Sunday, April 11, 2010

Rocca della Macie 2005 Chianti Riserva (Italy)

Dinner chez mom and pop; and mom requested something Italian be brought along.  Dad prepared something really simple, very unlike him because he likes to cook and try out new things, especially with an audience.  So imagine my surprise when dad pulled off the stove a pot of Italian Herbed Hamburger Helper.  "I've never tried the stuff before and I've been seeing the commercial all week," he says in his own defense.  Before dinner mom and I popped the cork on this bottle.  It started off cedary with tannins and a minimal amount of black fruit on the nose and palate.  As it continued to sit in the glass it opened and became quite the exquisite bottle of wine, spice, cassis, and pencil shavings, making it still a fairly woody wine but the mid-palate started to fill out with lovely black fruit while the finish continued it's woody ways with a long cedary finish.  And amazingly it went with the Hamburger Helper - must have been the mix of the two Italian themed ingredients.

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