After decades of tastings, you would think I would know my likes and dislikes. A blind tasting is a way to be brutally honest with yourself so what I learned from our recent blind tasting at Mambo in New Haven I’d like to share with my fellow wine lovers.
Americans supposedly say dry but drink sweet. Well, I don’t think I fit that profile but based on my selections at the blind tasting, I preferred the light, juicy style of garnacha. I thought I would have liked the macho style of monastrell, but the 3 examples presented, although in and of themselves great wines, did not appeal to me. I really loved the 3 garnachas and a close 2nd was the Vivanco Rioja. I usually love tempranillo but the other 2 did nothing for me. In fact I thought the Toro tempranillo was a monastrell.
So that’s what I learned. But guess what: my taste preferences are different than the other 49 people at the event and I hope all of them came away with a better understanding of what they like in a wine, not what others say about the wine. Remember: Trust Your Senses! Incidentally the dinner and service at Mambo was phenomenal! Check out this restaurant soon.
Wines Served at the Blind Tasting
AltoVinum Evodio DO Calatayud 2012 $10
Zestos DO Madrid 2011 $9
Ateca DO Calatayud 2011 $16
Vivanco DO Rioja 2008 $16
Manuel Campos DO Valencia 2012 $9
Prima DO Toro $18
Juan Gil DO Jumilla 2011 $16
Viña Honda DO Jumilla 2007 $10
Tarima Volver DO Alicante2010 $15