Bhojanic wine and tapas - April 30th
Ms. Abbie & Mr. Matt attended this Wine & Tapas tasting at Bhojanic - Authentic Indian Cuisine. Our friend Daniel, who also happens to be the new manager there, is revamping their wine list. He was miraculously able to find some great wines to pair with spicy Indian foods.
Among my personal favorites were:
The 2011 Sula (Nashik, India) - 100% Chenin Blanc. Tasting Notes from Daniel: "The largest and by far best winery in India. Rajeev Sula vineyards is producing wines which are now available on an international level. This Chenin Blanc is a perfect complement for the spicy character of Bhojanic food, with stone fruit, a hint of citrus, and a touch of viscosity."
The 2011 La Follette (North Coast California) - 100% Pinot Noir. Tasting Notes from Daniel: "Greets with a symphony of red fruit, complimented by notes of forest floor and cinnamon bark. With time in the glass, raspberry and rose petals emerge. Greg La Follette has delved far more deeply than most into the science behind the art of winemaking. He also fosters a fervent fascination with old world winemaking techniques. Both have fueled Greg's intense interest in the texture and mouth feel of wine leaving an indelible mark on the wines he creates"
Abbie's comments: Daniel also explained that while this is indeed a 100% Pinot Noir wine, the grapes were blended from different sites. 60-70% from Hawks Roost vineyard, the rest from either Manchester Vineyard or Mendicino Ridge. Absolutely DELICIOUS wine. I love this one!
The 2010 Domaine Du Grand Planal (Corbieres, France) - 50% Mourvedre, 25% Grenache, 25% Carignan. Daniel's notes: "Established in 1850, the winemaking tradition at this Domaine has been passed down from generation to generation. Their use of concrete tanks allows the fruit to shine. The Mourvedre here is unctuous with dark fruit and terrific mouth-feel. While the Grenache and Carignan offer finesse and backbone."
A truly lovely wine. Yum!