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Tuesday’s Tasting – Summers Charbono

Finally, another Tuesday’s Tasting, but on Wednesday. So I guess we should call this one Wine Wednesday.

This time I’m writing about my absolute favorite wine right now – Summers Charbono. Summers Estate Wines is located in the Napa Valley. After visiting their tasting room last year, we immediately became a wine club member. All of their wines are very good and surprisingly affordable, especially for Napa. The Charbono is Summers’ signature “unique” wine. It’s inky, rich, dark berry flavors, with a satin finish … very easy to drink. This wine doesn’t last very long in our wine fridge but my plan is to save a bottle to bring in the new season of Dexter! Good thing it’s just a few days away!

The Charbono is available at the winery for $28.00, but you can sometimes find it a little cheaper at local wine shops.

If you’re unfamiliar with Charbono, it’s kind of like Petite Sirah in its inky color, thick tannins and full-bodied mouthfeel. Summers’ 2009 is a big wine, bone dry and modest in alcohol, with deep blackberry, grilled meat and black pepper flavors. It’s a good barbecue wine that will probably live for 20 years. – Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Tuesday’s Tasting – Rocca di Frassinello Le Sughere

Another Tuesday Tasting and yes, another bottle of Italian wine. We can’t believe it ourselves, but it’s such a great value and highly rated wine we just had to talk about it. Today’s bottle, a 2009 Rocca di Frassinello Le Sughere got 93 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, 91 points and a Top 100 (#69) pick from the Wine Spectator and it’s only $24.99! A great wedding wine at that price.

“The 2009 Le Sughere di Frassinello is simply dazzling in this vintage. Expressive floral notes are woven throughout a fabric of vibrant dark fruit in this intense, supple red. Racy and expressive from start to finish, the wine impresses for its fabulous harmony and ripe, explosive finish. Le Sughere is best described as the estate’s second label. It is a 50% Sangioveto, 25% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged 12 months in French oak, 50% new. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2021.” — 93 Points, Antonio Galloni for Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Get it at Wally’s Wine in West LA while it lasts.

Tuesday’s Tasting…

Happy Valentine’s Day!! This isn’t really a “Valentine’s” post… but I do love wine and Valentine’s Day is about love after all so I think it’s perfectly acceptable for today. Also, for those of you who know me, it might seem a little strange for my first wine post to be about a non-California wine. We do love our California wines here at the Mitchell residence. But this Ciabot Berton Barbera D’Alba Fisetta from Piemonte, Italy is one of our new favorites. Read More…