Happy Wine Wednesday! Hump day is always a reason to celebrate and when you bring a bottle of wine even more so! Tonight I've decided to open a bottle I recently purchased from Wines Till Sold Out on their Napa Valley marathon, what's not to like about red wine from Napa? The 2010 Long Meadow Ranch Bootstrap Napa Valley Red Wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (62%), Sangiovese (21%) and Petite Sirah (17%), so let's see what this one has to offer!
The wine is a deep ruby color in the glass, somewhat lighter than the typical Cabernet which isn't surprising given the addition of Sangiovese. The nose is a rush of minerality, with some notes of dusty limestone and leather intermingled with some ripe cherry and notes of green pepper. The taste is a rush of ripe berries and cherry cola that linger on the tongue, followed by some mineral and spice notes midpalate. The finish is quite nice, with well structured tannins providing for a long, smooth and very dry finish.
Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 8, it's a very pleasant drinking wine at a decent price of just $25. This wine would pair will with a variety of hearty Italian dishes, from linguine with mussels to a classic baked ziti, but tonight I am enjoying this wine with a simple dinner of prime ribeye grilled rare with some grilled Brussels sprouts and organic rainbow carrots. The wine really complements the richness of the carrots and the heartiness of the steak. Cheers!