Wednesday, February 25, 2009

River Cellars (Kinkead Ridge second label)

A follow up to our vertical of Kinkead Ridge reds, We had about half of a bottle of the 2006 River Cellars Syrah and Cab Franc. Both were still holding up well 3 days later and may in fact have continued to mellow and get more complex. Bravo to Ron and Nancy. Splendid wines!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Wine blogging wednesday: Piedmont

Enzo Boglietti Nebbiolo 2005 Langhe
This particular producer was recommended to me several years ago and I have purchased several vintages of their Dolcetto for my cellar, but have never actually tried any of their wines until now. Liquor Direct has been closing out the 05 nebbiolo below cost and I bought several bottles and decided it was time to try the wine. We had it with a rather unorthodox pairing of Mexican chicken tortilla casserole which was mildly spicy and very cheesy The wine held up to the spice and cheese very well the wine has a nose that might recall the pleasant aroma of damp tobacco. It is a rich full nose which follows through on the palate with notes of black cherry and white pepper. This is a lively wine with good acidity and mellow tannin, just a good balance. There is a lasting finish that reminds one of the tobacco that noted in the nose. Although this wine will probably be tasty for several more years, it is very nice right now. I am looking forward to trying some of the Dolcetto I have cellared to see how they have held up. This is a good introduction to the nebbiolo grape, which is the primary varietal used in both Barolos and Barberescos.