Penfolds Koonunga Hill Cabernet Sauvignon (2009)

We are in the midst of a full- blown winter blizzard. The wind is gusting and the snow is horizontal. We have shoveled twice.

I planned ahead and made the perfect dinner for tonight. I started a loaf of bread first thing this morning. And by tonight we had a crunchy, fragrant loaf to go with the pot of chili that I started this afternoon.

This South Australian Penfolds Koonunga Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 was on sale for $9.99. We bought it today while we loaded up on a cartful of groceries to carry us through the week.

The wine is delicious. Lots of fruit, especially blackberries and cherries, with just a feint touch of licorice.

What a beautiful winter night. In spite of the blowing snow, I can see the Christmas lights across the street!

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Arkel Malbec (2008)

It is Wednesday evening and I am back from an out-of-town trip for my job. It is good to be home, having a glass of wine, reading the paper with dinner on the stove, and music on the Bose.

Tom opened this bottle for us tonight. This is an Argentinian Malbec from the Mendoza region. According to Karen MacNeil, “. . .the wines made from Mendoza malbec have a grip, structure, and density rarely found in wines made from malbec in Bordeaux.” I would say this is an accurate description of this Arkel malbec. Full of berry flavors, this wine has a deep red color. The taste, in addition to berries, is dry and earthy. We both agree this is our kind of wine. It will go well with the pot of chili I prepared. I also purchased a loaf of sourdough bread and some sharp cheddar for our meal tonight.

It is great to be home; cheers!

Brick Kiln Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon (2006)

brick-kiln-cellars-cabernet-sauvignon-2006This Brick Kiln Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 from California is absolutely wonderful. We’ve had this before and loved it.

It is Sunday night and we have had lots of snow today and all weekend. Both Tom and I ran today and yesterday. The footing was slippery so we had to run slowly. We are in the depth of winter, for sure. We have about 30 inches of snow on the ground. And it is still snowing.

I contemplated several dinners for tonight but settled on a pot of chili and homemade bread. It just makes sense on a cold night to have a hot, spicy bowl of soup and warm, melt-in-your-mouth bread. I think this chili will be really delicious. I took extra care in chopping celery, onions, and garlic to sautee with the ground sirloin and then added lots of beans and tomatoes and spices.

Now the wine. I like this one through and through. The nose is black licorice (Tom says caramel). On the palate is coffee, chocolate, and blackberries (Tom says blackberries and minerals — such as pencil lead). The tannins are medium with a well-balanced acidity. The finish is totally ahhh-inducing.  This is a wine I want to have again!

Trapiche Malbec (2006)

trapiche-malbec-2006It is a blizzardy weekend in Michigan. Tom and I ventured out this afternoon to attend a sporting event only to be forced to turn around. The visability was nearly zero and the roads were extremely slippery. We were glad to get back home. It has been snowing, and snowing hard, for over 24 hours.

So, here we are, Saturday night, listening to Kenny G on the Bose and hunkering down for a cozy night at home. I have a pot of chili on the stove and a loaf of whole wheat bread in the oven. We just finished a crossword puzzle.

I chose this Trapiche Malbec 2006 because I knew it would hold up to our spicy dinner. If I remember correctly, Tom bought this wine at Trader Joe’s in Ann Arbor for a very reasonable price. In the glass this wine is a deep purple with a nose of leather and burnt fruit. The taste is earthy. I think the best is yet to come, as I have a hunch this wine would benefit from decanting. I’ll keep swirling in my glass and see. . .yet, even without time to breathe, this is quite delicious; a long and pleasant finish. A great choice for a cold night!

Deepwater Point Zinfandel (2007)

deepwater-point-zinfandel-2007This Deepwater Point Zinfandel 2007 from California is a triple-repeat wine for us. We really enjoy it. Tonight, on this second night of 2009, we are cozying up for a wintery Friday night in the bitter cold. I have a pot of chili on the stove (simmering, in honor of my father-in-law Joe), and I have a loaf of whole-wheat bread rising and almost ready to bake. We are reading two nights worth of newspapers because we didn’t realize that we had a paper last night sitting in our mailbox! The Christmas tree is still decorated and lit, but we will probably take down the decorations tomorrow.

This wine has an aroma of blackberry jam and fennel. On the palate is anise, green pepper, and strawberries. The finish is long with a taste of black pepper.

Tom and I are going to watch a movie tonight and get cozy. Cheers!