Over the Memorial Day weekend, we had a few friends over for a potluck dinner and had a chance to sample two more Tuesday wines, which couldn’t have been more different. The first was Louis Latour’s Pinot Noir that we enjoyed with appetizers of herbed goat cheese and olives. The second was a Cabernet Sauvignon by Catena that was served with the grilled pork loin entrée.
The 2007 Pinot Noir by Louis Latour is from the Burgundy region in eastern France. Why couldn’t we have spent Memorial Day weekend there? I digress. The wine is 13% ABV, has a rusty red color and a light flavor that went well with the apps. This is a decent Pinot for $8.99 a bottle with moderate acid and no discernable aftertaste. We drink Pinot’s on a fairly consistent basis and compared to others I’ve had, this one was good but nothing to write home about. I really appreciate it when a good wine lingers a bit on the palate because I think it gives you a chance to more fully experience its character. This Pinot’s taste was gone too quickly to really get to know it. “The Hungry Southerner” and I both agreed that because of its lightness, this wine could be chilled for sangria, especially with plenty of fruit added to amp up the flavor.
The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon from Catena is imported by Billington Wines and is a blend of Cabernet grapes from multiple vineyards in the Mendoza region of Argentina. This high altitude red has a beautiful deep purple color and bold flavors of ripe fruit and pungent earth. Not surprisingly, I loved it. It made me wish that I’d been drinking it on an estancia in the foothills of the Andes. Google “pictures of Mendoza” and you’ll know what I mean – seriously gorgeous. This wine was really good with the grilled pork marinated in bourbon but even better with the flourless dark chocolate cake we had for dessert. I’m not sure the exact price of this wine, but for somewhere between 10 and 12 dollars per bottle, it’s definitely worth trying again.Here’s to wine, food and travel, Mark D.