Tuesday, October 3, 2006

Kacaba Vineyards 2001 Gypsy Red - $10.00

2001 was a great year for grapes, the growing season was good, the harvest was plentiful and the fruit was fully ripened – damn thing is we had these little pests called Asian Ladybugs that spoiled the whole thing and tainted much of the vintage. Which is why I find myself a little apprehensive about 2001 wines, and I’m not alone. Kacaba’s Gyspy Red, a blend of Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon, might have the faintest smell of the pyrazine taint, but thankfully, in the mouth, it’s not present. Once you get past that though, you’ll find there are also smells of red fruit like raspberries and cherries, which do, thankfully, follow through in the mouth. Gypsy Red makes for a good food wine, which also helps nullifies any appearance of the taint and it quaffs quite well. Try with pasta and meat sauce or strong cheese and you won’t be disappointed. And the price is right too. Don’t hold on to this one – drink up and enjoy now. Available at the winery only.

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