First Taste Of First Chilean Bucket Juice
Posted 21 July 2012 - 06:27 PM
Tons of vanilla thanks to the oak. That part was very nice.
There was almost no fruit in the nose or tasting. In fact, as far as nose, it smelled almost like an empty glass. You couldn't even smell the oak even though the taste of the oak was unmistakable.
It was bone dry. Not overly tannic, which I would expect given that there was no fruit to balance it. In spite of the lack of fruitiness, it didn't taste out of balance, just not the least bit fruity.
At 14 months, I can't say I'm disappointed in this wine, but I'm certainly not particularly impressed. I realize the "fruit" is primarily in the skins, which, being a pail of juice, this obviously lacked, but I did expect a little more fruit in it. I realize it may develop some in another year, but I'm skeptical that it had enough to start with.
Could be bottle-dumb since it's only 10 weeks since bottling, I suppose.
PS. This year, I started a Sangiovese and a Barbera. I added 1.5 pounds of zante currants to the Barbera.
Posted 22 July 2012 - 10:54 AM
AGING: 2012 Chardonnay Champagne. AWAITING BARREL: Inlaws CV Zin, Lake County Montepulciano and Zin
BARRELING: FO/AO - Yakima Valley Pinot Noir 12, CS and Merlot 11, HO - CV Rhone blend 11
Freshly bottled: Chilean Carmenere "Bordeaux" blend 2010
Posted 22 July 2012 - 01:20 PM
Posted 22 July 2012 - 06:36 PM
Posted 24 July 2012 - 01:23 PM
There's a couple of tannin products out there that claim to help bring the fruit back out, but I don't know if they work or not.
AR 2000 being one of them, although I can't say it did anything noticable for me when I tried it.
Posted 24 July 2012 - 02:31 PM
Posted 25 July 2012 - 07:58 AM
not sure what might happen with a red.
Interesting, upon looking at the data sheet it saying it's not recommend for reds. I'd still be interested in seeing what it would do though.....
Posted 26 July 2012 - 10:47 AM
The sangiovese(nothing added) has decent fruit, though not as much as one might expect from the grape.
I'll have to really think before I order more pails to decide if it's worth the investment.
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