We moved on to an offering from down under, Jacob’s Creek 2010 Chardonnay priced at a mere $15. There was a whole lot going on in this wine’s nose: stone fruits, citrus and cinnamon and it was quite well balanced on the palate. It was a perfect pairing with vegetarian pizza, black beans and deviled eggs. We were two for two!
The third wine of the afternoon was Puma Road’s 2010 silver capsule Chardonnay. Although more expensive at $22 than the first two wines, I was disappointed with it. When I first got a whiff of the nose I got excited, but the palate didn’t deliver what the nose promised. The finish left something to be desired. We really couldn’t find a food it paired well with.
We went back to Australia for the fifth wine of the day, 2010 Graffigna Malbec reserve. At $13 this wine spun some heads in our group. The color was deep dark and I picked up chocolate and cherries on the nose. It offered a nice round mouth feel and it paired well with meat pizza, black beans and a few other offerings. The finish really lingered and at the price it was a true no-brainer.
We ended the afternoon with Piña Napa Valley 2008 Mimbre Cabernet Sauvignon. Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner. The color was deep and extracted and on the nose I got tons of black licorice. This is a very young wine that is already drinking remarkably well. It will only get better with time. It paired quite nicely with sausage and dark chocolate graham crackers with Kahlua, but it really doesn’t need to be paired with anything. Even with a price tag of $115, none of us felt it was too expensive. Until we taste again, cheers!