Somehow I managed to not take a picture of this wine and the chicken parmigiana with which it paired so well.
This Texas Wine Club selection from Serrano Wine (more) is a Montepulciano whose grapes are sourced from Triple D Vineyard (more) in the Texas High Plains. You can watch the video about the wine on YouTube here, with the tasting notes (spicy red and black fruits and baking spices is the cliff notes).
I’d actually call it dark and cherry, with some earthy/clay undertones. Now knowing the grapes came from out by Brownfield, the dirt taste makes sense. I don’t usually get earthy tones from grapes grown in the Hill Country. [Hey, listen to me, I sound like I know what I’m talking about….] It has a bold red fruit flavor that finishes with spices and was slightly sweet on the tongue and not dry. It went really well with the chicken parmigiana. A perfect Wednesday night wine.
The wine actually went well with the chocolate cake I had for dessert. I can see this going well with that funky chocolate cherry cake that always turns up at the church luncheon. You know the one – made by pastor’s wife (who can’t cook) but she can dump a cake mix and a can of cherry pie filling together and bake it. You know, the kind of dessert you have to grab on your first round (like Sarah Sue’s banana pudding) or else there won’t be any left. I don’t recommend this wine with banana pudding, but IF you have some left over after a nice steak, try pairing it with a cherry pie or cobbler.