Today I have 3 seemingly unrelated wines, and they are. Sometimes when you are tasting wines for review, you have single bottles and no pairing with other related wines. So today is a bit of a mix of wines. One is a BC wine, another from Germany, and the third from Chile. Grapes are Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Riesling, and Carmenere. Lots of variety. Let me tell you about these 3 wines.
My Tasting Notes
Robin Ridge Cabernet Franc – Merlot 2016, BC (BC $22.25) – This is an organic wine from the Similkameen Valley; a blend of 62% Cab Franc and 38% Merlot. It is very deep garnet coloured. It has a medium intensity nose with sweet ripe red fruit, sweet spices, sweet oak, cedar and red cherries aromas. A really juicy ripe fruit nose. With some air I also picked up some red apple aroma. This wine is off-dry with a medium plus mouthfeel, round and very smooth; the acidity and tannins are very light. You get sweet ripe fruits, raspberries, red currant, as well as a touch of apple and floral on the palate. With decanting the wine it is a bit fuller bodied and I picked up some plum and chocolate flavours. The tannins get a little stronger on the finish; the finish gives you more sweet red fruit, pepperiness, a touch of cedar and oak. With decanting the tannins become stronger and chalky. This wine is good with or without decanting, but I may give the decanted version a slight edge.
Weingut Karp-Schreiber My Karp Off Dry Riesling 2018, Germany (BC $19.99) – A medium intensity, clear lemon with green tint in the glass. A medium plus intensity nose, with intense sweet aromas of lemon and orange, petrol, and a touch of peach. No aromatic change with decanting. This wine is semi-sweet, round with a thicker mouthfeel and has a light acidic prickle to it. Sweet citrus, stone fruits, in particular peach, honey and petrol on the palate. A bit of steeliness on the finish, along with more sweet fruits and petrol. With decanting, the acidity and prickle seems a bit stronger, while fruit flavours stay the same.
Oops Carmenere 2018, Chile (BC $13.99) – A deep, dull garnet colour with a ruby tint, about 90% opaque. It has a medium intensity nose that is spicy along with red fruits, red cherries, and touches of raspberries and capsicum. With decanting you can add sweet spices and black fruit aromas. This wine is dry, has a medium minus body and a light mouth feel. Smooth. Flavours of red fruit, raspberries, plum and perfume mid palate, and light black fruits. Light fine tannins. Decanting has no changes to the fruit flavours, but the wine does feel a bit bigger. It has a medium length finishing very light, with no tannins, and a mix of red and black fruits.