Last night the Anuva team did a tasting of 8 different wines, all of which we carry right now, in order to really know our product well. We do serve these every day of course, but it would be a bit much to actually consume our product every day. Ironically, in the wine business, I have met many people who drink astonishing amounts of alcohol on a daily basis. Buyers at bottle shops who start drinking at 9am and don’t stop till 5 or 6pm when it’s quitting time. And amazingly they stay productive all day.

Last night we examined and did tasting notes for San Gimignano Chardonnay, Cabernet and Malbec, Mairena Torrontes, and Carinae Torrontes, Reserve Malbec and Reserve Cabernet. I am very happy to say that I am still very pleased with all of these products. All have something special about them.

But the creation of the tasting notes for these wines was the thing that made me laugh. On each wine, we took a moment to rack our brains and palates to see if we could come up with unique descriptors for each wine. It is very common for many red wines, for example to have dark fruit flavors. These are things like plum, cherry and blackberry. What we have to do is go a step farther than that if we are writing tasting notes. We have to find the baking spices, the type of pepper (red, white, black, cayenne), or the specific oak descriptor that a particular wine has. We also need to pay attention to the length of the wine and how the flavor evolves from the attack to the mid-palate, to the finish.

The most interesting comparison for me was between the Mairena Torrontes and the Carinae Torrontes. The Mairena has a more elegant feel and flavor. It’s lighter with really nice, dancing acidity, a soft nose of peaches and even bubble gum, and a really nice pear/peach/apricot mouth with a mineral finish. The Carinae however has more body and an absolutely HUGE nose. This wine you could smell from across the room. The floral aromas are of orange blossom and jasmin.

This surprised me because they are both from the same region of Argentina: Cafayate Valley, Salta, in the extreme northwest of the country. It just goes to show how important terroir and process is.