A quirky name doesn’t stop this Cab from being a serious wine. Robust and rich with loads of dark, ripe fruit on the nose and palate – think blackberries, dark cherry and currant accented by a hint of bitter chocolate. Great structure and firm tannins. Very elegant, long finish. Everything you want in a Napa Cab for of high quality – at a more attainable price point of just under $45. This wine is asking kindly that you enjoy it with a big, juicy steak!
A new little Italian red that intrigued us – 100% Barbera from the Piedmont region. Fruit forward on the nose and palate with aromas of ripe raspberry. Hints of spice and some bitter chocolate on the palate. Good acidity makes this a great good pairing wine – perfect for pasta with a simple marinara sauce or with a flat bread. Down in price currently at $15! Easy and versatile!
I had to bust out my map of Califonia for this one. David Girard Vineyards is located in El Dorado County – right in the Sierra Foothills. They focus on small production wines with a focus on Rhone varietals. Another cool thing – David Girard Wines are actually made by a woman. Actually, aside from their vineyard manager, the David Girard Vineyards is run by a female staff. Gotta love all that girl power.
The 2008 David Girard Rive d’Or is their Bordeaux style blend – composed mainly of Cabernet with additions of Merlot and Malbec. I was really impressed with this wine – full bodied, layered – lots of red and black fruit, spice (clove, nutmeg), some hints of vanilla and chocolate. Pretty long finish – it leaves an impression.
Great winter time red – nice with steak. Would definitely give this one a try, at $20 it’s well worth the money.