Domaine D’Aubaret Cabernet Sauvignon (2007)

It is a bitter cold Monday night in Michigan. We are hoping this is one of the last cold spells . . .but that may be wishful thinking.

I had to work late tonight so we are having leftover pasta for dinner. I am also making a salad and a vegetable. I chose this wine because I liked it very much the last time we had it. And, chances are good that my tasting notes tonight will be similar. Let’s see. . .well, let’s start with the nose;  spicy. The color? A deep, dark red. The taste has notes of cranberries and plums with cedar on the finish. Crisp tannins.

Cheers!

Catena Cabernet Sauvignon (2003)

catena-cabernet-sauvignon-2003I am finishing the bottle from last night of this Catena Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 from Argentina (that we opened last night for “Open That Bottle” night).  I have been cooking all day and everything smells savoury and delicious.

I started barbecue ribs at noon today and they are in the final stage of preparation. (I start by making a spicy rub which I apply to the ribs and let sit at room temperature for an hour.) Then, into a low-temperature oven (covered in foil) for 2 hours. Then, I take the foil off and bake for another 90 minutes. After that, I brush on a generous amount of barbecue sauce and bake another 90 additional minutes. Finally, I wrap the ribs in foil and place in a paper bag, wrap the bag tightly and let the ribs rest for another hour. It’s a long, slow process and worth every bite. These are fall-off-the-bone tender, but without the grease. . .and, because I had the oven going, I also baked an acorn squash and a loaf of bread. And, for dessert, I made a double batch of brown rice pudding. Meanwhile, I have hash browns cooking in a skillet. Yes, a big dinner, but one that will be comforting and delicious. Our son, Tommy and his girlfriend, Amanda, will join us shortly for a hearty feast.

Meanwhile, this wine is even better tonight than it was last night (see yesterday’s post). Full of ripe berries with touches of tobacco and graphite. This is a keeper. Cheers!