Friday is here! Whoo Hooooo! So what are Fridays for besides having a bit of relaxation and a nice bottle of wine? And tonight's wine is a nice bottle that like me is simply a day late and a buck short, as this bottle would have been wildly appropriate last night, for Halloween, the 2011 Dearly Beloved I Thee Red wine from California, a nice blend of red varietals from the Central Coast. As I recall, this wine had a lot going for it when I picked it up at Trader Joe's a year or so ago, not the least of which was the painted label with the creepy skull!
The wine itself is somewhat lighter and very clear, with a bright ruby countenance. The nose is very pleasant with some rich, ripe berries on top, with a hint of tart cherry, tar and green grass. The taste has some nice ripe fruit up front that lingers to some real jamminess mid palate, along with some hints of oak and vanilla bean. The finish was somewhat lackluster, as the lingering fruit was offset by some modestly developed tannins that made for a smooth, semi-dry finish, that overall was quite pleasant.
I would rate this wine a solid 7.5, it wasn't spectacular to drink, but it was pleasant and a great value at under $10 from Trader Joe's as I recall. Tonight I am enjoying this wine with a classic worked late and just got home Friday dinner, or pepperoni pizza with a few peperoncinis in the side. The fruit of the wine really balances the spice of the pizza, yummy and warm for a cold rainy night, cheers!