Last night, I took a bottle of the 2007 Stefania Haut Tubee especially for the appetizer course at Flemings Steakhouse. Although I didn't know the Blend (it is not shown on the bottle), I just assumed it was a Rhone-like wine and would match well with the (very spicy) Seared Ahi Tuna appetizer; and I did this knowing my wife doesn't care for Syrah!
A deep rich & thick black-reddish-purple wine poured into the glass, and with a seductive nose of fruit and flowers, I didn't know what to expect! Surprisingly, my glass contained a rich, lush, viscous wine full of dark fruits, minimum acidity, but plenty of backbone! What is this wine?? Well, I can tell you that $20 per bottle makes it my QPR of the year! But I still didn't have any idea of what varietals were in the wine until I read them this morning on the Stefania Website What a surprise! 91/92+
I'm still not sure if someone is playing some type of trick on me, as this was not a $20 bottle of wine. Was some other wine in that bottle, or did I get an enhanced richness from the last pour from the barrel?? Did the Cabernet and Merlot temper the Syrah? I think the 2007 "Haut Tubee" is a far more serious wine than the 2006 version, and I want more!