Sunday, June 1, 2008
Wine Recommendation ::Cycles Gladiator Collection.
2005 Central Coast Chardonnay shows how successful this eccentric method is at keeping bitterness at bay. Cool fermentation in new and neutral French oak makes for brighter, richer, fruitier, Chardonnay-ier flavors. The cool-climate aromatics of peach and pineapple! The ripe, fresh white stone and tropical fruit flavors Bright acidity setting the fruit aloft like a zeppelin!
2006 Cycles Gladiator Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon
Flavors of dark fruits layered on more dark fruits wrapped in a cloak of dusty tannins. Lush and mouthfilling from start to finish, there is enough acid to support the whole structure but doesn’t finish sharp. The wine drops off at just the right place. I am declaring this the “Official Wine of Filet Mignon™”. It will also go great with BBQ short ribs, and with bigger, spicy, tomato-based pasta and meat dishes
Cycles Gladiator Central Coast Merlot
Lush red fruits fill the mouth in increasing intensity finishing with plums and a pretty green thread over the background. The tannins are substantial but melting, offering more of a velvet richness as opposed to the harsh, bitter character that many Merlots can have. And then there is the unique cool-climate acidity that suspends the entire sensation well into the finish. This is a Merlot that can pair with a broad spectrum of foods. Try pairing with a dinner consisting of a variety of finger foods: Mushroom and sausage over polenta squares, pepper teriyaki beef on wooden skewers, and lamb kabobs with a cherry balsamic marinade reduction.
Cycles Gladiator Pinot Noir 2005
This is pure Pinot Noir with signature ripe black cola and a hint of spiciness on the nose. Core flavors of cherry and plum along with silky notes of wild berries and vanilla fill the mouth while the soft, velvety tannins and balanced acidity keeps the wine suspended into the finish. This is a substantial wine that can stand up to a number of rich foods. Try pairing it with plum-glazed game birds or salmon steaks with garlic mashed potatoes. It would also pair well with duck confit on a bed of roasted garlic and steamed spinach greens
Mostly less that $10.00 a bottle. Big wine, big flavor less price........
If in doubt, add more wine. Enjoy.
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