Happy Tuesday! Man how the weather can change, it has been hot and dry and we desperately needed rain (my grass and bushes were suffering severely!) but now it's rained the last three days and turned markedly cooler, the high today was only 48 and it was down in the 30s last night! Oh well, that means it's a good time to open a nice bottle of red wine, and tonight it's the 2013 V. Sattui Family Red wine from Napa Valley, a blend of mainly Zinfandel with a bit of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec. So let's see how it tastes!
The wine is a nice deep garnet color in the glass, The nose is chock full of green grass, ripe berries and some earthy peat and oak. The taste is quite nice, with a rush of black fruit up front, blackberry, cherry and plum that transitions nicely to some notes of spice box and pepper. The tannins are somewhat subdued, but the wine still has a nice, smooth dry finish.
Overall, I would rate this wine a 7.5, it's a nice everyday wine that's a decent value at about $20. With the Zinfandel component, this wine would pair well with many summer dinners, from barbecue to burgers to pizza, but tonight I'm enjoying it with a rare grilled New York Strip with grilled leeks, haricots verts almondine and some couscous. Cheers!