Sunday, August 2, 2015

2012 Luna Cabernet Sauvignon

Happy Sunday!  I spend much of the day relaxing, even taking a nap this afternoon as the dog days of summer really wear me out sometimes.  So now that I've started preparing dinner I thought I'd open a bottle of 2012 Luna California Cabernet Sauvignon, a wine I recently purchased through an offer from Vivino, so let's see how it is!  This particular Cabernet Sauvignon (85%) is blended with Malbec (10%), Petit Sirah (2.5%) and Petite Verdot (2.5%).

The wine is a beautiful bright ruby in the glass with great clarity.  The nose presents aromas of oak, leather, blackberry and baking spice.  The taste is classic California Cabernet with some lovely fruit notes up front, blackberry and plum that transitions to some mineral notes of tobacco and dusty limestone midpalate.  The tannins are well integrated providing for a long, smooth and very dry finish.

Overall I would rate this wine a solid 8, it's drinking nicely now, but would likely improve with a few years in the cellar.  It was also a pretty good value at $18.  This wine is ideal for steak, which is a good thing since I'm grilling a rare Kansas City cut Angus New York Strip for dinner tonight, along with some grilled veggies and fresh sliced tomatoes, a perfect summer meal.  Cheers!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

2005 Recoletas Reserva Ribera del Duero

Well, it's the first of August and it's Saturday, so that could only mean one thing, it's Cellar Saturday!  That wonderful time I raid the cellar to find something interesting to drink.  Tonight, after a hard day of yard work I've decided to open a bottle of 2005 Recoletas Reserva Ribera del Duero, a lovely Spanish Tempranillo I recently bought from Wines Till Sold Out.  Now keep in mind for this wine, I did not decant it, but it does open up nicely within an our or two of the first pour.

The wine is a beautiful deep garnet in the glass, with nice clarity.  The nose is a lovely combination of blackberry jam, leather, dark chocolate and dried flowers.  The taste is a dramatic departure from your expectations on the nose, rather than a jammy fruit bomb, you are treated with some lovely cherry cola and dark chocolate notes at the outset that transition effortlessly to some coarse mineral notes midpalate.  The tannins are perfectly balanced on the finish, which reprises some of those fruit expectation with hints of strawberry jam on the long, lush and  very dry finish.

Overall I would rate this wine a solid 8, as it's drinking quite nicely and was an exceptional value at just $16!  Tonight I am pairing this wine with a classic bone-in Angus ribeye topped with grilled leeks, baked potato and some steamed green beans.  The balance of fruit and acidity in this wine make it ideal paired with a bold red meat dish, but it would also be nice with small plates and cheeses.  Cheers!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

2012 Havens Black and Blue Napa Valley Red Wine

Well, the week is winding down, and I just need to open a descent bottle of wine to enjoy with dinner tonight.  I just picked up tonight's offering from Wines Till Sold Out as I saw a notice and couldn't pass of up nice red blend from the stellar 2012 vintage in Napa Valley, so let's see what we have!

The wine is a very deep ruby color in the glass, almost black at the center.  The nose is a pleasant combination of oak, leather, tobacco and a bit of cassis that is typical of modern Napa Valley red wine offerings.  The taste was quite nice, with tart cherry and blackberry exploding at the outset, with a smooth transition to some dried herb notes midpalate.  The tannins have some room to develop, yet they still provide a nice foundation to the long, smooth dry finish.

Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 8, it's very pleasant drinking now, but will likely evolve a bit with a few years in the cellar.  This was also a very nice bargain at $18, making it a candidate for everyday drinking.  Tonight I am enjoying this with a classic Napa red wine pairing of a rare grilled bone-in Angus ribeye, baked potato and grilled heirloom beets and carrots.  The fruit really balances the heartiness of the steak, while the acidity is a nice complement to the sweetness of the root vegetables.  Cheers!