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.
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.