When the girls are celebrating Valentines Day or just having a night of fun together, it is nice to have a playful wine that expresses the youth in all of us and at the same time has a little heart. Recently I tried a wine that fits the bill. The 2010 Divalicious Red by Little Black Dress Wines is definitely for ladies.
The wine is an exotic red blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Tannat, Mouvedre, Garnacha and Malbec. Produced in California, the wine has a feminine quality being very fruit forward with notes of cherry. There is sweetness to the wine that one notices on the finish. I felt Divalicious Red is best savored with food especially heavier meat dishes or spicy foods. The wine complimented pork ribs at our table.
The winemaker of Little Black Dress is Zidanelia Arcidiacono, known a Z, was born in Texas but moved to Mendoza, Argentina as a young girl. Studying enology at the university in Mendoza, Zidanelia worked at Bodega Cruz de Piedra after which she did an internship at Les Vignerons du Pays d”enserune in France’s Languedoc Roussillon. Zidanelia’s entrance into the California wine industry was at Sonoma Cutrer. Later Dennis Martin of Fetzer wooed her because of her knowledge of micro-oxygenation, a winemaking process that can mature and soften red varietals if done properly. Little Black Dress Wines is part of the Fetzer family of wines and when Concha y Toro acquired the company in 2011, it was only natural to make Zidanelia the winemaker putting the feminine touch on wines that cater to women.
Having just visited Argentina recently, I can see the South American influence from the Mendoza wine regions of Lujan de Cuyo, Maipo, and Uco Valley in the Divalicious Red.
Will this Little Black Dress wine bring out the diva in you? That is up to you and your palate to decide.
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