Château Les Ragottes Bordeaux (2005)

Chateau Les Ragottes Bordeaux 2005Tonight I have a pot roast in the oven with an array of vegetables and a sauce of beer and cream and mushrooms. It smells and looks wonderful.

I chose this Château Les Ragottes Bordeaux 2005 for this dinner. This is a beautiful black in the glass. On the nose is cloves and spice. On the palate it is dry and astringent with hints of blackberry. The finish is medium long with oak and metal.

This is a wonderful French wine; it is not a fruit-forward wine like we are likely to taste from Australia, but it is complex with many layers of metal and fruit. Superb!

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Sienna Cellars Petite Sirah (2006)

Sienna Cellars Petite Sirah 2006This Sienna Cellars Petite Sirah 2006 is excellent: tannic, chocolaty, and complex. Very tasty and drinkable. Air seemed to help it, or at least didn’t hurt it; the last sip was as pleasant as the first.

We have a second bottle of this (from a wine club). I think we’ll hoard it a while as a special treat.

Ginestière Coteaux du Languedoc (2005)

Ginestiere Coteaux du Languedoc 2005It is a Tuesday evening and I have pork chops simmering, along with potatoes, green beans and a salad ready to toss. Tom chose this wine because I was glued to the newspaper and Trigger was on my lap. It is understood in our household that whomever has a free lap has to get up from the chair, put down the newspaper,  and choose, open and serve the wine.

Tonight, we are having this Ginestière Coteaux dur Languedoc 2005, a wonderful French blend of Syrah and Grenache. This is a full-bodied red with aromas of thyme and licorice.  The taste is fruity yet sharp, (as in sharp cheese) with a taste  of pine and forest. The finish is very nice — raspberries and pine needles. Tom chose the right wine for our dinner tonight.

Domaine Monpertuis Cuvée Counoise (2005)

Domaine Monpertuis 2005This Domaine Monpertuis Cuvée Counoise 2005 is made from the French grape Counoise (which is usually a blending grape). The nose is black pepper and ripe fruit. In the mouth it is acidic and alcoholic but in a good way with spice and a peppy finish.

I will serve this wine tonight with leftovers and a fresh salad — it was a long day at work. And, it is my birthday and Tom chose this wine especially for me. What more could a girl want? Cheers!

Black Fox Cabernet Sauvignon (2005)

Black Fox Cabernet Sauvignon 2005This Black Fox Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 from California is a fruit-forward red. I tagged it as both over $10 and under $10 because we paid over $10 for this wine through a wine club but I did a search for it online and discovered it sells for $8-$10 in wine shops.

Despite the fact that I overpaid to get this wine, I think it is good. It is certainly fruity but it is simple, lacking the complexity of better wines. Yet, it is Monday night and this will go well with our meatloaf, squash, potatoes, and sauteed spinach dinner! Cheers!

Agustinos Carmenère (2006)

Agustinos Carmenere 2006We really love this Agustinos Carmenère 2006 from Chile and I believe this is our last bottle from out rack. It is a Sunday evening and I am making spaghetti for dinner. In fact, I am simmering my last batch of sauce that I made last summer with tomatoes from my garden. This deserves a wonderful wine and this is it. The color is inky black. The nose is fragrant with oak and cherries. On the palate is plum and raspberries. The fruity finish lasts an exceptionally long time.

I think this may be one of Tom’s favorites. He is a huge fan of Carmenère. If you can find this wine, I can’t imagine that you would be disappointed.

Robert Mondavi Private Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (2006)

Robert Mondavi Private Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2006This Robert Mondavi Private Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 from California is bursting with plums and subtle spices. The finish is predominantly oak with black dirt. This wine cost $10.99 but was on sale for $8. There is absolutely nothing not to like about this wine.

I have made a kettle of chicken soup for tonight’s dinner. It will be sure to help the cold that Tom seems to be catching. I started the soup by sauteeing garlic, onions, carrots and potatoes, then adding shredded chicken and the homemade broth that I had from cooking the chicken. It will be a savoury and medicinal dinner, I think! I also have a loaf of bread rising on the counter.