Blind tasting reviews are a fun game to play with restaurant sommeliers and wine nerds across town. I pour a glass from a mystery bottle and ask them to review it blind. By not knowing what the wine is or who represents it, hopefully, an honest-no-bs-review is achieved.
Come inside and read the review of our next contestant…
Roberto Picchi is the wine director at Don Francesco Ristorante. He grew up in restaurants, with his family following his father, a chef, around the country. He’s now a 30-year veteran of the industry, having worked in Victoria, Whistler and Italy.
Fort Berens Estate Winery Meritage 2010
Country/Region: BC VQA
Winemaker: Fort Berens Estate Winery
Appearance: Ruby/cherry coloured.
Nose: Earthy, old-school smelling, heavy alcohol – which I like – cherry, plum and peppery tobacco.
Palate: Tobacco, caramel, high tannins, ripe red apple jawbreaker, cherry, and plum. Good intensity and a grippy finish.
Assessment of Quality: Very nice quality. Drink now, or hold it short term. It’s a food wine – a ripe cheese to soften it would be perfect. Decanting for 30 minutes would smooth out the tannins.
Further Comments Upon Reveal: I had no idea – Lillooet?! Hats off to them! I am blown frickin’ away!
Availability: Winery direct or in select private liquor stores.
Pricing: $28 from the winery.