Despite the frigid temperatures and endless snow that seems to define winter, I still love this time of year because it is the perfect time of year to drink big & bold red wines. A full-bodied & dry Cabernet or a ripe & spicy Zinfandel just seems to offset the plummeting temps this time of year. We thought there was no better way to showcase this than to create a new wine flight: Winter Reds.
We start with the 2007 Terra di Briganti Aglianico. Although the Aglianico grape is originally from Greece, it is now almost exclusively grown in the south regions of Italy, this particular offering is from the Sannio area of Campania. Aglianico typically makes for full bodied wines with firm tannins & high acidity making it a perfect food-pairing wine. This particular bottle is a bit more approachable, but still makes for a nice full-bodied red to start the flight.
Next up is the 2007 Madorom Camouflage from Napa Valley. Camouflage is a blend consisting of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Syrah, 16% Cabernet Franc & 5% Merlot. The tannins make for this wine to be dry & firm, but the combination of Cabernet & Syrah still make for a jammy, fruit-forward bottle. The presence of Oak is noticeable, but not overbearing-- making for a perfect pairing with a wintery night.
The 2007 Paraduxx Red Wine might be my favorite bottle on the entire flight. Made by famed Duckhorn vineyards in Napa Valley, Paraduxx is a beautiful, deep red blend consisting of 72% Zinfandel, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot and just a touch of Cabernet Franc. This wine has a touch more spice than the previous two bottles which blend perfectly with its flavors of rich blueberry, cedar & molasses.
Finishing this flight is the 2009 Petite Petit from Lodi, California made by Michael & David Winery. A blend of 85% Petite Sirah & 15% Petit Verdot which makes for a rich & dense wine highlighted with many dark fruit flavors. As the winemakers say, "Like elephants whose size is imposing, Petite Petit is large!" Above all, this wine is fun, accessible and very good. A perfect finish to a winter flight.