I had the opportunity to taste a number of wines with several of my girlfriends a few weeks ago. As a wine blogger, it is always a pleasant discovery to find deliveries in your office full of new goodies to taste. Our line-up that evening included the Banfi Vintners Rosa Regale, a sparkling apertiff with strawberry notes that was immediately claimed by one of the attendees as her bottle of the evening. We also tried the line-up of Folie A Deux wines including the Merlot, Chardonnay and Cabernet as well as the Soave DOC “Re Midas” from Cantina di Soave and Soave Classico DOC “Castello” from Cantina del Castello.
The winning wines were the Soave Classico DOC and the Folie A Deux Merlot. With its balance of tropical fruit, pear and mineral notes, the wine continued to develop in the glass for the entire evening. It was a great match with the cheeses and other appetizers set out for the evening. The Folie A Deux Merlot was almost creamy with notes of cherry, raspberry and mocha. The wine reminded me of the style of Merlots that made me realize how much I liked this grape, which coincidentally occurred right around the debut of the movie, Sideways, which almost single-handedly wiped out Merlot sales.
If you are looking for some value wines, both of these are good options. Personally, the Soave Classico DOC was my favorite.