But on to the wines...
'07 Napa Cellars Merlot, Napa Valley, USA($26): An opaque ruby color, with lovely aromas of raspberry and dusting of black spice, this wine had a smooth mouthfeel. With alcohol level clocking in at 14.5%, I felt a touch of heat at the finish, but not in an unpleasant way. Flavors of black fruit with a touch of mocha, and soft smooth tannins made this a nice drinking wine.
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'07 Napa Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, USA($28): This wine also had a dark ruby color with aromas of black fruit, berry and woodsy hints. It showed tasty flavors of black fruit, berries and spice. The finish was short, but with nice black fruit and a smidge of cedar. Again, smooth tannins. Which made me immediately think "Cheese!"
Sure enough, with a mild cheddar, an aged Parmigiano Reggiano and Pt. Reyes Blue, both wines were complementary. Since we are entering the season of scrounging around so as not to arrive empty handed, these pretty labels, nice bottles and easy breezy cheese pairing, will come in handy. I am getting some bottles to stash away for those occasions when I need to come up with something to bring with. Everyone always loves wine and cheese but it's not always the easiest thing to pair well on the fly. You can find these wines at Cost Plus World Market.