Well, I failed in my quest to find the Ravenswoood 2010 Teldeschi Zinfandel. It was ice cold and snowing, so I wimped out and just walked to my local wine shop. I’ll track it down eventually. My search was not completely in vane however, as I did discover another blog worthy wine.
As I perused the shelves, I was drawn to a bottle with a tantalizingly quirky label. The image featured a bandaged, tattered disembodied hand. I’m a huge Halloween nut, so I couldn’t resist checking out the bottle. Hey, it could be a good one to serve next Halloween.
After scanning the label, seeing where it was produced, reading the blend and tasting notes and taking in the price point, I was hooked. I gamely took my prize to the counter, ventured back out into the cold and darted to my apartment, eager to pair my latest find with the creamy, pungent Taleggio, rich Double Gloucester, and buttery mellow Stilton cheese I had in my fridge.
Upon getting home, I took a few minutes to say hello to my fabulous fiancé, then happily laid out my cheese plate, complete with a few crackers and grapes, popped the cork, and poured a nice sip or two into my glass. The wine had a deep, rich, inky plum color, just as a blend of 71% Grenache, 24% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre should. As I brought the glass to my mouth, I took in a strong nose of fresh, ripe berries.
Next came the crucial first sip. The wine was rich, thick and velvety as it slid across my tongue. Big, bold and full bodied. The initial taste was jammy on my palate, full of raspberries, blackberries, currents and cherry pits. As the wine slid further back on my tongue I noted tastes of chocolate, mint a black pepper and minerals. The tannins were present on the palate yet nicely balanced, as was the acidity. The taste lingered on my tongue creating a medium long finish.
I was quite pleased with my bottle of Owen Row 2010 Sinister Hand, a Columbia Valley wine made in the Rhône Valley’s famed Châteauneuf-du-Pape style, blending Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre grapes to get just the right balance of sweetness, spice, tannins and acidity.
At about $25.00 a bottle, I found it to be a delectable indulgence, perfect for a chilly winter night.
Until next time, Sláinte mhaith!