*** I received this wine as a sample. ***
Friday, February 5 was the last day I had to prepare for Hubby’s birthday, so there were a number of things I needed to accomplish but, considering it was a workday, the time I had to do everything was very limited. Friday started with a conference call and a couple of meetings downtown, after which, instead of heading to lunch, I ran to Harris Teeter to get a few last minute supplies to make homemade birthday ice cream sandwiches.
After the store, I went home to make cookie dough — regular chocolate chip for Hubby and gluten-free dough for me. Since the cookies were really just the vehicle to eat the ice cream, I decided to use the Original Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe with a few minor tweaks. I halved the whole thing because Hubby and I didn’t need 10 dozen cookies, then doubled the vanilla and halved the butter. For my cookies, I used my batch of Minimalist Baker’s gluten-free flour blend (without xanthan gum) instead of all-purpose flour. Amazingly, whipping together the cookie dough and getting everything chilling didn’t take much time. And, as soon as I was done, I headed back to work for my afternoon of marathon meetings on Capitol Hill.
Once my meetings finished and the workday was over, I walked home, told Hubby what I was up to, opened my wine, and popped the cookies in the oven. I made a few extra, this way we could both taste a couple on Friday night, but the goal was really to get the cookies baked and let them cool so I could make the ice cream sandwiches first thing Saturday morning.
The 2012 Montes Alpha Syrah (winery, snooth) was from the Colchagua region of Chile and was a blend of 90% Syrah, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 3% Viognier grapes. The wine had a dark purple color with a bright ruby rim and big, drippy legs. On the nose, there were blackberries and black currants mixed with tobacco and a hint of vanilla and black pepper. In the mouth, there were blackberries, blueberries, and mocha mixed with hints of vanilla, black pepper, and baking spices. The wine was full-bodied with good acidity and velvety tannins.
Is this worth a glass after work? Definitely! If you see this wine in the store, grab it; you won’t be disappointed. A t a $20 SRP, this wine is a great choice for a Friday night when you’re more likely to have a couple of glasses. It was beautiful on its own while I was waiting for the cookies to bake, went nicely with the homemade white, gluten-free pizza Hubby and I had for dinner, and was amazing with the chocolate chip cookie. The only problem with this wine was that it goes down very easily, so before I knew it, the bottle was almost empty.
Question of the Day: Do you generally have the same thing for dinner on Friday nights (like beer & pizza night) or do you generally mix things up every week?
Suggested Retail Price: $20
Received as a sample.
Overall: 4 Corks