Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Follow-up: We gave this wine a second try and opened another bottle this past week. This bottle was better than the first as far as the overbearing alcohol. However, I still think it is overpriced and not as nice as many other sauvignon blancs on the market. This is still a pass.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
We purchased 2 bottles of the La Mascota Malbec by Bodegas Santa Ana but accidentally picked a 2004 and a 2005. Bodegas Santa Ana has been producing wines for over 100 years in the Mendozza region of Argentina. This turned out to be a great opportunity to try two vintages side-by-side. The 2004, although a year older, was not as intense and tasty as the 2005. The 2005 had a very pleasant blackberry and cherry aroma followed by blackberry and plum tastes with a hint of licorice and spices. The tannins were smooth. This is a full-bodied wine that you could cellar for a few more years. Be sure to decant this prior to serving. It was aged for 15 months in new French oak and American oak barrels. We served these wines with a coconut curry chicken dish and the wines complemented the spices well. Could also go well with grilled meats or even stronger cheeses like my wife's favorite Gruyere. Pass on the 2004.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Parco San Marco Resort in Cima di Porlezza, Italy overlooking Lake Lugano the sommelier recommended a bottle of 2001 Plenum Quartus by Dievole. It is a 50% Sangiovese from Tuscany and 50% Touringa Franca, a grape that is originally from Portugal. This mix is medium to full bodied with an intense plum aroma and a berry taste with some light spices and soft tannins. This is a great wine if you can find it. We specially ordered it for $35/bottle. This wine would pair nicely with most foods including grilled chicken or pork tenderloin, pasta dishes or an italian risotto. This is still one of my wife's favorite wines. When we are planning a special evening, this is the wine. Although drinking it at home is nice, it is not the same as the beautiful setting for this trip.
View from hotel looking towards Porlezza
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
The 2005 Campaccio was also tasted in the same sitting. I was disappointed with this wine. It did not have the full taste from the Cabernet that the 2004 had. It had the earthy taste expected from Italian wines but the structure was lacking. The black fruits and tobacco tastes were more subtle. This retails for about $29. For my taste, the 2004 was much better.
I look forward to my visit to Terrabianca later this year.