The finale for the 21st Virtual Wine Tasting was this Super Tuscan blend of Cab Sav, Cab Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. With 6 years of age it is starting to show a touch of garnet in the glass that is 75% opaque. The group were torn on this wine, some liked the tertiary notes, others did not. The combined flavors and aromas of the group include red twizzlers, blackcurrant, blackberry, vanilla, cigar, manure, barnyard, old wood, musty old oak beams, charcoal and some dried herbs. Leather featured on the back end and I found this wine to be more complex on the nose versus the palate. Super smooth tannins get grippy on the finish and we felt the wine had low to medium acidity, medium body with a long finish. It was very layered and balanced, even if the tannins started to kick off on the very tail end. This wine will develop more tertiary notes and has the backbone to cellar for another 10 years easily. It calls for a rustic pasta dish with truffles. It was the big baller of the evening at $70, which makes it a 4 star wine for me at 92 points. Salut….
It’s pizza night- an Italian wine is in order. This Tuscan blend of Sangiovese, Cab Sav and Merlot is pale purple in the glass. The nose is of medium (+) intensity with strawberry, rhubarb, cherry cola, blackberry and woodsy spice. On the palate it is off-dry, brimming with those red/black fruit notes and medium (+) tannins that caress the gums. The wine has a nice acidity that is just enough to balance out the structure. I am enjoying the primary fruit flavors of this drop and it’s mid weight body. The mouthfeel, albeit a touch tannic, is really nice and refreshing. It’s going to rock my pepperoni pie. The finish is of decent length and leaves a good impression. This wine is drinking nicely now and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. At $15, I got a great deal and I’m going with 90 points. 5 stars in my book. Salut….
The second wine of the Birthday dinner at Chez Francois. This one was stunning. No notes were taken but I remember thinking that this is what being a wine lover is all about. Near perfection in the bottle. Rich, ripe, sumptuous, balanced, maturing yet showing youth and verve. This wine blends some Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc with the majority Sangiovese. It gets 94 points from me and 5 stars, even with its $125 current price tag. I believe I have one left in storage and will look forward to the next opportunity. Paired beautifully with Lamb Chops. Salut….
This is an interesting concept. Restaurant/winery that sources grapes worldwide and bottles them under its own label for sale in its own restaurants. Brilliant. Why didn’t I think of that? The food’s not bad either! This particular bottle was given to me by an old College friend. There is no vintage on the bottle, just some basic info, ie. 13.5% alcohol, and that it is a blend of Sangiovese, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Dark reddish purple in the glass. I’m not sure what to expect from this blend- I get some red berries and cherry on the nose, but only faint. The palate reveals currants, red fruits and some chewy tannins. The wine is obviously young, but has an acidic streak to match the tannins. The mid palate offers sour cherry and chocolate dust. The wine finishes nicely with more cherry and some spice. Not a bad drop- 89 points. $25 make this a 3 star wine that you could pair with Game, Roast Cornish Hens or maybe some Osso Bucco. This wine has no vintage so it is hard to say when to drink, but this particular bottle would have lasted till 2020. Salut….