Saturday, June 25, 2011

Hopewell Valley Rosso della Valle 2005



So last night we had company and I decided to pull another older wine. We had penne rigate with a creme pesto sauce, made fresh. I thought I'd like a medium-to-deeper red. So I decided on the Hopewell Valley Rosso della Valle 2005.

This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Chambourcin. It's fermented in stainless steel and aged in bottle for 6 months. It was a deep burgundy color, a slightly opaque. Plum and cherry on the nose, with a hint of spice. Raisins, raspberries, and plums all come through as promised.

It's won a bunch of medals:
2009 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition: Silver Medal
2009 New Jersey Wine Competition: Silver Medal
2009 National Women’s Wine Competition: Silver Medal
2009 Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association Wine Competition: Silver Medal
2009 Florida State Fair International Wine & Grape Juice Competition: Bronze Medal
2009 International Eastern Wine Competition: Bronze Medal

The wine was delicious! It was incredibly drinkable and very smooth. Nice fruit, balanced acids and tannins, it tasted beautifully alone and even better with the food. A wonderful wine that aged very, very nicely!