I purchased another case of wine to experiment on for the next couple of weeks. Yes, six bottles were the Camille Cayran Secret de Campane as I said I would buy up all the wine merchant had. Well, I was going to when someone was looking for a decent wine that wasn’t too expensive so I relented and let them know of this wine (I must be getting soft in my old age). Although I could not find The Flying Winemaker Tempranillo I was able to locate their Cabernet Sauvignon. I’m curious to see if it compares well to the Tempranillo. Anyway, let’s get back to the wine reviews to see if we get tricked or treated with the following wine reviews. Seeing as Halloween has just passed, you may be surprised that chocolate goes well with just about any type of wine. But, I think you knew that already. So, get your pillowcase ready for all those treats. And this post has nothing to do with Christmas so don’t be looking for any gifts just yet.
Trapiche 2008 Oak Cask Malbec found plum, raisin, and blueberry aromas while cassis and pepper dominated the flavor. This wine finished with blueberry and clove nuances. With a $9.99 price tag and a 79 rating, so this wine falls in the Cousin Carl’s low priced reds category. Just a quick note that anything I rate over 75 I would more than likely stock this in my personal wine cellar. I didn’t pair this with any food but would surmise a guess that it will go well with grilled meats, lasagna, other pasta dishes and any other dish you may challenge yourself to create.
Fabla 2008 Calatayud Garnacha. A deep red-purple color yielded blackberry fruits with a hint of clove and mint julep. Wild, tart strawberry flavor with chocolate mousse nuances left a subtle finish with hints of chilled, tart blueberries. Pair this with chicken roll-ups (which is a combination of boneless chicken breast, provolone cheese, and prosciutto di parma). The chicken roll-ups were attended harmoniously by fresh green beans, mushroom risotto, and fresh tomato topped with mozzarella cheese and fresh basil leaves. Italian star bread rounded out the starches for this meal. I also had this wine afterward as a stand-alone wine and it was as good as it was with the meal, maybe even a little better. $7.99 yielded an 88 rating. A definite keeper for the wine cellar. And yes, this falls into Cousin Carl’s low priced reds category. What would we do without Cousin Carl? Should we dedicate a post to Cousin Carl’s low priced reds? You’re the voting public, tell me what you think.
I suppose we must get a white wine in for those that prefer this as opposed to us red wine lovers. Here goes…
Estancia 2007 Monterey County Pinnacles Ranches Chardonnay. This wine was gold in color which produced a pear/apple aroma with a hint of melon. The palate generated tropical fruits and delectable citrus flavors. A creamy toasted oak finish completed this wine. This was a stand alone wine but I’m convinced it will pair well with an array of food dishes you consider as favorite meals. $14.99 with an 87 rating would fit nicely into anyone’s wine cellar.
Here’s to good wine, good food, and good friends….