Corsair, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008, Napa Valley

Nice, deep, dark.  Gorgeous.  Yes, this is what I mean when I call wines “romantic.” Or, especially, “sexy.” Nice dark berries, velvety tannic waves, just beautiful to sip.  Perfect for pairing with slightly spicy red pastas, or steaks, more richly garnished chicken dishes.  What do I say about 2008 as a vintage, other than I love it?  Just that, especially with Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa.  This is the négociant’d effort of Dan Dawson, 1StopWineBlogShop’s friend and owner of Back Room Wines, where I pick up most of my bottles.  This Cab, now after being open for a couple hours, handing me a set of smoky cocoa/caramel notes.  Successfully, successively seductive.  Only $45 dollars at Back Room Wines.  Can’t believe that price point with a Cab tasting this good, with fruit from “Stagecoach Vineyard” on Atlas Peak.  Full, ripe, elegant, distinguished.  Go get a bottle, or 12.  You won’t regret it!  This deserves a spot in even the most selective’s cellar.  Sip, sip …

Wine Response – Big Basin Vineyards GSM Rosé, California, 2010

Can’t forget to let you know about this bottle.  Had one on Thanksgiving, and its promised to please for XMAS plates.  How can it not?  It’s deeply delicious, daunting with all its clean notes; Nice acidity, tropically abundant from nose to finish.  Gorgeous, glorious.  Nice pronunciation of pear, melon, cherry, cranberry.  Smooth ride, partly thanks to 100% French Oak.  I’m never really been blown away by Rosés, but this bottle, also found at Back Room Wines, demands palate praise.  So here I am, praising, giving it a much higher grade than I would normally, for Rosés.  50% Syrah, 39% Grenache, 11% Mourvedre, only partial malolactic fermentation.  Paired wonderfully with the spices in the stuffing, the turkey of course, just about everything else on the table.  Surprisingly versatile Rosé.  Check out Big Basin’s site at www.bigbasinvineyards.com.  And, of course, look for it at Back Room Wines [www.backroomwines.com].  Sip, sip …