After a make shift dinner of salad and cobbled together left overs, my wonderful husband brought a bottle up from our cellar – which holds my pickles, canned fruit, our homemade fruit wine and misc other stuff as well as our bottles of wine – so this is his choice tonight. I might have to coax him to select a wine more often.
Seven Hills winery 2010 Carmenere. Where the last bottle was probably easy to find, this one will not be; it isn’t on the website. As a special bottling, this Carmenere was sourced from two Walla Walla vineyards.
A bright ruby-red color, we poured it right from the bottle to start with and then aerated it. First poured the nose highlighted leather, dried herbs, and a bit like the local tire shop’s tires (rubber); but quite pleasant. Right away the tannins dominated my palate with white pepper and herbs at the front and a lingering berry finish.
Once aerated, the nose lost most of the rubbery aroma, retained the leather and herbs for a wonderfully warm impression. Reining in the tannins allowed the pepper and herb flavors to grow, but retained the brightness it had at first. The berry finish clarifies a bit to raspberry.
Using my sliver of brownie and square of dark chocolate to pair since dinner was already done, both complimented the wine and vice versa nicely. I could be tempted to pair them again for a second round of dessert they were so good. I am thinking I will make pasta for dinner tomorrow with a red sauce since half of the bottle will remain tonight.