Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Wintery Evening for some Reds

Hey everyone. Last Saturday night, some miserable weather provided the backdrop for a chance to try out some wines over Dawson's house. Three red wines (a Merlot, Shiraz, and Other) were showcased. In order from worst to first, the results are as follows:

1. 2006 Devil's Marbles South Eastern Australia Shiraz-this nicely light bodied effort had a very sweet nose. The sweetness continued on the mid palate, accompanied by pepper, and was very dry. This was an average one for me, and a bit sub-par for Dawson. At $8.99, serviceable but not remarkable. Average Score: 2.75

2. 2007 Sicilia Rosso Dry Red Wine (other red varietal)--also bearing a fruity and sweet nose, this very smooth effort was very balanced, nice length, and nice tanins. This $9.99 bottle is certainly worth it. Average Score: 3.5

3. 2005 Rutherford Hill Napa Valley Merlot--WOW. I had this one before and was extremely impressed (2004 vintage), and wanted to showcase it this evening. This very dark gem had a light body to it, with smoky and red berry aromas to it. This ultra-smooth effort had some incredible length and complexity, offering the fruity, slightly hot, and silky properties that made it by far the best in class. At $19.99, definitely one to see out. Average Score: 4.5

More wine tastings hopefully on the way before the end of the winter season!