Tenuta Sant’Antonio Scaia Corvina IGT 2011
I won this wine as a prize at the Lunar New Year celebration I blogged about earlier this week. My expectations were high, being as the wine was selected by a sommelier, though it is still a wine you can find under $10. One of my dining companions was also a sommelier, and she advised me to let the wine air out for a few hours prior to drinking it. Well, call me impatient, but I’m using an aerator instead because…I’m impatient.
The nose smells strongly of strawberry with fruit leather grain. It tastes super smooth on first sip, prompting me to weep for how long it has been since I’ve had a wine this complex and balanced. Strawberry and raspberry fruit notes dominate with some cherimoya that blends everything nicely together. Light spice intermingles with the fruit: cinnamon and cardamom. Leather and cream are both present enough to provide depth but not distract from the primary fruits. Medium-bodied, with enough texture and tartness to keep it interesting throughout the glass.
Note to self: Go to more parties where you can win wine from sommeliers.
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Boeger Hangtown Red El Dorado Red Wine Lot 49
This wine’s label is quite descriptive, recalling the days when Placerville was called old Hangtown and the Wild West reigned supreme. The label claims the wine captures that spirit, but we’ll let my taste buds decide whether or not it deserves the noose.
The coloring is dusky red, closer to brown I’d say, and it appears unfiltered and thin. Minimal legs are present. Fruitcake notes of dense molasses and bursts of apricot, plum, and spiced bread dominate its aroma.
It’s much tastier than I expected based on appearances. The fruitcake notion holds up, though it’s closer to moist, spongy gingerbread with vanilla glaze and a lot of plum and candied cherry. It’s a pleasant, enjoyable wine, though it’s not quite as smooth as I’d like. Interestingly, I went to this winery when I was in Placerville last fall, but I didn’t realize the Hangtown was from Boeger until researching for other bloggers’ thoughts on the wine. It’s a great place to visit, so check it out sometime.
Other Blogger’s Thoughts:
Lots of favorable mentions of this wine, but no complete reviews, per se.
Reviewed 28 Jan 14.