Thursday, March 19, 2015

2011 Dolianum Dogliani San Mate

Well, here's another Italian wine the I bought from Wines Till Sold Out a while back, the 2011 Dolianum Dogliani San Mate, a dolcetto based wine from Piedmont.  The San Mate designation originates from a document found in the Dogliani City archives from the late 16th century which specifies that grapes from this vineyard cannot be picked before San Matteo's Day, which is September 21.

Well now that we've dispensed with the trivia, let's get to the wine!  The wine has a lovely deep ruby color in the glass with nice clarity.  The nose is very interesting, with some sweet notes of plum and blackberry and some earthy, meaty aromas as well as a subtle floral undertone.  The taste is very nice, a rush of cherry cola and black plum transitions nicely to some tea leaves and black pepper spice midpalate.  The finish is very smooth and very dry, but the tannins are quite subdued, making this one a pleasure to sip all afternoon.

Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 8, it's very easy drinking and a solid value at just $13.  Tonight I am enjoying this wine with a simple midweek dinner of butternut squash ravioli with a creamy mushroom alfredo sauce, but this wine would pair well with a nice steak, hearty Italian pasta dishes, or a simple pizza.  Cheers!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

2008 Audius Rioja

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  Yeah, I know I should be falling down drunk on green beer, but I really haven't been much of a beer drinker since college, though I can open a nice bottle of wine to celebrate!  Tonight it's the 2008 Audius Rioja, a lovely tempranillo from Spain that I think has a good chance of pairing well with a traditional Irish dinner.

The wine is lovely garnet color in the glass, with an inky purple near the center.  The nose is a fantastic smoky aroma of bright red fruit, cherry, raspberry and red plum over the faintest hints of leather and vanilla.  The taste is wonderfully fruit forward with flavors of cherry cola, blackberry and cassis, that easily transition to some spice notes of white pepper midpalate.  The tannins are softly structured but they still give nice backbone to the long, smooth and very dry finish.

Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 8, it's a very nice Rioja at a terrific price as I bought this one from Wines Till Sold Out for just $13.  Tonight I am enjoying this with, what else?  Corned beef and stinky cabbage, along with red potatoes and carrots that have been simmering in the slow cooker since this morning!  If you choose not to have beer, I can think of few better wines to go with this Irish fare than a lighter, dry and very fruit forward wine like this.  Erin go bragh!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

2013 VitaLuce Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon

Well, it's selection Sunday, and I just watched the entire NCAA basketball bracket revealed on CBS, so now it's time for a glass of wine and get to making dinner!  Tonight I've opened a bottle of 2013 VitaLuce Cellars Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon, a recent purchase from Wines Till Sold Out.  It's a young Cabernet, but given this wine from Paso Robles was primarily from grapes on the west side of the appellation, I thought it might be just a bit more interesting despite its youth and inexperience.

The wine is a lovely garnet color in the glass, with a violet hue and great clarity.  The nose is somewhat fruity, with some jammy plum and blackberry notes overlaid with some lovely earthy notes of toasted oak, cedar and a touch of mint.  The taste is quite nice, with a rush of jammy fruit up front, blackberry and cassis that quickly subsides into some baking spice and dark chocolate midpalate.  The well structured tannins make for a long, smooth, very dry finish that dare you to take another sip.

Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 8, it's a very nice Cabernet and a terrific value at just $13!  Tonight I am enjoying this wine with a classic Sunday dinner of a rare bacon wrapped filet with some garlic mashed potatoes and steamed asparagus.  The fruit and minerality of this wine are perfect against the richness of a great steak.  Cheers!