Thursday, January 10, 2013

Folie à Deux Alexander Valley Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

A few nights ago, Shirley and I dined at one of our favorite Italian restaurants in North Syracuse, Nestico's.  The food has always been outstanding and the wine list has always been fantastic.  The wine list is small, about 25 different wines and a special "ask for" selection of wines rated 94+, but the selection is what makes this list so fantastic.  The menu is more of a somewhat eclectic Italian/American, but I have a few favorites and they are all Italian.  My wine choice was usually Italian wines, but over the past few years I branched out with recommendations from the chief cook, bottle washer and owner Peter Nestico.   This time it was a wine that he added to the list about a month ago, A Folie à Deux Alexander Valley Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon 2009.  We paired the wine with one of Nestico's specialties, chicken Parmesan with pasta, hoping that this would not be a big jammy California Cab.  That, it was not. I was sold with the first sniff of the server's tasting pour.
Color was a dark ruby red with soft aromas of blackberry, blueberry and some black cherry.  Mouthfeel was very soft with blackberry, blueberry, some plum and a just a hint of licorice. The finish was medium to long, very earthy berry like and silky smooth.  Very nicely balanced and a perfect wine for our Italian dinner.  Even Shirley had a second glass.  That means she really, really, really liked this wine.
The suggested retail price for this wine is $24, but I was able to find it on-line for as low as $17.  When, I buy wine, I very seldom will purchase more than two bottles of any one wine.  I don't believe I have ever purchased a case or half case of any one wine, but I am making an exception for this Folie à Deux Cabernet Sauvignon.  A case has been ordered. An excellent value and VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.


Sarah Park said...

I haven't heard of this wine before. This looks interesting to try. I love tasting different kinds of wine.

joeshico said...

Sarah, this is the same winery that produces Ménage à Trois. If your local shops do not carry the Cab/Sauv you can order on-line. Just google search Folie a Deux.

edward said...

I too enjoy this Cab, and more from Alexander Valley. I like the fruit forward traits that most of the red wines from this area put forward. If you can be patient and hold some bottles till 4 to 5 years from vintage date, you will be rewarded with some great glasses of wine.
I just opened an '09 Folie last night and was amazed at how good it was. 6 months ago I tried one and it was good, but not like this. I am realizing most cabs from this area are at their best with time.