Monarch Glen Merlot 2005

Monarch Glen Merlot 2005This Monarch Glen Merlot 2005 is a little bigger and richer-tasting than some merlots (although still with a merlot softness) and a bit spicier as well. It has tastes of dark berries as well as cherries and vanilla.

We’re having this with stir-fried chicken with brocoli, steamed brown rice, and a salad, and it will complement nicely.

Cerro Campana Shiraz (2005)

Cerro Campana Shiraz 2005This delicious Cerro Campana Shiraz 2005 from Spain is dry with a mouthful of berries. I can taste cranberries and licorice and a pretty good dose of pepper. On the palate it is velvety smooth and full bodied. Interestingly, I chose this wine to accompany a pot of spicy chili only to realize that the last time we had this wine (in November) it was also with chili. I guess I like a good Shiraz with my spicy soup!

I also made an apple cobbler, which is baking in the oven. I have discovered that I can make my favorite apple cobbler without the stick of butter (called for in the recipe I use). I substitute applesauce for the butter and fruit juice for the water. . .yummy! It is Sunday night and we have had a productive, but lovely, weekend. Yesterday I ran nine miles with my running partner Christi. We are training for a race in April.

Cetamura Chianti (2005)

Cetamura Chianti 2005This Cetamura Chianti 2005 from Tuscany is 90% Sangiovese and 10% Canaiolo grapes. The nose is pleasant with flowers, herbs, and berries. On the palate is blackberries with zing. By “zing” I mean there is a subtle fizzy quality to this wine, which will probably subside as it breathes. It is medium bodied with lots of fruit and supple tannins.

Tom chose this wine for our Friday night (post martini) to go with our dinner of angel-hair pasta with bolognese sauce and steamed spinach. We are both happy it is Friday night. Trigger seems happy, too, as she relaxes next to me on my chair.

Lockwood Cabernet Sauvignon (2005)

Lockwood Cabernet Sauvignon 2005I am having this Lockwood Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 from California for the third time. This is the type of wine that I sincerely enjoy. It is what I consider to be a big red: big taste, dry, spicy, woody and tannic. Tonight we are having loin of pork with potatoes and squash and a salad. It is Thursday night so it is starting to feel like the weekend is very near. Thank goodness! It’s been a demanding week.

I had lunch with my son Tony today. He was adorable in his knit cap (with strings hanging down) and a big, gleaming smile. We met at Pita Pita. I got there first and ordered him a chicken schwarma and I had a cup of lentil soup and a small salad. They make the best food. We both loved it! It is always a wonderful treat to see my sons!

Lockwood Cabernet Sauvignon (2005)

Lockwood Cabernet Sauvignon 2005This Lockwood Cabernet 2005 from California did not disappoint me in the least. I chose this wine to serve with bison steak, brown rice, and salad. It is everything I want in a Cabernet: it is rich, dry, oaky, and spicy (with licorice), and the tannicity is aggressive yet velvety. This is the kind of wine I really appreciate and enjoy. I would rate this an “A+” if this were a homework assignment. . .

It’s only a Tuesday night but it feels like it has been a long and demanding work week. Thank goodness for relaxing and lovely cocktail hours! Cheers.

Ironstone Vineyards Cabernet Franc (2004)

Ironstone Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2004This Ironstone Cabernet Franc 2004 is interesting. I can’t say that I love it or that I would want to have it again, but it is because of my personal taste, not because the wine is inferior. I have been letting the wine breathe and it has mellowed, making it taste better now then it was 20 minutes ago. It is a translucent purple in the glass. The nose gets better with air — at first it had a musty aroma — but after breathing it is fruity. The taste, at first, was sharp and acidic. But, after breathing it is balanced with medium body, blackberries, and cherries and quite tannic.

My recommendation is to open this bottle about 20 minutes before it is served. My opinion went from “I don’t like it” to “Mmmm, this is pretty good” after letting it breathe.

Alamos Malbec (2006)

Alamos Malbec 2006Tony and George wine tasting in Buenos AiresThis Alamos Malbec 2006 from Argentina is one of several wines that I bought for Tom for Christmas. Tom is a Malbec kind of guy. In the glass it is purple and violet. The nose is vivid with pleasant spices, violets, and fruit. The feel in the mouth is graceful and supple, with black cherry and blackberry flavors along with black pepper and a hint of leather. The finish (with soft tannins) lasts a long time.

I chose this wine for our Sunday night dinner of homemade spicy spaghetti sauce (with pasta) along with steamed spinach and salad.

Trigger relaxingAnd since this wine is a Malbec, this would be a good spot to post this photo of our son Tony and his good friend George as they tasted wine (Malbec of course) in Buenos Aires this past summer.

And here is a photo of Trigger relaxing with us as we taste this Alamos Malbec 2006.