My Wine Tasting Notes
Modest Wines by Jove Sangiovese 2019 (BC $29.99)
From Mt. Boucherie, “Our first “Super-Okanagan”, first basked in the sun-drenched, sage-scented slopes of the black sage bench. 95% Sangiovese with a dash of Okanagan’s most prolific grape thrown in for some balance…” That would be Merlot. Super-Okanagan is a take-off on the term Super-Tuscan, which is a wine from Tuscany made with Sangiovese and lesser amounts of one or more other noble grape varieties.
Nose: A medium intensity sweet nose, with a mix of sweet spices, sweet red fruits, candied raspberries, cinnamon and cedar, along with a hint of floral with swirling. You still get sweet fruit aromas and sweet spices after decanting. You can add some blackberry aromas and maybe drop the floral.
Palate: Dry and soft with a light, lean body. Lower acidity and very light tannins. Smoky red fruits and raspberry flavours, along with some toastiness and a hint of floral. A lighter mouthfeel on the mid-palate. The wine gets a little bit of roundness with decanting. Red cherries, and either sage or another related herb, along with the other mentioned flavours. There is some black pepper on the mid-palate and some minerality as well.
Finish: A medium-length finishing with a mix of red fruits, tart red fruits, some toastiness, light black pepper and oak, and light tannins.
Either decanted or undecanted versions of this wine are good, but I would give a slight edge to the undecanted version.
Modest Wines Little Green Red Petit Verdot 2018 (BC $29.99 SOLD OUT)
Nose: A light intensity nose with enticing smoky, bacon, ripe black fruit and cassis aromas, along with touches of sweet spices and oak, and tea leaves with air. With decanting there are more obvious cedar and vanilla aromas, plus ripe black fruit. Unfortunately, I did not get any smoky, bacon, cassis, or tea leaves. The undecanted version has nicer aromas in my opinion.
Palate: Dry, but silky smooth and round with a thicker mouthfeel. Lower acidity along with fine-grained light tannins. Black fruits to start with smokiness on the mid-palate. A touch of floral, raspberries, and vanilla with swirling. Still silky smooth with raspberries, black fruits, and some smokiness with decanting. The acidity may be a bit stronger but the body is a little lighter.
Finish: A longer length finishing with lingering black fruit and touches of floral and black pepper. The tannins do get a little firmer and drying on the finish.