This Winesday, Gary recommends a fabulous Italian gem to pair with your favorite grilled fare this Summer, the 2007 Il Colle Rosso di Montalcino. Gary explains, "In my most recent Daily Grape May Newsletter, I tasted a boat load of Tuscan red wines from the highly acclaimed 2006 and 2007 vintages. When people think Tuscan reds, and Italian red wine in general, they usually think of two food pairing situations - cheap Chianti with Pizza, or super expensive Brunello and Barolo with refined truffle and beef dishes. What they don't realize is that there's lots of room in between! This Rosso di Montalcino is the epitome of a "Baby Brunello," with impressive structure and depth, and a smoky component that works well with grilled foods. What it also has is an attractive price point, which makes it affordable enough to drink with burgers or flank steaks off the grill on a Tuesday."
Gary's Tasting Note: Sour cranberry and raspberry notes, with some smokiness and burnt wood character. Good tannins with dark chocolate that is super rich with nice elegance and power. Reminds me of hockey player Eric Lindros in his prime! Beautiful structure that combines strength with grace. Score: 92+, $23 msrp.
Gotta love a guy who can work in a hockey reference in a tasting note! Be sure to check out Gary's Daily Grape Newsletter this month and get the low down on the much-hyped 2006 and 2007 vintages from Tuscany. What dishes do you look forward to grilling this Summer? Also, speaking of hockey, who are you rooting for to win the Stanley Cup - the Bruins or the Canucks?