White's Wine: A lazy Sunday afternoonBy Stuart White
February 18, 2010
New World Cabernet Sauvignon is big and in your face – my kind of Sunday afternoon wine.
Deep in colour and strong in flavours – expect black fruit (blackcurrant, black cherry) and oaky spice. A good Cab is deep in colour, intense, full bodied and best poured with suitably powerful foods like a home-made Sunday roast (beef, of course) or a meat feast pizza.
And three I had been saving up for a few friends went down a treat at the weekend.
I always start with what I think will be the best (read most expensive) wine and work my way down.
First pour was The Robert Mondavi Private Selection 2007 (£9.99 at Tesco) from California, followed by the South African Porcupine Ridge (£5, on offer from £6.99 at Sainsbury’s) and Argentinian bargain bottle Finca Las Moras (£4.49 at the Co-Op).
The California smooth Mondavi was the pick, packed with pronounced plum and blackberry flavours, but if I had a tenner in my pocket
I would probably buy two of the bold Porcupine Ridge. Or two of the juicy, peppery Finca from Mendoza.
Or, actually, would I treat myself to the Mondavi? This debate was flying round the table without properly reaching a satisfactory conclusion.
Apart from that wine, like art, is opinion and essential for livening up a dinner party. We did agree you can’t go wrong with these three.