Wine Digest: Week 22

Best Wine: 2012 Cuvelier Los Andes Merlot

This Merlot comes from a producer I’m very much a fan of. On account of a rainy weekend, I decided to pair it with some steak from a local steakhouse for COVID to go, as well as some chicken dishes. Excellent structure, body is rich and tannic with plenty of currant and plum. Dry on the finish, low acidity. This is a sub $20 bottle I would buy repeatedly, often replacing Cab when called for. Drink any time.

Two Thumbs Up, $17

The Other Wines

2011 Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier Shiraz

Drinking fairly well now, but could still use a couple years. Bright and peppery, with blackberry, faint minerality and some developing tannins. Mouthfeel is medium-, high acidity. Paired well with braised brisket, and rich risotto.

– Middle of the Road, $20

Villa Sparina Gavi

Crisp, vibrant and acidic, this white wine paired really well with the barbecue meals we had this week – namely pulled pork and smoked chicken. I know it’s an unorthodox pairing, but it was delicious, especially as temperatures are rising here in the midwest. Body was thin, while acidity was prominent. Crushed stone, lemon and pear on the palate. Crisp finish.

– Thumbs Up, $14

That’s all for this week folks. As you can see, we took a stray from my Spain heavy path, but it’s all in good fun. That Merlot is a stunner, but I’d buy another and hold on to it for another 5 years. That Shiraz is nice as well, and I have a bunch more, so I plan to keep opening them over the years. It’s been some time since I’ve opened up some Grenache, so I think that’s on the list for this weekend. As always, drop me a line if there is something you think I should try.

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