Lab Rat Report
2008 Bodegas Paso Robles Pimenteiro
So, this was another less-than-perfect wine tasting scenario, but a LabRat has to do what a LabRat has to do, given the constraints of getting things done by press time!
It was my wife’s birthday party and there were 16 of us celebrating at the summer camp on a lovely island in Lake Winnipesaukee. A total of ten in the party really wanted to taste, so it was clear from the start that this was not going to be a long, dragged-out-over-dinner, sharing and exchanging experiences of how this wine interacted with foods and time over the extent of a full evening. Some of the tasters like and know their red wines, while others prefer whites, and still others are somewhere in between or elsewhere. We opened the bottle and pretty much poured it all out among the proffered glasses.
I don’t think anyone disliked the wine, but I also think that there wasn’t much enthusiasm among the tasters to go out of their way or to pay a lot to get this wine again. I think part of the issue might have been that people might have been expecting a big, rich red wine since they were part of this important, nationwide wine testing and then they were underwhelmed by a lighter, more subtle wine, but then I also think they were pretty accurate in their overall conclusions.
Here are a few select comments:
- hint of cherry, slow start, but somewhat stronger finish;
- watery, yet still a bit zingy, and not chocolaty;
- a hint of oak;
- ordinary, yet pleasant;
- lighter that I like;
- starts like a Yugo, finishes like a Fiat (not sure where that one was going);
- light, but kind of zingy;
- tastes like an under $15 dinner wine.
I’m not sure what to conclude from all the input except that this isn’t a big, robust red dinner wine ready to take on whatever you put it up against. I personally liked it more, I think, than most of my co-tasters, but I agree that it is not particularly a “stand out” in terms of color, aroma or taste. We had some nice appetizers such as goat cheese with basil in olive oil and another herb and cream cheese dip while tasting, however, and I do think the wine held up to these strong flavors. I know that I will remember this wine and if I see it at a reasonable price in a store I will not hesitate to purchase it. Thanks once more wine.woot!