Happy Saturday! I had some wonderful friends in from Grand Rapids last night and today, so I've been doing a lot of steps and now it's time to relax a bit before I head out to the Theater tonight. So why not open a bottle of good wine? Tonight it's the 2010 Helix Sangiovese from the Stillwater Creek Vineyard in the Columbia Valley of Washington. So let's see how this one stacks up!
The wine is a lovely garnet color in the glass with great clarity. The nose is a wonderful combination of dark fruit notes, plum and cherry with lovely overtones of fresh herbs and floral notes of lavender which strike me as a somewhat old school sort of Sangiovese. The taste is quite nice, with a rush of berry fruit and cherry cola that transitions nicely to some wonderful earthy spice notes midpalate. The tannins are nicely integrated, giving support to a very long and smooth dry finish.
Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 8, as it's a wonderful Sangiovese that I think would stand up to some of the finest Tuscan wines. This wine would pair well with a variety of hearty Italian dishes or roasts, which it good since tonight I am enjoying this wine with a wonderful seafood buccatini. Shrimp, scallops, PEI mussels and calamari sauteed in garlic and olive oil and then simmered in some San Marzano tomatoes with fresh basil and oregano then tossed with some al dente buccatini, yum!