Wednesday, September 15, 2010

2008 Estimulo Cabernet Sauvignon

According to the back label, estimulo is the Spanish word for stimulus or something that arouses ones interest, enthusiasm or excitement. After having most of a bottle of 2008 Estimulo Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza over dinner, I have to say that I agree with the wine's name. Is this a great wine? No. Not even close. But for $10, it seriously over-delivers in terms of body and flavor. Pretty blackberry and boysenberry flavors and enough of that green peppercorn/spice component that lets you know it's from Argentina. Quite nice with grilled chicken thighs with charmoula; a zesty Middle Eastern sauce.

Charmoula Sauce

1 tablespoon toasted cumin seeds, ground
1 1/2 cups Italian parsley
1/2 cup cilantro
2 large cloves garlic
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
6 tablespoons EVOO
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Place all ingredients in food processor and blend into coarse paste. You may want to add more olive oil to achieve desired consistency.

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