Well, the weekend it over, I survived the time change and am just enjoying a glass of wine before dinner. Tonight it's the 2005 Vitaluce Cellars Quintos red wine from Paso Robles, a classic Bordeaux style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (50%), Petit Verdot (15%), Cabernet Franc (15%), Merlot (10%) and Malbec (10%).
The wine is a deep, inky purple color in the glass, with a bit of opacity given its age. The nose is reminiscent of a classic Bordeaux, with lovely ripe berries, fig and blackberry compote over hints of green grass and smoke. The taste is quite fruit forward with some ripe berries and cherry cola flavors up front that transition to some lovely notes of mocha, dark chocolate and earthy flavors of dusty granite midpalate. The tannins are nicely structured, lending support for the long and exceptionally dry finish.
Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 8, as it's a very pleasant blend that's easy drinking and a great value - I bought this one from Wines Till Sold Out for just $13 in the recent cheapskate marathon. Tonight I am enjoying this wine with a classic winter comfort food, tuna casserole! I can't even begin to suggest parings for this dish, but a nice red wine will brighten up even the most pedestrian of American dishes! Cheers!