Looking for some picks for a weekend of reds? Old World meets New World on the list of this week’s suggestions.
Frenchie Cabernet Sauvignon Napoleon 2013, North Coast, USA I am not a fan of clever labels. All too often, I have found the cuter the labels, the lousier the wine. The exception to this are California and Australian labels. Hence I gave “Frenchie” a try. And very happy I did. It is rich and smooth, a full-bodied wine with a great nose of cassis, vanilla, and dark fruit with a long finish. Dog lovers planning to visit this winery should know your pets are welcome to stay at their wine-themed kennels. $24.95
Miguel Torres Altos Ibericos Crianza 2012 Miguel Torres is the king of Spanish wine. On a recent stop in Toronto, the legendary winemaker paid tribute to other great winemaking families. Torres’ product line is extensive and a testament to good taste. I found this one at the LCBO for $16.95. It’s 100% Tempranillo and I plan to buy a case before my ex-pat Montreal friends come for dinner – otherwise we end up hitting the good stuff late at night. Never a good plan. Trust me, I know from experience.
Pillar Box Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Padthaway, South Australia Clearly my wine choices this weekend were on the big bold side. This Cabernet Sauvignon responded to both. It was spicy, smooth and it is winning accolades around the world, including a 91 from the Wine Enthusiast. $21.95
Let us know if you give them a try.