I met with Lloyd, a great friend and occasional "guest blogger", at a favourite local resto, Toucheh. To match the Persian/Italian-styled fare he brought an Italian wine, the 2001 Villa Cafaggio Cortaccio IGT, a wine made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Dark, inky red, it burst forth with violets and sweet sausage, supported by blackberry, prune, liquorice, cedar, cloves and flint. Full-bodied and bone-dry on the palate, with nice sour cherry fruit, velvety tannins and very fine balance, it was eerily reminiscent of the "La Gioia" I enjoyed recently. Beautiful, complex, with a nice lingering finish, it paired nicely with my chami kebab, and Lloyd says "fanatastic complement for a light eggplant parmigiana." Good now after a decant, or better in a few years.
cork. ~14% alcohol
Price: ~C$65 (SAQ)