Everyone can’t wait ‘til Friday rolls around and especially here at the winery, because Friday is our tasting day! Every tasting is a new experience and that’s why it’s so much fun. Last Friday we tasted two impeccable wines. First, our 2008 Knights Valley Bellisimo, named after Amy and my dear friend Louise Bellisimo. The wine and the ladies are “most beautiful,” which as you may know is what “belissimo” means in Italian.
We also tasted our 2008 Knights Valley Ti Amo. You will just love this wine! Remember, Ti Amo means “I love you” in Italian. There’s nothing better than sitting down with my most beautiful wife, taking that first sip of Ti Amo, looking into her eyes, and saying “I love you.” It always brings a huge smile to her face, no matter how many times I’ve done it.
Here are our tasting notes.
2008 Knights Valley Bellisimo (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot)
This wine is seamless. On the nose we picked up aromas of candied chocolate. On the palate, we imagined chocolate covered cherries, with some overtones of pie crust and a hint of nutmeg. A very concentrated wine, yet with a silky finish that left a soft, toasty and slight vanilla finish. Soft, yet firm tannins tell me that this wine’s going to last for a long time.
2008 Knights Valley Ti Amo (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot)
The panel is in agreement: This wine is “ridiculously good.” An ocean of blackberry fruit and chocolate on the nose leads to an explosion of cocoa and cherry, followed by a hint of espresso bean. Great mouthfeel is saturated with mocha and sweet oak. On the finish, an undertone of chocolate lingers playfully on the palate. We thought this wine was impeccable, so we tasted it again. Yep, it’s impeccable.