Tasting notes: Melipal, in the Mapuche Indian language, is the name of the constellation that best characterizes the southern Hemisphere: the Southern cross. Four stars, four points of light that guide us?. Sight: Dark ruby red, with violet tinges. Aromas: Red fruits, particularly plums, strawberries and confitures, tying in very well with scents of coffee. Taste: Smooth entry, providing excellent roundness, soft tannins that give a very long and pleasant finish..
Casillero del Diablo, CHILE: $10
More than 100years ago Don Melchor de Concha t Toro reserve for himself an exclusive batch of the best wines he produced. And to keep strangers away from his private reserve, he spread the rumor that the Devil lived in the place. Hence the name: Casellero del Diablo (Cellar of the Devil) Merlot 2006: A smooth Merlot that perfectly combines plumy, herby flavors with smoky cedar wood. A fruity wine with a full well-structured texture and soft tannins. Pairing: A Great match to my flame grilled Lamp(recipe available)
Rodney Strong: Sonoma County:$12
Merlot 2005: Plum and blueberry flavors predominate in this soft, rich, mouth filling Merlot, and are enhanced by aging in small oak barrels for a toasty, spicy vanilla character, and a lingering berry-cream finish. This satisfying Merlot drink well over the next 2 to 4 years.
Smoking Loon: California: $10
Pinot Noir 2006: Brilliant garnet color with seductive rose petal green tea aroma. The palate is ripe with heavily extracted cherry and strawberry flavors with a slight astringency akin to pomegranate seeds. Pairing: This very generously fruit driven wine is a must with smoked game hen with bitter greens or Wild Salmon with a rich Béarnaise Sauce and roasted beets with a champagne vinaigrette.
Mezzacorona: Tretino region Italy: $10
Pinot Noir 2006 Wine makers Note: Traditional red wine vinification at controlled temperatures of around 25°C; briefly refined in wood, which enriches its perfume and gives balance, garnet red in color, pleasant bouquet of ripe fruit, delicate, complex, dry in flavor, palatable slightly bitter aftertaste. Pairings: A Ham and cheese sandwich.... SERVING TEMPERATURE: 61-64°F
Pinot Evil, France: $12
Pinot Noir: It has a cute name, but behind the label is a rather unremarkable wine. It needs more oomph to get anyone's attention, like mine. It might not be bad with dinner, but definitely not for drinking on its own.
Sight: It has a clear, bright light violet color. Aroma: Some faint berry notes and even fainter cherry notes. Taste: The blackberry notes seem to follow through and little else. Moderate dryness with fairly low acidity. A good balance and medium finish.
Earth Heart Erath,Pinot Noir, Oregon:$19.00
"This classic "Oregon" Pinot. Aroma: Ripe strawberries, vanilla, graham, and a sinful hint of caramel. Taste: A silky sweet entry that leads to bright flavors of red currant, raspberry and orange peel. Finish with pleasingly buoyant acidity." Cooking Suggestions: Try this with Thai or Chinese pepper sauce pasta with red sauce and zesty BBQ.
McWilliam's, South Eastern Australia:$10
Merlot 2006: Aroma: Spicy plum fruit highlighted by cinnamon and mocha characteristics form partial oak maturation. Taste: Velvety with black currant and ripe plum flavors mingling with vanilla and clove notes. Food Pairing: An excellent partner to gourmet pizza or roasted duck.