May 01 2009
Varietal: Red Table Wine (Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot)
Region: Virginia – USA
Deep red coloring and a big nose are followed by ripe, jammy fruit flavors with a finish of aggressive tannins.
Recommendation: I’ve been staring at this bottle of wine in my cellar for a while, and I finally opened it up. I’m really wondering what took me so long. The deep red color and big nose of the wine will entice anybody that likes a bold wine, and the aggressive tannins of the finish almost dare you to drink some more. I’m not usually a fan of more fruit forward wines, and this certainly isn’t one, but the flavors are certainly of ripe, jammy fruit that is both a nice compliment to the finish.
I paired this wine with a pasta dish with a roasted red pepper cream sauce, and while it went well with the smokiness of that flavor, I would recommend pairing it with something juicier like a medium steak or perfectly cooked lamb. If you like bolder wines this one will be great for enjoying by itself, but if you prefer smoother wines, this one will probably only suit you for pairing with food. Either way, I enjoyed this wine and and for the price it’s a great wine. Definitely worth checking out.
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