Friday, September 30, 2011

Deep Sea Red Blend, 2008, Central Coast

I enjoyed this California red during a recent meal at Boudro’s on the Riverwalk in San Antonio. Outside lights twinkled and boats carrying visitors cruised back and forth on the narrow waterway. Inside my fellow diners and I enjoyed a great meal at one of the best restaurants in the area. We had opted for an inside table since the temperatures outside still hovered around 90 degrees.

Having enjoyed a fish entree the previous evening, I opted for a nice Black Angus fillet and wanted a new red to go along with it. The Deep Sea caught my attention, perhaps inspired by the water just a few feet away from us.

Deep Sea is a blend of 74% Syrah, 14% Petite Sirah, 6% Lagrein (which is new to me), with dashes of Merlot and Mourvèdre. It has a nose of plum and berries and a very mellow, smooth entry. The tannins for this wine were very soft and a bit more structure would have made it a more ideal pairing with my steak. This certainly was an enjoyable sipper due to its rounded, jammy flavor notes. The finish was of medium duration. The bottle retails for about $21. ***

After finishing our meal we hopped on one of the barges that travel the river and took in a nice tour while enjoying dessert and cordials.

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