Pleasant surprises, however, by their very nature, never grow old or tiresome. For example, earlier this month I returned home from a late afternoon walk to find a box on my front stoop. I recognized the name on the package immediately, “The Royal Wine Corp.” I had reviewed around a dozen or so wines from their catalogue about a year ago, but hadn’t heard from them since then.
I took the box in, opened it, and found six bottles of this year’s catalogue inside, all just begging for a review. Inside I found a variety that crisscrossed the planet from Judea to Spain, and then across the Atlantic to Canada and Argentina. Naturally, I contacted the Royal Wine Corp., thanking them for the surprise batch, and they were very gracious in their reply.
Overall, a very enjoyable wine, for which I would fall back onto standard Malbec pairings. Think curried dishes or barbecued lamb. Flame charred peppers prepared with oil and garlic would also serve nicely.
下一个酒我从箱子里是2014年她zog Camouflage, a red wine blend featuring twelve grape varietals. On pouring, the wine catches sunlight quite nicely, with deep, even red tones throughout. On tilting the glass, the outer portion of the wine features thin purple hues, with rich ruby tinged purple towards the back of the glass. On the nose, the wine features what I’ll have to call a ‘varied’ quality. Dark fruits predominate, perhaps sliced plum or dark berries. Into the middle of the glass, blackberries and citrus become discernable. Towards the bottom, dark fruits predominate. On sampling, the wine boasts a varied complexity. Berry fruits are prominent, with hints of herbal notes and very subtle spice.
A very complex wine, I’m going to suggest serving this is alongside heartier meals, such as roasts, herbed meats, marinated steaks, or pasta with spicy red sauce. I could also see this pairing nicely with shark or tuna steaks prepared with herbs.
The next bottle we received was a 2014 Appellation Cabernet Sauvignon from the Carmel Winery in Galilee. Off the top of the glass, mild spice is immediate, followed by very prominent red fruit essences. The fruit essences dominate through the middle and bottom of the glass. On sampling, the flavors are somewhat more balanced, with the fruity essences becoming somewhat milder in favor of a pleasant acidity and balanced tannic qualities. Hints of oak are discernable, alongside the mild spice that first introduced the wine on the nose. The finish is pleasant and lasting.
For pairing, I would suggest serving this wine seasonally on its own as an aperitif either in the early spring or early fall socially. For pairing, I would suggest light appetizers such as brie with strawberries. This would also serve excellently as a dessert wine paired with fruit tortes, or perhaps custard prepared with berries.
Finally, we come to the 2014 Merlot from Teperberg, a family owned winery near Tzora in the Judean hills. The wine introduces itself with red fruit essences, ripe and very distinct off the top of the glass. Strawberries carry into the middle of the glass perforated by blackberry note. The fruit bouquet becomes very pronounced towards the bottom of the glass, almost strikingly so. On the palate, the nose largely carries over, but with a bit more balance towards the berries. Think deep cherries and ripe strawberries, with perhaps just a vague hint of either spice or dry cigar box.
Pairing for this wine is very simple. Medium texture chesses, such as aged asiago would go very nicely. On the creamier end of the spectrum, a Paglierina would also pair nicely. Once again, herbed lamb is a decent pairing. Southern Italian cuisine such as pasta with garlic, oil, and herbs would serve perfectly.
总体来说，我很高兴我选择从接收御任葡萄酿酒公司，and since these are all kosher wines, they are excellent for the Passover holiday.