My son–“Billy” the neo-enophile of this blog is visiting with my grandchildren and wife and we are having a grand time! Tonight we made a run to a local wine haunt and came home with some well known and reliable quaffs but also a couple of unknowns, namely this one we were planning to have with a Two Cheese Mousakka–a Croatian vegetarian dish full of cheese and mushrooms and tomatoes and spices. Problem is, this wine was so good we never made it to dinner! This is a Paso Robles red of deep garnet on the pour with good fruit of cherries with a touch of a little licorice and a smidge of cocoa with refined tannins.
With some air the bottle stink on opening has dissipated leaving nothing but black cherries and that touch of licorice. This wine is at peak; is luscious with refined tannic structure. All in all, at $22, which is more than I normally pay for an everyday wine but this is a NICE wine. Raise a glass even if you don’t make it to dinner!