Monday, June 1, 2009

Bianchi & Two Angels

I recently had the opportunity to meet and speak with Robert Pepi, the master wine maker for Valentin Bianchi wines from Argentina and Two Angels wines from Napa, CA. We compared similar grapes from each country including a Sauvignon Blanc from Argentina and one from Lake County, CA. The Bianchi Sauvignon Blanc had a mixture of herbal aromas, fresh cut grass, avocado and pear along with pink grapefruit and white peach. The Two Angles Sauvignon Blanc had a more intensely fruit forward nose of lemon peel, gooseberry, dried thyme and sage. The palate also had lemon along with melon and kiwi and a hint of basil.

There was also a comparison of Bianchi Malbec to a Two Angels Petite Sirah.
The 2006 Malbec is a purpleish red colored wine with intense plum, cherries and red berry aromas. The flavors mimic the aromas. The finish is long and silky. The 2006 Petite Sirah from Two Angels is "dark as night" and boasts aromas of dark berry, violets and pomegranate. There is an abundance of fruit flavors that are integrated with toasted oak and roasted coffee undertones.

In addition, we tasted Mr. Pepi's personal label, The Eponymous Cabernet 2004 and the 2003 Red Wine MacAllister Vineyard. The 2004 Cabernet is a full-bodied Cabernet that is rich, full and round from the initial taste that leads to a long, lingering finish. There nose starts off with plum and violets along with some currants. These aromas follow through on the palate along with some coffee and nutmeg.

The 2003 Red Wine MacAllister Vineyard is a scarlet colored wine from the Mayacamas Range near Sonoma and has a complex aroma of cassis, spicy oak and raspberries. The aromas follow through on the palate along with a hint of chocolate and rhubarb.

I highly recommend you tracking down wines from all of these wineries, or contact Quintessential Wines.

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