Capuchon Fifille 2014

  Full-Bodied White Wine 2014  USA (California, Central Coast, Santa Inez Valley)    Grenache Blanc    15% alc.      Serve at 48-53ºF (9-12ºC)   WINC Back to Wines to Learn To keep in mind You can learn about white wines. For some beginners, the fact that a white wine can be full-bodied may be surprising. This is because of the most common way our taste for wine evolves. First we prefer whites, then, as our palate accustoms to more tannins and higher levels of alcohol, we start to appreciate reds. It happens in a similar way with beer… Usually we do not like the bitter taste at the beginning… And then, we love the hoppy taste more and more.  Thus, this wine is a second step in white wine comprehension. This wine is not especially fruity, nor is it very fresh (or acidic) and it has high alcohol content… So, an unexpected special wine for beginners (and not-so-novice). The mouthfeel is of a full-bodied wine and you can learn about minerality, as the fruitiness is not overwhelming. This is more like a European-style wine (aka Old World Style).  The alcohol also provides a rich and smooth feeling: even after swallowing you still notice the warmth. If you want to “see” the alcohol, pay attention to the “tears” that will appear in the glass after swirling it. The main aromas are grapefruit, melon, sweet lime, honey and slate.  This wine can be a “total meal”. I’m a great fan of drinking wine by itself without any accompaniment, or at least jut taking a couple of sips to concentrate on its flavors. It is not the typical white...

Bodegas Volver Triga

  Full-Bodied Red Wine 2012  SPAIN (Alicante)   Monastrell (aka mourvèdre) 85% –  Cabernet sauvignon 15%    15.5% alc.      Serve at 60-68ºF (16-20ºC)   Bodegas Volver           Wine-Searcher Back to Wines to Learn To keep in mind You can learn about the body of wine. As soon as you have this bottle in your hands, you will notice its body. From the heavy and sturdy bottle to the intense and deep purple color (remember: deep is when you cannot see your finger in the other side of the glass when you tilt it). And then, in your mouth, you will feel what a full-bodied wine is, fulfilling all your sensory spots. Hint: to feel the body, get some wine and make your tongue swim in the liquid. When the wine is full body you get a silky, soft sensation.  Also, you can learn how weather and winemaking affect the wine. 2012 was a hot year, even for this region. As a result, they got a high-alcohol wine, plenty of ripe flavor. On the other hand, this wine was made in stainless steel vats (which makes the wine fresher) and also aged in oak barrel for 20 months, giving to the wine news aromas and tastes. All of this said, this wine seems to have everything: the force of a full-bodied wine really touched by the sun, the fresh fruits and floral aromas altogether with a well-balanced taste between acid, fruits, alcohol and tannins. This wine reached 94 points in Wine Spectator. The main mouthfeel you will get is a dense finish, powerful but velvety tannins (the bitter sensation in wine) and also a...