Although not as significant as the day Italian Caesar Cardini the Italian invented his famous Caesar salad in Mexico, a Baja California Mexican Nebbiolo writes a new chapter in Mexitalian taste lore. The 2005 Reserva Privada Nebbiolo by wine maker L.A. Cetto is a truly intense wine. Smelling strongly of ripe raspberries and wood resin this wine grabs you by the nose ring.
In the mouth you immediately get popped with incendiary blackberries, raspberries, dried apricot and a medley of seasoning that would be right at home in mulled wine. Coupled with the dryness of the wine, it felt like a cinnamon stick was being rubbed across your tongue.
I had this wine a great little bavette (flank steak) cooked to perfection, and the wine managed to overshadow this usually sturdy to robust slice of beef.
Every once in a while I enjoy a good, “Bull in the China Shop” and this bottle fits that bill.
Musical Match: Los Fabulosos Cadillacs contribution to the amazing Grosse Pointe Blank soundtrack was “Matador” The dramatic drumming, the cutting whistles and war whooping chorus frame this wine very well. Give this wine from the “other” California a whirl – but just don’t pair it with anything less than a strongly flavoured chunk of red meat.