JR came over last night and we heroically got through four bottles of red, all in the name of reviewing said wines of course. To accompany the wines we had a mystery stew, which had been lurking in the freezer, and which turned out to a delicious lamb tajine.
1) Las Casetta di Ettore Righetti - Valpolicella Ripasso - 2005.
We got this in a hamper from Sheridans Cheesemongers so I'm guessing you can get it there. This was universally acknowledged to be divine. A silky smooth velvety wine, with delicious fruits and a big chocolately* finish.
2) Penfolds Bin 389 - Cabernet Shiraz - 2005.
This wine is known as the mini Grange and I had wanted to try this for ages and about 6 months ago I finally stumped up the €30 in O'Briens. I was not disappointed. Big jammy fruits but some solid structure and a suggestion of tannins make this a winner. A perfect marriage of old and new world styles.
3) Tesco Chianti Classico - 2007.
Good solid Chianti from Tesco, ticks all the boxes and is perfect with any tomato based food.
4) Protocolo - 2006
Previously reviewed here. I'm still loving this wine.
*The ladies insisted that the wine was chocolatey - who am I to argue?