Sometimes getting your first choice of something is good. Sometimes getting your second choice is even better. I was out with friends the other night when our second choice turned out to be perfectly delicious.
This wine is a deep and rich Bordeaux blend, roughly half Merlot, and balanced out with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. On the nose were dark fruits with leathery undertones. Slight hints of violet and char were also noticeable. The flavors stayed fresh and juicy. The tannins were fairly well structured and restrained, with nicely balanced acidity, resulting in a lush mouthfeel. The flavors opened up a little more after a few minutes, so decanting is an option. The finish had a light spice and was moderate in length. With an alcohol level of 14%, the wine was enjoyable with no unpleasant alcohol heat.
This wine paired particularly well with grilled filet mignon and haricot verts. This wine is a great value and worth exploring for yourself.
I have to admit that I wasn’t sure what to expect when I opened this wine. We all have our biases, whether about regions, or varietals, or styles, or whatever, when it comes to trying new wines. With a purposefully open mind I uncorked the bottle, and poured a tasting. I found the aromas to be quite nice – the air filled with dark, dried cherry notes, and lots of red and black fruits. Herby spices were also there, wafting out of the glass. My first taste confirmed that the flavors matched the aromas quite nicely. The mouth feel was substantial, and the finish fairly long, with a nice acidity. There was a bit of a lingering sweetness, for me, in this dry wine, and I would have probably enjoyed it more without that. But all in all, I think this is a noteworthy Pennsylvania wine.