11.15.2011

Damp-Day Reds

It’s a damp, ugly morning here in Philadelphia--perfect weather for shirking all work responsibilities, opening a few bottles of expressive red, and camping out on the couch the rest of the day.
Sadly, that’s not an option for me today. But if it were, these are the wines I’d consider popping open.
Waterstone “Study in Blue” 2007, Napa Valley
Inky and opaque in appearance, the nose here bursts with blueberry compote and fig paste: This is a big, lush wine, fully confident in its sheer aromatic mass, and showing a hint of mesquite to boot. The palate expresses much the same character that the nose implies, with fig Newton filling coming to the fore, a hint of peppercorn spice and flowers at the edge, and the entire construct luscious and exuberant. This wears its size beautifully.

P + S Quinta de Roriz “Prazo de Roriz” 2008, Douro
Lots of dark, rich berry fruit, plums, mulling spices, and a vague hint of mineral on the nose. On the palate, it’s a well-structured wine with dusty tannins, primary fruit, and a pulsing sense of drive. There’s also burnt twigs, cherry liqueur, and the potential to age another 3 - 5 years. With grilled steak, it’s perfect.

Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, Napa Valley
The nose here speaks of dark berry fruit, vanilla, toasty cedar, and a hint of bramble, as well as blueberry-pie filling and a touch of pastry crust. On the palate, flavors of cedar, young oak with its vanilla and still-integrating tannins, and oolong tea, as well as raspberry-ganache-filled dark chocolate and toast, still need time to evolve, but promise an exciting maturity in 5 - 7 years.

Hope Family Wines “Treana Red” 2008
An intense florality wafts above the glass, as well as distinct mint, fraise de bois, and crushed cherry. Sappy textured, this wine coats the palate and teeth in a film of violets, purple-berry fruit, and plums. What a lush, unabashedly expressive wine, perfect on its own or, even better, with a mole...or even a steak au poivre with very fresh peppercorns that themselves show floral notes. Flat-out yummy.

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