Dick Benjamin checks the aroma of the Concannon Chardonnay
Dick Benjamin checks the aroma of the Concannon Chardonnay

Event: First Friday Time. What better way to avoid the cold winds of March. This tasting featured three really nice wines from Concannon and even an Eagleroo! (the Marquis Philips Holly’s Blend label features a kangaroo with an eagle’s head on it).

Dick Benjamin serves some Concannon Chardonnay to one of the many who attended
Dick Benjamin serves some Concannon Chardonnay to one of the many who attended

Here are the wines presented (click to see more):

  1. Trivento Torrontes 2008
  2. Marquis Philips Holly’s Blend 2008
  3. Concannon Chardonnay 2007
  4. Yellow & Blue Malbec 2007
  5. Concannon Zinfandel 2006
  6. Concannon Syrah 2006

 

Here are the detailed wine notes:
Trivento Torrontes 2008
What: Torrontes is known as “The Wine of Argentina.” Spicy with hints of citrus and anise. Crisp, refreshing.
Comments: Their site says “Our winery is named after the three winds that sweep through our vineyards, giving our grapes their unique character.
The icy Polar wind invades the vineyard in winter. Cold forces the sap deep within the vines. Pruning begins to encourage renewed growth.
The Zonda wind rushes down off the Andes from the West. Racing across open furrows, its warmth envelops each plant rousing the dormant sap to supply new, spring growth.

The third wind, the Sudestada, draws in from the East, fresh yet humid, in summer. It gives our grapes respite from the searing sun and eases berry ripening.”
From: Mendoza, Argentina
Winery: Trivento (Banfi)
Purchased: Wine World
Cost: $10.49
Size: 750ml
Year: 2008
Goes with: Aperitif, lighter dishes

Marquis Philips Holly’s Blend 2008
What: Citrus, melon, and lemon-lime aromas. Supple-textured and easy going. Ripe flavors balanced by crisp acidity. The label features a kangaroo with an eagle’s head. An “eagleroo”?
From: Australia
Winery: Marquis Philips
Size: 750ml
Year: 2008
Goes with: Grilled chicken breast and pineapple

Concannon Chardonnay 2007
What: Easy drinking, lightly-sweet white blend. Aromas and flavors of flowers, tropical fruits; a bright mid palate and a crisp, clean finish.
From: Australia
Winery: Concannon
Size: 750ml
Year: 2007
Goes with: Spicy Asiatic dishes

Yellow & Blue Malbec 2007
What: Fruity, juicy, great depth, light tannins, wonderful elegance and lightness. Serve lightly chilled if you wish.
Comments: This is an environmentally conscious winery specializing in organic wines and environmentally friendly packaging. Their web site says “Yes, life is full of compromises. But we don’t think wine lovers should have to choose between quality wine and a healthier planet.”
From: Mendoza, Argentina
Winery: Yellow & Blue
Size: 1L
Year: 2007
Goes with: Enjoy with sausages, roasted meats, cheeses, etc.

Concannon Zinfandel 2006
What: Solid, well-fruited, medium weight. Full, earthy dark berry aromas, flavors.
From: Central Coast, California
Winery: Concannon
Size: 750ml
Year: 2006
Goes with: Grilled sausage or rib steaks. Or a great pizza.

Concannon Syrah 2006
What: Full dark berry, blueberry fruit with syrah pepper hints and a touch of oak and smoky aspects. Easy finish. Value.
From: Central Coast, California
Winery: Concannon
Size: 750ml
Year: 2006
Goes with: Beef, burgers, bold cheeses

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