Last night Betsy made "tandoori" chicken (we don't actually have a tandoori oven, this was grilled) and an eggplant salad (with spinach, feta, peppers,etc). I thought about off-dry white (Riesling or Vouvray), but decided I wanted a lighter red with good acidity. I headed downstairs with Bourgeuil or Beaujolais on my mind, but spotted the 2004 G. Borgogno Grignolino d'Asti atop the drinking queue.
Bright fruit and bright acidity. Light and fresh, raspberry fruit with lots of flowers on the nose. Very light tannins, a little bit of peppery spice on the clean if-not-too-long finish. Not profound, but a very nice food-friendly wine. B/B+
Grade disclaimer: I'm a very easy grader, basically A is an excellent
wine, B a good wine, C mediocre. Anything below C means I wouldn't
drink at a party where it was only choice. Furthermore, I offer no
promises of objectivity, accuracy, and certainly not of consistency.