For the next installment of Wine Blogging Wednesday, our monthly virtual wine tasting, event founder Lenn has teamed with Alberto of the monthly Is My Blog Burning? for a special event entitled Fabulous Favorites Festival. On May 19th all of us wine bloggers (and some podcasters) will dive into our cellars for a bottle and then find a recipe to pair with it. The reverse is the case for food bloggers (or podcasters). Sounds like a great plan and I hope to be able to entice a food podcaster to participate with meÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¦ stay tuned.
Archives for April 2006
De La Montanya, Zinfandel, Sack Vineyard Russian River Valley 2004 ($32/sample) – Dark purple in color with blackberry and plum aromas coming through quite a lot of cedar. Lots of dark fruit and pepper flavors that barely balance the alcohol, but the thick, rich mouthfeel and lack of noticeable tannins is intriguing. Finishes hot with a slightly raisony aftertaste, but nothing objectionable. For lovers of big Zin’s only and not one to match well with food. Drink now before the fruit goes away.
Beaulieu Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2001 ($17) – Garnet in color with aromas of black cherry and spice. Black cherry, mint and black pepper flavors with moderate tannins and a nice dusty finish. A nice Cab to have around for everyday drinking. Score: 8.5/10
Les Vignerons du Mont-Ventoux, ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œGrange des DamesÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚? rouge, Cotes du Ventoux 2000 (~$10/gift) ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ Since my parents are again in France, I pulled out a gift from a previous trip some years ago. The back label states this red to be a blend of 50% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 20% Carignan and 10% Cinsault. Dark ruby in color with a funky earthy nose of rhubarb, spice and a touch of Brett. Strawberry, leather and tar flavors with smooth tannins. Could use some more fruit, but pretty interesting anyway. Most likely would have shown better a couple years back so drink ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“em if you have ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“em. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œBarn of the LadiesÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚? seems like an apt name for this one 🙂 Score: 7.5/10