I got a generous gift from my in-laws last week! Seriously, I don’t deserve these people in my life, they are way too good to me.
They sent two bottles of wine, a Vinturi Aerator Set and a Ultimate Grill Kit. All have been used. And all are awesome! I had to laugh at the Vinturi. I’ve been going back and forth about getting one. I knew they were great because I work in a retail space that sells them, and I wanted one so bad. But I never bought it, since I was always finding something more practical to spend my money on. Well, I did get one last week and was excited to try it out. Thank goodness I waited to try it with Dan because I got this box the next day! HA! (Whats that thing about great minds?) I took mine back and bought a few Scrub Daddys instead. LOL.
So this post is a double feature because I am going to review both wines. They were both equally amazing. Way to go Dadio! (Uh… can I call you that?) Thank you thank you thank you!!!
As always the California Zinfandel is a challenging and rewarding wine to produce. Severe selection criteria and master blending show in the final product, which showcases a wide array of dark berry fruit including black cherry and strawberry. Additionally, spice notes and a lasting finish of vanilla from oak aging and firm, supple tannins add complexity to this wine.
With its smooth structure and rich, berry flavors, the California Zinfandel pairs best with bold-flavored foods such as penne putanesca, grilled steak or chili con carne. (Source)
We took this bottle to our favorite Indian restaurant in town. The wine really contrasted with the spicy flavors of my Aloo Ghobi. Unlike the wine I reviewed last week, this wine is rich and full of flavor. The spice and vanilla are easy to taste. This can be a stand alone wine if you want something to sip on later in the evening. (say while you’re knitting).
What I love about wines like this is that the flavors open up as you let it sit out. Each sip is different as the wine interacts with the air around it. Like a flower opening. Beautiful.
Best of all, it retails for about 12 dollars. (Good for me, because I plan on getting another bottle.)
Dan just liked this wine, but I loved it. And I found it at the local wine store today so I know I can get it again.
DANCING BULL CABERNET SAUVIGNON:
Dancing Bull 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon opens with a perfumed potpourri of plum and black cherry aromas. A plush, rich mouthfeel leads the way to a rewarding finish of fruit, with hints of toasted oak and spice. The structured dark fruit flavors and mouth-filling texture of this Cabernet make it an ideal pairing for roast meats, rotisserie chicken or a big, juicy burger. (Source)
Pair it with a big juicy burger we did! We had it with buffalo burgers and bleu cheese. I am a little ashamed to admit that I ate way too much food that night. But seriously, buffalo burgers and Dancing Bull wine is heaven. This is also a hearty wine. My tastes usually lean more toward the Cabs and Zins because of this. So many diverse flavors.
A side note, the Vinturi is also fantastic. We had fun doing the taste test, trying wine right out of the bottle then after being filtered through the Vinturi. The difference is amazing. I need to test this out more to give you a better vocabulary than “Wow!” and “Amazing!” because I am starting to sound redundant.
Anyway, Dancing Bull was a little like the Cline, but with more robust fruity flavor. The tannins are smooth and oh so velvety. It is a joy to drink. I would also buy this to drink on its own. (But that’s what I do… sit and brood about life and drink wine)
On wine.com it retails for about 13 dollars. But I found it in my wine store for 10.
Dan and I both love it. We had fun with both wines, probably more fun with this one because we made our own food to go along with it. Sometimes things just taste better when you make it yourself.