LOVE LOVE LOVE this wine!
Recently, I joined the 75K member strong band of Naked Angels - a club that sponsors new and upcoming winemakers called NakedWines.com. It's been an incredible journey of discovering new and unknown wines and wine makers through Naked - and you gotta love the name! Naked Angels received discounted wines through the club, and get targeted selections by rating the wines they receive. A Facebook-like interface lets you interact with other wine lovers as well as the wine makers in discussing the wines you are enjoying in real time.
A random selection turned out to be a gem - the 2014 Jac Cole Mosaico. Oddly enough, the Naked rating engine told me that I wouldn't like this one. When I first opened it and smelled the fruity, intense nose, I knew the selection engine was off on this one.
Rich chocolately flavors blend with forward mulberry and plum fruit in this light yet rich Bordeaux blend. A hint of Malbec gives it a bit of a kick, and adds complexity to the middle note of the wine. An earthy tone that is so characteristic of French wine is present in this Mosaico, which made it a great choice for a spicy dinner like Orange Spiced Chicken wings.
Others on the Naked site said that aeration improved the flavor even more, which makes sense as this is a young wine. I plan to buy more and try this, along with another suggestion that this fabulous Mosaico was amazing alongside a yummy pork tenderloin.
Music Pairing Suggestions: This wine is fun yet regal and sophisticated, rich yet not too overpowering. I suggest enjoying it alongside some Philip Glass, or vintage Moody Blues.
Food Pairing Suggestions: I enjoyed this wine with my Blue Apron shipment dinner of Spicy Orange Chicken Wings and Shitake -Sesame Rice. The earthiness of the wine paired nicely with the rich Shitake mushroom taste, and the chocolately - licorice flavors helped to take some of the bite away from the chili sauce that graced my wings (Blue Apron tells you that you can add as much as you want - I dumped in the whole container). Others from the Naked site recommended enjoying this wine with Mac and Cheese, or a grilled Pork Tenderloin.
If you haven't tried Blue Apron - it is a service that ships you three recipes a week along with all the ingredients you need to make the recipe. It is heaven for foodies - we haven't had a non enjoyable meal yet!
Activity Pairings: This was a great wine to watch Star trek by!
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