Casa de Triomphe – Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon

Casa de Triomphe – Merlot Cabernet SauvignonFirm and boring as any merlot should be, but it puts up a bit of a droll fuss from the sauvignon side of the fam. Delectably oaky, but only after the first swallow and evermore dry with each mouthful. Surely on the redder end of the red wines, a suggestion of cherries with none of the sweetness. Not too tannic, but enough to make the cheese go down. Tasted with muenster.

Joostenberg 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon

Rich and young. The tannic finish waits half a second to greet you with a sandy paper rub to polish the thickest cheese. Medium-bodied and frankly lush, it will water your mouth without end. Slightly sweet and charmingly pucker-powered, the Western Grape of Joostenberg triumphs.

Taken with extra cheese jalapeño pepperoni sausage onion pizza with extra sauce on the side.