Cirque du Vin (Circus of the Wine) is the name of this week’s Wine Wednesday feature from Peachy Canyon Winery (Paso Robles, CA). This wine is their version of a Bordeaux style blend taking a few liberties with some of the varietals to give it a California twist. The 2011 vintage is comprised of 44% Merlot, 38% Syrah, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Zinfandel and 1% Petite Sirah.
It should be noted that the blend for this wine varies with each vintage. Perhaps that’s the circus here. The cast is ever changing – somewhat mysterious – even intriguing - perhaps. Who will the players be the next year?
The nose on this vintage is one of blackberry, dark plum and subtle smoke. On the palate, the same fruit with an assertive but not overt acidity and bold lingering tannins on the finish. I must note that I found this wine to be much better the second day when cloves became a pleasant part of the nose as well On day 2, the acidity became more balanced and the tannins a touch smoother. For food pairing, I say braised dishes particularly those that include beef like my Braised Beef Tips with Mushrooms or Bouja (Harvest stew). Both are great slow cooker options. To print or save the recipes, click the links below.