#1030 Posted: May 14, 2017 09:41
Mrs. Bigred is now Dr. Mrs. Bigred! To celebrate, Fiammetta and I hosted the newly minted Dr. and her consort for a very informal dinner with televised hockey. I put out the following lineup of Carini wines:
2013 A2B - 100% Alicante Bouschet, Chairman's selection in 2016. A good mouthful of fruit for $10. The 2014 is in the stores now; I had one but was unimpressed. And yet, I was unimpressed by my first bottle of 2013 and only after trying another one 8 or 10 months later did I buy up all I could find...
2007 Dubakella Pinot Noir. Spicy, some complexity, in great shape at 10 years old and a steal at PA price of $22
2012 Dubakella Zinfandel - more fruity goodness. $30
NV Captain Fantasy - WOTN, warm, complex. Blend of wines dating back as far as 2005. They say that Cabernet Franc is the main grape, with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. A Chairman's, still available in PA (but not in Allegheny County). The back label has a silhouette of the state of Pennsylvania with the word "FREEDOM" inside - what can that mean? $20 = bargain.
2007 Glass Mountain Road St Helena Cabernet - at 10 years old we thought this wasn't quite ready. Powerful blackberry nose, more black fruits on the palate and a persistent finish, but we all had the impression there were still better things to come. $60
My take on the Carini house style: All the wines had great dark fruit flavors. There was a spiciness to all the wines, and a sense of unfussy directness. Each one would have shown well without food, and all were enhanced by our admittedly very-wine-friendly spread of cheeses and charcuterie. I am not certain that the A2B will last but the others either have already demonstrated their age-worthiness or give the impression that they will hold up well. The PLCB Cabernet and Zinfandel prices are fair; the others are bargains.
Bigred gave further evidence of evolving into Bigwhite by bringing an excellent 2012 1er cru Chablis Vaillons by Marcel Servin. Yum.