Happy New Year 2022!
Oh dreary winter, we all know very well what it means, colder, grayer and shorter days, thick sweaters, coats, scarves and gloves, but also rich stews and soups, hearty foods, a cozy fire, and one or two seasons of Netflix to binge over the weekend! What wine could we drink to warm our bodies and souls? Here are 4 selections that ended up at my door. But before we dive into them, let me thank Palm Bay Imports, Ole Obrigado, Global Vineyards and Mascota Vineyards for these fine samples.
Rocca delle Macie Chianti Classico 2019, Italy
A blend of 95% Sangiovese with 5% Merlot, aged for 6-10 months in Slavonian/ French oak. Concentrated black cherry, blueberry and herbal notes explode on this light bodied red that has grip and chalky tannins. Very savory indeed! the ideal wine to have every night with pasta, pizza or hamburgers! $16.99
Raig de Raim Tinto 2018 Terra Alta, Spain
A blend of Garnacha and Samsó (Carignan), aged for 4 months in a combination of French and American oak. This medium bodied and chewy tinto features blackberry, plum and pencil shaving notes. Its mouth filling texture adds complexity to the polished finish. Delicious with sausage with lentils or chickpea soup. $15.99
Marichal Tannat 2019, Canelones, Uruguay
100% Tannat, unoaked.
Full bodied red showing outstanding espresso notes, complemented by ripe blackberry and prune aromas. Super round and velvety structure. I was pleasantly surprised that this was not austere and super tannic like other tannats that require time to soften up. Very succulent! Have it with lamb chops or t-bone steaks. $15.99
Unánime Gran Tinto Malbec 2018, Mendoza, Argentina
A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Malbec and 15% Cabernet Franc. Aged for 20 months in French oak. A full bodied red that yields raspberry, cassis and chocolate notes. Muscular and filling, it coats your palate and invites you to reach for your glass over and over again! Have it by the fire with a loved one and some dark chocolate with hazelnuts, it will definitely help you set the mood! $24.99
So, what do you plan to drink to cheer you up this winter? Share your thoughts with me via instagram. Cheers! Silvina.
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