Dante Robino vs Chateau Roc Meynard
Late last week, as I plotted to serve this F&W Beef Carbonnade last night, I began contemplating what bold wine to serve with the stew. Even I’m impressed with my having the forethought to open the Dante Robino a day ahead, giving it plenty of time to open up.
Next, the stand off of these two wines paired with the carbonnade.
First, the Dante Robino. 100% Bonarda from Mendoza, Argentina. I’d assumed this would be a very bold wine. Well, it wasn’t. It looked like it would have been. Beautiful dark, dense ruby color in the glass. I finally felt like it hit three notes: medium bodied, higher than necessary tannins and alcohol burn, and therefore not well-balanced. Unfortunately, this one just didn’t hit the mark.
2012 Dante Robino: $15, thumbs down
On the other hand, the Bordeaux from Chateau Roc Meynard. With only 15-20 minutes to open up, it complemented the beef carbonnade nicely. A nice blend of rich fruit flavors with supple tannins for a smooth, enjoyable finish. It’s 90% Merlot, 5% Cab Sauv, and 5% Cab Franc (love Cab Franc!). What a delight.
2011 Chateau Roc Meynard Bordeaux Superieur: $16, thumbs up!
Best wishes to everyone as 2014 begins, with oh so many wines to sample!