Guest blogging this morning from the laundry facility near his sailboat in Oak Harbor is the intrepid NoStar. Onward.
The other day I stopped in at the Canned Food Store to buy a big bag of laundry detergent. Strategically placed between the cleaning supplies and myself were some inexpensive wines, one of which grabbed my attention over the silent appeals from bottles of Glen Ellen and Yellow Tail: A Danzante 2002 Merlot at $2.99 US. TWC Note: Not hard to ignore silent appeals from Glen Ellen.
I said to myself, Hmmm, Italian, it might be fun to try something foreign tonight. TWC Note: She didn't answer NoStar's text message so he bought the Danzante.
The label revealed that Danzante is the result of Robert Mondavi re-establishing connections to his family’s old country origins and a collaboration with the Frescobaldi family. The winery explains that.....
The name Danzante, Italian for dancing, captures what you will experience with these wines: a feeling of enjoyment, celebration and most of all, being in touch with your senses.
Deep and spicy, our Danzante Merlot unfolds in velvety layers of plum, berry and blueberry. Nuances of sweet spices, especially cinnamon, highlight the inviting aromas and soft, fruity flavors.
The nose is spicy but not overly so. The fruit flavors are in equal balance so that no one flavor dominates. This means that my inexperienced tongue couldn’t positively identify the promised plum, berry, and blueberry, but the velvety fruit flavor is a subtle and pleasing mixture. While not at all jammy, it is sufficient to stand up to the structure of the tannins that follow.
I do not like wines that end on a tannic note. At the exact moment I began to worry that the wine was a dud, the spiciness of the aroma reasserted itself on my tongue. Not like the promised cinnamon but more like the sweet pepper of nasturtium blossoms. Throw some nasturtium on a salad for a surprising treat. Then just when I thought the wine would end on a pleasing peppery note, the berry flavors made an encore before the spotlight faded.
I usually prefer Merlot with food, but this was enjoyable on its own and it helped elevate a mundane evening of laundry into an enjoyable experience. What more could you ask of a bottle of wine?
Wine.com has the Danzante marked down from $12.79 to $9.29. If you can find this at $2.99 per bottle, you’d better buy several.
The Wine Commonsewer Communications Network wishes to thank NoStar for his appearance here today.