2009 Don Ernesto's Napa Crescendo Red Table Wine
Red Blend •Hagafen Estate Vineyard
California: Napa Valley
Rhapsody in Red
Today’s lovely, budget-friendly 2009 Don Ernesto’s Napa Valley Crescendo Red Table Wine is a rich, dark, complex wine with more character than might be expected for a wine of under $19. Especially considering that the wine was made by Napa Valley winemaker, Ernie Weir, of Hagafen Cellars fame.
We have really grown to love Hagafen wines and when we learned of Ernie’s Don Ernesto label, we had high hopes for its lower-priced wines. We were not disappointed. Today’s Red Table wine delivers a rich, dark and pleasing blend that we found pairs best with dark, grilled meats or a hearty meat lasagne.
Enjoy this wine, now, but lay a few bottles down for the next few years for what we presume will be an even more delightful drinking experience.
Perfect dark ruby hues with perfectly even coloration from clear core, right out to the edge of the glass. Spin the wine and watch as tall, skinny tears move slowly down the glass.
A tad shy, at first, this wine really springs to life with smoky dark cherry, cassis, darkly toasted oak and sweet tobacco. The more you swirl, the more that additional aromas emerge, including hard leather, cocoa dust, sweet baking spice, toasty vanilla and pencil shavings.
Dark, smoky black cherry and overripe blackberry take the lead. These are followed by braised black plum, dried brown tobacco leaf, dark oak, baking spice, black pepper and caramelized sugar.
Medium in length, with dark fruit and dark tobacco, spice and oak diminishing in even proportion to one another. At the very end, a soft dryness is accompanied by the flavor of subtle graphite.