Hosted a dinner party last night where red was de rigueur. The three bottles I selected varied from good to ugly.
2006 Rock River Cabernet Sauvignon
Used this as a cooking wine but had to sneak a sip also. Dark ruby in color without the expected accompanying fruit flavor. Somewhat flat, but acceptable to simmer beef in.
2007 Dingac Winery Plavac Peljesac Peninsula
Bought this somewhat obscure wine at the recommendation of an acquaintance and was a little disappointed. A cousin grape of Zinfandel, Plavac Mali is light in alcohol at 12%. This wine is light-bodied, soft on the nose and reminded me of a Beaujolais. I tasted a tiny bit of pepper and some light cherry. Can’t tag this wine as ‘the bad’, but wasn’t up to ‘the good’ either.
2006 Ramey Claret Napa Valley
This is a well-balanced wine with herby, fruity aromas. It’s dark purple in color, full-bodied and very food-friendly. Good wine for the price.
Wine Spectator: 91 points.