Beautiful weather this weekend kept us busy outdoors. After all that activity we were happy to sit back and relax with great company and good food and wine. We had 3 great reds this weekend and a Rosé that was calling out to us.
2006 Masciarelli Estate Bottled Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is a very affordable wine that goes with almost everything. Friday night pizza was the perfect foil for this medium bodied red with medium acidity and soft tannins. It has a bit of earthiness with black cherry and plum aromas and blackberry and cherry flavors. We finished the wine with our grilled burgers on Saturday.
Marqués de Riscal 2004 Rioja Reserva has aromas of cherry, and flavors of juicy red cherries with a hint of spice. This is perfect for a nice rare grilled steak, grilled salmon, and also try with grilled lamb chops. This Rioja will age nicely and gain complexity with time in the cellar.
Francis Ford Coppola 2006 Rosso is another very affordable red wine. This red is a blend of 48% Zinfandel, 27% Syrah, and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon. It has rich layers of dark fruits, cloves with a bit of vanilla and mild oak. It has mild tannins which makes this a very food friendly wine that will pair with anything from grilled salmon to pepperoni pizza, and of course spaghetti and meatballs if the weather doesn’t allow for grilling.
Macari Vineyards 2007 Rosé is a very food friendly wine that is a blend of 85% Cabernet Franc and 15% Merlot. In the glass you get a sense of summer with the beautiful soft coral color and the aromas of watermelon, white cherries and plums. It is dry and fruity with a crisp finish that will be perfect for summer sipping and enjoying with your favorite salads and grilled seafood and chicken.
I hope you have a chance to try these wines, especially the Rosé during the summer months and enjoy them with your backyard barbecues and garden parties.