I love it when a food and wine pairing hits all cylinders. Moxie, my little cavewoman treated us to a Bison dish with garlic, ginger, green beans and Rainbow Chard. If you have never tried Bison, it’s a rather bland meat that takes well to marinade but is rather dry on the palate. Chard is a very crunchy yet bitter leafy vegetable that I have been totally digging lately. I needed something soft, somewhat sweet and not too tannic to balance the main components. Enter The Scooter. If you missed my last few posts, I am on a mission to taste the whole Mollydooker lineup. This one happens to be a Merlot that hides its 15.5% alcohol in a remarkable fashion. Albeit over the 2 year requirement for the MD Shake, I performed it anyway.
The wine is dark purple in the glass and gave off currant and blueberry on the nose. The initial attack had Blackcurrant, Pomegranate and blue jam. The currant and blue notes hit mid palate. The wine displayed a certain sweetness that I noticed in ‘The Two Left Feet’. Juicy acidity was perfectly suited to the pairing and the tannins were slight, which was the perfect due to the dryness of the Bison. The bitterness of the Chard was offset by the sweetness of the wine and the whole package melded greatly for me. It very approachable and is delivering a juicy, fruity wine that is sure to please any discerning palate. For $22 this is a veritable steal and gets 90 points from me making it a 5 star wine. If you live near me, sorry- I snagged all they had at the shops. Seriously, get some if it comes across your radar, you won’t be sorry. Salut….