Wednesday, January 27, 2016

2013 Michel-Schlumberger Napa Valley Red Wine

Do you know what day it is? Oh yeah, it's hump day!  I just got back from the gym and now I'm ready for a carnivorous dinner, and what goes better with such a meal than a nice red wine?  Tonight I've opened a bottle of 2013 Michel-Schlumberger Napa Valley red wine, a blend of Syrah, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Malbec from a great Napa vintage from the Mt. Veeder and Atlas Peak appellations.

The wine is a lovely deep ruby color in the glass with great clarity.  The nose evokes aromas of ripe red berries, blackberry, red currant and plum overlaid with lovely notes of leather and oak,  The taste is just lovely, with a blast of fruit up front, blackberry, ripe plum and tart cherry that transition effortlessly to some cherry cola and mineral notes midpalate.  The finish is very nice with a reprise of ripe fruit along with some robust mineral flavors of limestone and basalt.  The tannins are firm and nicely structured, supporting the long, smooth and very dry finish.

Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 8.5, with great structure and wonderful fruit notes, and a great value (I bought this one from Wines Till Sold Out for just $17!).  Tonight I am enjoying this wine with a classic pairing of rare grilled Angus New York Strip, topped with some grilled organic leeks along with grilled maroon carrots, baked potato with all the fixin's and some steamed broccoli.  What a way to celebrate hump day, cheers!

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