We decided to get a little adventurous with our palates ordering a new varietal of wine and beef checks, a delicacy which melted in my mouth, officially making me an instant fan of this succulent meat. The Italian blend of Lambrusco, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot was a perfect pairing. Lambrusco comes from the Alto-Adige region in Italy, a northern region known more its white wines with a very small red wine production due to the cooler climate. Lambrusco presents itself similar to a Cab Franc making it an excellent blending grape. Overall, the wine was very medium in body but complex in flavors paring with everything we ate, including the endive salad, crab puffs and of course the beef cheeks.
The flavor profile was complex, tantalizing and very intriguing. At first you are hit with toasted pecans followed by a weightiness that coats your tongue and teeth, (this may be attributed to the 19% alcohol but lets pretend I didn't see that on the label ;)) The toasted pecans were complimented by candied orange peels and caramel. The finish lasted for what seemed like hours! I will confess, I didn't even brush my teeth before going to bed because the flavors continued to change and develop long after I was cozy in my pj's, cuddling with toasted dreams of pecans pie drizzled with an orange glaze.