My Fine Wine Source Club Selections came out at the usual time, it is just for some odd reason the hardest month for me to get there. It just seems that projects seem to grow exponentially and then compounded with multiple blizzard snow falls, didn’t someone win a bundle of money once, crying about Global Warming; I sure wish that politician would come over here and shovel my sidewalks and driveway. Now onto subjects that should warm my heart, the two wines, one representing the Old World and the other representing the New World.
Fattoria Il Muro “Il Muro” Chianti Riserva DOCG 2016 has been owned by the Pancaro family for over two centuries. Their land has always been used for the cultivation of grapes and olives as it is composed of loose marl and limestone. In the Seventies, the winery modernized their technology with emphasis on the vineyards. The fruit is pure Sangiovese from their best vineyard “Galioffo Vecchio,” crushed and aged for eighteen months in large Tuscan style barrels and then aged for another six months in the bottle, prior to distribution. The wood of choice for these barrels is Chestnut, as they want to maintain their tradition. The wine is described as being bright ruby red with notes of ripe mulberry, roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate. On the palate offerings of cherry, spice, velvety with excellent structure and a prolonged concentration and “Sangiovese” tang in the finish.
Peachy Canyon Winery “Incredible Red” Paso Robles 2019 is representing the New World for this month’s selection. Peachy Canyon is a family-owned winery founded by Doug and Nancy Beckett in 1988 on the Central Coast near Big Sur and the Hearst Castle in Paso Robles. Zinfandel is their flagship grape and this wine is seventy-five percent Zinfandel with thirteen percent Petite Sirah, nine percent Alicante Bouschet and three percent Counoise. The wine is described as being maroon in color with notes of red and black fruits and mulling spices. On the palate it is fruit forward with tart cherries, raspberries and strawberries. It sounds like a classic California Zinfandel to me and perfect for a nice casual dinner.