Stelvin closure ... dark purple in the glass ... viscous legs ... nose of black cherries, chocolate, and vanilla (sounds like a sundae, huh ?) ... ripe black cherries with a subtle but nice hint of cassis on the front palate ... a big drollop of dark chocolate with a whisper of tart blackberries on the mid palate ... a little vanilla on the back palate but the mid palate is pretty overpowering so it's just barely there ... just enough tannins to give it the barest of "grip" ... faint bit of oak ... not much of a lingering finish but not short either ... 13.9% alcohol ... $7.99 at my local bottle shop ... a pretty nice bottle of grog at this price point but wouldn't pay the $11-13 I've seen elsewhere ... a good "quaffer" at best and as long as the price doesn't go up much, I would buy it again ...
Paired with a grilled medium-rare porterhouse steak (cooked on my charcoal Weber in 112 degree weather I might add - the Desert heat makes ya sorta crazy, ya know), pinto beans, pico de gallo salsa, and homemade bread ... the wine paired nicely with the bit of heat in the salsa and the earthiness of the beans ...
This is an offering from Don Sebastiani and Sons' Three Loose Screws Wine Company ... among all the wine varietals and numerous labels they're bottling, these guys are making 1.5 million cases of wine a year and NOT ONE bottle sees cork as a closure ! Neocork, Stelvin, Zork, and Vino-Seal is all they use ...
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on Tue Jul 11, 2006 5:52 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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