Sunday, March 1, 2009
Cabernet Sauvignon with Red Chile
In December my parents went on vacation to New Mexico and Arizona areas. While they were there they checked out a few of the local wineries. They brought me back a bottle from the Anderson Family Vineyard in New Mexico. It was a Cabernet Sauvignon with Red Chile.
When I first saw this I immediately thought of the chili beer we'd tried before that was awful! But my parents assured me that this was good. They recommended drinking it with a meal. So I made a fancy taco dinner and Chris and I opened this bottle. It was really good. A nice smooth cab sav that didn't need much breathing, and an underlying spice. At first you're not quite sure if the spice is there or if it's from your food. There isn't a pepper flavor it's just a spice and at just the right intensity. Drinking it with the meal worked very well. I had another glass after dinner and the spice definitely got a little stronger. Although for the record I am a wuss when it comes to spice. So don't be afraid of this wine. I'm pretty sure we can't get this wine in Illinois, but if we could it would be an excellent compliment to any and all mexican meals. And a great conversation bottle at a wine party or tasting.