In session 2 of my WSET level 2 class, we started focusing on learning more about specific varietals. Tonight, we focused on Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. It’s impossible to learn everything that you need to know about these varietals in only 3 hours, but I still managed to soak a lot in.
I learned the difference between Pouilly-Fumé and Pouilly-Fuissé (Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay), or how to figure out if it was the left bank or right bank of Bordeaux that is dominantly Merlot or Cab. I tasted wines that didn’t necessarily wow me, but really showed how terroir can affect a wine’s taste.
Tonight’s Tasting Line Up (I realize the pictures I took tonight were not that great…sorry guys!) * means my winner of the flight
Sauvignon Blanc Flight:
2016 Honig Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, CA
*2016 Reverdy Sancerre, Loire Valley, France
2014 Robert Mondavi Napa Chardonnay, Napa, CA (this tasted like yogurt and bread…so weird, but would be fabulous with buttered mashed potatoes!)
*2015 Simonnet-Febvre Chablis, Burgundy, France
Pinot Noir Flight:
2015 Kim Crawford Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand
*2014 Vincent Giradin Bourgogne Rouge, Burgundy, France
Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot Flight:
**2014 Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, CA (winner of the night)
2011 Chateau Larose-Trintaudon, Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux France (Cru Bourgeois)
Next week, Syrah, Grenache, Riesling, Other White Varieties!