. Happy to have.

What a fun tasting. Glad to have tried a Soave for the first time, and the powerful amazing Pintia from Vega Sicilia, and be re-acquainted with the delish Faiveley Les Caz…

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