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- Innkeeper - 08-24-2008 05:26 PM

2004 Dehesa de Rubiales, Alaia ($12). We paid $28 in a restaurant. Alcohol level: 14.5%. It is a blend of Prieto Picudo (50%), Tempranillo and a touch of Merlot.

The wine is almost jet black to the eye. It gives a blast of black fruit to the nose and tongue tip. With a body you could almost cut with knife, the middle is incredibly complex with chewy tannin. The finish lingers and lingers.

We matched it with a lamb dish that had the meat in a spicy tomato sauce with roasted summer squash all on a bed of cous cous. The wine went perfectly with it. A dinner companion who ate turkey meatballs in a pink vodka sauce on pasta also enjoyed the wine with it.

We were celebrating our 45th anniversary, and our friend was celebrating her (???) birthday.


- dananne - 08-24-2008 05:40 PM

Congratulations on the anniversary!


- winoweenie - 08-24-2008 08:21 PM

I've had meeny of them (???) birthdays. WW [Image: wink.gif]


- hotwine - 08-24-2008 08:46 PM

Congrats to you both, IK. Here's to many more.


- Drew - 08-25-2008 05:17 AM

45 years....and with the same person? Impressive and many best wishes for many more.

Drew


- wondersofwine - 08-25-2008 11:01 AM

Congrats to you both. My parents reached 59 years together.


- Innkeeper - 10-14-2008 08:30 AM

We popped another last night ($9.99 NH Liq Store). It was lovely with Sweet & Sour Eggplant Soba.