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Chateau Gobert

Posted by wino johnny, Mar 23, 2009.

Hello All,

I am new to snooth and I stumbled on this site in search of information on Chateau Gobert 2005 Bordeaux. I am very intrigued by the Bordeaux's and I've actually learned quite a bit in my internet search.

I've been a very casual wine drinker for years now and I know what I like when I drink it, but I find myself frustrated quite frequently because of my lack of basic wine knowledge. I am also a HUGE fan of the Argentinian Malbecs as well as Carmenere's from Chile.

I would like to know the proper way to review wines. I am very green to all of the different descriptions ie. fruits and berries etc. I think I understand terms such as "tannic" ,"mouthfeel" and "finish" but I really don't know how to express my impressions.

For instance, earlier I had a Malbec San Rafael Famiglia 2006 and the way I described it is: "I really like this one. Very "earthy" full mouth feel. Maybe currant is the over riding flavor?"

I really like "earthy" tasting wines. Right after, however, I finally tasted the Chateau Gobert 2005 Bordeaux and, although I like it, I am at a loss as to how to describe it. I do know from my research that it is mostly Merlot with more Cabernet Franc than Cabernet Sauvignon but I can't describe it. It's actually a very good, cheap wine and I would love to review it but I'm not quite sure how. Any pointers would be greatly appreciated.


Reply by deconut, Mar 23, 2009.

Hi and welcome to Snooth! This is a wonderful site with lots of knowledgeable people - take advantage and ask lots of questions - they are always willing to help - Reach out to people in your area - post again and tell people where you live and they will help!! In the meantime, I recommend, depending on where you live looking into taking a real wine course. If you live somewhere that does not lend itself to that, there are plenty of online sights that can at least give you a basic knowledge - check out the Wine Spectator School - it is very basic but a good head start. Your best bet is to mention where you are from in the forums and many Snooth users will help you in your area - we have a great community here - I am sure you will find that out!! Welcome again!! Good luck! Toni

Reply by wino johnny, Mar 24, 2009.

Thanks for the reply. I forgot to mention I'm from Dallas. I've been to a few wine tastings here and I just started keeping track of my wines on Wine Spectator so I'll look into the school you mentioned as well as resources in Dallas. Thanks again!

Reply by kimkat, Apr 12, 2009.

In Dallas, Cork Wines in the West Village area has some Wine 101 classes. Their website is not particularly user friendly, but you can see a schedule there or you can call or go by the store and get a class schedule. They send out e-mails of events, tastings, and classes. Neat tasting concept they have there too. Veritas Wine Room, 2323 N. Henderson, also has a number of tastings, usually on Saturdays. At both Cork and Veritas there are nice people and you can just pick their brains if they aren't swamped. There is also a website and e-mail newsletter called DFW Wine Events where you can find out what is going on around DFW. Salud!

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