Recent Uncorkings: Ditka!

Posted by | Posted in Wine Reviews | Posted on 12-24-2010

Uploaded to flickr by Wallula JunctionNow that we’ve settled in a bit here at Terroirist, I figured I’d share some of my recent tasting notes. Hopefully this starts a trend among the Terroirists and you can read about what each of us is drinking on a regular basis.

And no, I’m not using the 100-point scale, although my notes should make it clear whether I enjoyed the wine.

2006 Domaine de la Janasse Cotes du Rhone Villages Terre d’Argile – Dark purple color, nose of dark fruits and spices. Dark berry fruits on the palate with that spiciness you look for in CdRs. Great balance of fruit on the front palate with leather and spice at the finish. Great QPR for under $20.

2003 Pax Syrah Walker Vine Hill – Deep magenta color, nose of dark berries and some chocolate. Dark fruit on the front palate, but lacking some secondary characteristics. There’s lots of acid present, and that’s a good thing as it keeps this from being a fruit bomb. Extremely smooth, if not terribly long, finish. Fully resolved tannins so I don’t see this getting any better, although it should be fine for a few more years. Very solid effort.

2007 Callemattoni Rosso di Montalcino – Very terroir-driven nose, with hints of berries and plenty of funk. The wine is light in the mouth with somewhat muted red fruits and plenty of acid and tannins, although it’s not unbalanced. The finish is rather short. Enjoyable. Shout-out to my mom for bringing this back from Italy (not sure of its availability in the States).

2004 Mike Ditka Cabernet Sauvignon – Nose of sweet red fruits and nice hints of vanilla. Perfectly integrated dark red fruits with a fantastic, creamy, very smooth finish. In a perfect place to drink now. Medium length finish. More of a classic Napa cab than it is a bruiser (ironic since it comes from Iron Mike), this wine delivers great value for under $20.

It’s a pity I didn’t drink the Ditka cab with fellow Terroirist, and my equal when it comes to being a raging Chicago Bears fan, Robby Schrum. I bought and have been holding this wine more as a novelty than anything else. I cracked it during a recent Bears game and was shocked at how nice it was.

What have you enjoyed lately?

Comments (1)

  1. Greg — Thanks for the shout-out. Strack’s has an excellent selection of Ditka wines. Sadly, we won’t be serving any at the Schrum household this weekend. But it looks like I can join the “Kick Ass” Ditka wine club: http://www.mikeditkawines.com/.