I took my first ever trip to Philly this past weekend. Besides the Matt Nathanson show, the highlight of our excursion was dining at Tria Café in Rittenhouse Square. In conjunction with their sensational cheese menu, they have a fantastic and fun wine menu. Their wine classification system was absolutely enjoyable and consisted of categories such as “funky, sociable, and lighthearted”. I found it to be an unpretentious and clever way in which to effectively convey wine character.
I chose to begin the evening with a South African wine; the A.A. Badenhorst Secateurs Red Blend 2009. The gorgeous dark ruby glass opened with fresh green smells of eucalyptus and herbs. The medium-full body was brimming with cherry and plum flavours that gave way to smoky black pepper. The Delice de Bourgogne on my cheese plate that I was dipping into local Pennsylvania honey illuminated the earthy and leathery notes beautifully. I became a fan of the somewhat short finish with its crisp and pleasantly dry, yet refreshing closing.
58% Shiraz, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon,14% Cinsault, 8% Mourvedre, 4% Grenache, 1% Carignan
$17 [average price]
Enjoy now thru 2012
My following venture was the Lechthaler Teroldego Rotaliano 2009. The aroma of cherries and spice energized the delightful dark garnet colour. The medium body was filled with tasty almost tart flavours of cherry and raspberry. Notes of earthiness and smoky tobacco added depth and rounded out the zingy berry flavours. In my cheese plate endeavors, I had moved on to Piave Vecchio, its saltiness coupled with its slightly bitter almond taste underscored the wine’s pleasing acidity in the short spicy finish. The smooth, well structured body with its brisk play of tart fruits and earthy spice is a glass that really gets a boost from a delectable plate of just about anything, and assisted in the demolition of my cheese plate.