We began our tasting with Pepi‘s 2012 California Pinot Grigio. I loved its expressive nose, bright acids, balance and mouth-feel. Its finish lingered and it paired beautifully with the Le Delice as well as the trout. It’s a very food friendly wine and a great bargain at $10.
Next up was the 2012 Sauvignon Blanc from Tin Roof. I picked up a lot of citrus on the nose. I enjoyed the round mouth-feel and it was a wonderful match with the Le Delice (again!), the bruschetta and the meatballs. Surprising for a white. Another exceptional value at $10.
Moving on to the reds, we tried another offering from Tin Roof, their 2010 Merlot. The nose reminded me of cranberries, so I think this would be an ideal Thanksgiving wine. I got tart cherry and Jolly Rancher on the palate and loved how it paired with the meatballs, bruschetta and again, the Le Delice. Expect to pay about $11.
The next offering was from Napa County, 2010 Stags Leap Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon. This was a massive wine and it clearly needed time in the glass to open up. After some swirling, it presented a true Cabernet nose. It’s drinking beautifully now and it paired very well with beef, but I would recommend buying this and holding on to it for a year or two before opening it. Your patience will be rewarded. It sells for about $49.
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