It’s Friday night and it’s been an exhilarating and exhausting week! Jane has been working long hours with Leslie Iwerks on two Oscar video tributes for the upcoming Governors Awards – one for Angela Lansbury and one for the famous costume designer Piero Tosi.
And on Wednesday night, we shot more episodes for our new Web series I Love My Annoying Spouse. Steve is shooting it and Jane is writing/directing/producing. It’s a super small production with Steve and Jane, our intern Annie, and our actors Jonny and Ann. We’re in editing mode and laughing throughout!
So we were very happy to see Friday. We made a homemade dinner of Carne Asada, quesadillas, grilled zucchini and raspberry tart for dessert. With the meal, we decided to open a nice bottle that we bought during one of our trips to Napa: 201o Reverie Barbera.
And then for dessert we opened a muscat we had purchased in Napa as well from Beaulieu Vineyard. The Muscat de Beaulieu. Yum is all we have to say! It’s aroma is outstanding. Lots of honey and apricot.
It’s not overly sweet which is really nice. We both agree that this dessert wine deserves a 4 to 5 star rating. That’s huge and totally deserving!
I can’t remember when I had my last bottle of Barbera but I really like this one. Its subtle and understated, with a soft cherry nose showing noticeable astringency. I find it just a bit fruity without being sweet. With a barely there hint of dryness on the finish as well. I have to say it pairs really well with the Carne Asada, in spite of being lighter than I normally prefer. The overall package of fruitiness with good acid balance makes for a really rewarding bottle to enjoy with food.
I give the Barbera 3.75 stars out of 5
After we polished off the Barbera Jane opened the BV Muscat de Beaulieu for a night cap. This is an exceptionally rich desert wine. You get hit in the face up front with the thick honey notes and apricot sweetness. However, it doesn’t come across as overly hot or sweet, until of course you are half way through the split. The residual sugar seems really well-balanced and well in check. For a bottle at 18% alcohol it’s surprisingly drinkable.
I’ll give the Muscat 4 stars out of 5
I don’t think we’ve had a Barbera in months! It’s always a treat to try something we haven’t had in a long time. I found it medium-bodied and well-balanced. I tasted raspberry though Steve thinks it might be the raspberry tart we had for dessert. I do think there was raspberry and I found it a little acidic. I found it enjoyable but I don’t I would buy it again. I just don’t think I’m in love with Barberas. And that’s okay.
3.5 out of 5