2005 Calaveras County Murgatroyd
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The nose has layers of spice and fruit - predominantly fruit at first (strawberry, blueberry, blackberry), but mellowing out later with earthy notes, tar, and tobacco. The flavors across the palate follow from the nose, hitting at the forefront with fruit, with black pepper and other spices hitting the midpalate and finishing with oakiness. The description says there's nutmeg, but I didn't catch that - which is good because nutmeg is a real turnoff for me. As time opens the wine, the finish stretches out, adding on layers of earthiness and chocolate. Tannins come to the party, and the wine takes on a distinctly cabernet-like feel to it. It rounds out nicely, making for a nicely balanced, enjoyable wine.
This was paired with tapas for dinner, including an asada tri-tip roast, which had a good peppery kick to it. The wine held up really well to the spice, so don't be afraid to pepper up your food with this one.
Pairing suggestions: Tapas, Tacos and Taquitos! Manchego cheese, robust beef (ribeye, sirloin, tri-tip).