It was a dark and stormy night.... and this is a dark and stormy wine. Whew. I did everything I could to optimize it. I uncorked it, stuck in a thermometer and made sure it was at the recommended temperature (18 degrees Celsius (64 F)) when I poured it for the first time - it smells nice, dark cherry, a bright scent of acid.
First sip: Dry, lots of tannin. Good thing I am making steak! The fattiness of the steak can balance out the tannin. But there is an after burn to this wine, and no, it isn't a finish, it is a burn.
After the Vinturi: NO don't do it. The wine goes from a complex, acidic dry fruit and then after the run through the Vintuiri, it loses its complexity, it becomes an uneven hodgepodge. This tastes like a rustic homemade wine that just didn't quite use the right ingredients.
The rest of the bottle is going into the vinegar barrel.
Asparagus (finally in season!)
Butternut squash & Sage Risotto made with TJ's 3 grain blend risotto rice, barley & spelt