I served the La Stella Allegretto 2006 ($38.00/13.9% ABV) with our barbequed prime rib and roasted vegetables. (Scroll way down to my previous post to read the skinny on the veg.)
This La Stella wine, a merlot, comes from B.C.'s Okanagan Valley. I found plums, dark berries, and rose petals on the nose. On the palate, this wine had supple tannins that worked with flavours of plum, dark berries, black cherries, and chocolate that finished long. Oh, and if I haven't mentioned this before, La Stella is the sister winery to Le Vieux Pin.
As for the prime rib (which worked well with the wine, by the way) I made another pseudo pesto: this one had olive oil, fresh rosemary and thyme from my herb garden, garlic from yesterday's adventure at the farmers market, some sea salt, white pepper corns, mustard seeds, and about two tablespoons of a rich balsamic vinegar—all processed in my counter-top KitchenAid. I brushed the concoction on to the roast several times as it did its twirly thing on the rotisserie. Yum.
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