Friday, May 03, 2013

First Time Tasting An 18 Year Old

Nakatikim ka na ba ng disi-otso?
Have you tasted an 18yr-old? Yes? No?
Well, I have! My first time!

Meet Monfort (Village), a Semillon Semi-Dry White wine 1995 from Israel. Stashed somewhere only my friend knows, this bottle has faced a very interesting experience from its journey from the north to the center of the earth.

Notes:
Monfort
Semillon 1995
Semi-Dry
White Wine
Alcohol Content Unknown (ooooh)

This is one case of wine that was left to age for too long. White wines are not supposed to be kept this long. The full-bodied color was a little dark and the cork - oh my. The cork has softened tremendously and it split in the middle while my friend was pulling it off. Oh the beautiful panic that ensued afterwards was entertaining. We rushed to get some containers and the finest coffee/tea filters were brought out. We basically transferred the whole thing from the bottle to the tumbler. Trying to only taste our 18 year old and keep the rest, we ended up finishing the whole thing. Two people emptying one bottle of wine has become very common.

The taste was really good. It was my first time tasting semillon and this is waaay better than the next bottle we had. Not sure if all semillons are like this, I have one unopened from Australia but not sure if it's also because of the age? The semillon was very easy to drink, you can finish one bottle without noticing it. I can't say if it's the same as drinking your favorite beverage while watching the constellations above and seeing a shooting star in the process but boy, it was that good!

When I saw Wine Folly's color chart, I quickly identified it to be the one in the middle. Upon zooming it in, it's perfect - the full-bodied color of the wine was for semillon.
Zooom zooom.
Next bottle on the list is a very new Terra Vega Chardonnay 2012 sealed with a cork. Terra Vega also offer a sweet version of Sauvignon Blanc and the sales person was talking me to buy it over their Gossips Sweet Lips (Moscato) because the latter only has 5% (for kids). Unfortunately, I grabbed the chardonnay instead of the sweet version of sauvignon blanc. Reading labels should be easy, right? Not when you're in a hurry, though. :/


Notes:
Terra Vega
Chardonnay 2012
White Wine
12.5%


My friend says this one tastes better than Hardys as it doesn't have that sour after-taste. Chardonnays can be drank alone (referring to food not to solo-drinking, you alcoholic reader) but when it's not that chilled anymore, you can actually taste the kick of the alcohol. 12.5% is good with white meat or salad, although it's best enjoyed with awesome company. I would probably get another bottle of Terra Vega just to prove my point, compare it side-by-side with other chardonnays, and finally know which bottle is good for bringing to parties even if no one drinks wine in that party (at least you can drink it if no one wants it!).

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