September 2, 2009

Best of Labor Day: Robert Skalli Cabernet Reserve

Just because you're going to be out in the sun doesn't mean you need to bypass full-bodied red wines this Labor Day. In fact, varietals like Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon are a perfect match for big meaty burgers and thick juicy steaks.

Robert Skalli's Cabernet Sauvignon Sud de France Reserve is a viable and delicious option for these sorts of pairings. Its uniquely produced in not one, but two Languedoc terroirs -- the Western site where the temperate climate and clay-like soils produce very dense, aromatic wines, and the Eastern side where the warmer climate garners wines with more tannic properties.

The grapes in both regions are picked at the peak of their ripeness and carefully destemmed, which helps to make it bust with strong dark fruit flavors and peppery notes. If you decant this wine, you'll be more apt to taste (and appreciate) its black currant and dark berry notes. The spice slightly overpowers the fruit, which gives it such a rich character. The end product is complex, yet inviting!

Cost: $15/bottle
Pairing Suggestion: Grill meats and firm, salty cheeses