As much as I do not want to see the end of the Christmas season, all things must end. So now that all of the decorations are stored away for another year, I will mention two more wines that I will one day write about in the future, that we received as gifts.
The first wine is one that I actually wrote about at Thanksgiving, as we had a chance to open one of the bottles to try, as it is very popular in Kentucky. As I said then, it is the Old South merging with Spain. Southern Belle Precious Syrah 2011 is from Murcia in the Jumilla region. What makes this wine unique, other than the convoluted label is that the wine is aged in Bourbon barrels from Kentucky; and not just any Bourbon barrels, but those that held Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon for twenty years. Pappy Van Winkle is the most elusive and sought after of the cult Bourbons in the United States. The wine was aged for eighteen months in these barrels before bottling, and when one opened the bottle, the soft fragrance of the Bourbon melded with the distinctive nose of the Syrah to create a very pleasant and unique experience. I am looking forward to another chance to savor this wine at the right moment.
The other wine at first I thought was a non-vintage bottle of sparkling wine, until I looked at the back label, where the vintage year is stated. Montesel Conegliano-Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCC Extra Dry “Vigna del Paradiso” 2015 and I am so looking forward to trying this wine. The wine is “100% Mono Vitigno” which means that it is all from one grape varietal and in this case that is Prosecco, which is now the formal name for Glera when it is used in the Prosecco designated areas. In 2010 Conegliano-Valdobbiadene was designated as the only area to be listed as Prosecco Superiore which is considered to be the finest of the Prosecco wines. This wine is also following the guidelines of the Common Market and is listing this wine as Extra Dry which means that it is not Brut, so it should have just a touch of added sugar to mellow the flavor. This “Vigna del Paradiso” or “Wine of Paradise” should be a great wine to try with friends. That is the beauty of gifts, that they can be shared with others, to make the gift even that much more enjoyable.