Not going to lie, I picked this one up based solely on the bottle. I couldn’t pass up something called Celeste that has a star map containing some of the most recognizable constellations on the label. Ursa Major, Draco, Ursa Minor, Cepheus and Cassiopeia easily talked me into this purchase. I must say that I have seriously missed going into the local wine shops to discover something new. Wine clubs are fun…but it takes away from the whole discovery experience.
This particular red poured a beautiful dark color. Aromas are of leather and blackberries. That didn’t immediately strike me as appealing and I wasn’t exactly hopeful from that point. But I was pleasantly surprised when the subtle flavors of blackberries greeted my and then finished with a peppery, herbal tone. The mouthfeel was lighter than I expected and the flavors in general were not overpowering in any way. I’d say this is a pretty easy to drink wine. I may have a second glass this evening while I watch the rest of Definitely, Maybe.
This would pair well with some dried figs and dry salami and probably some other stuff….but I’m tired and don’t feel like over-thinking food pairings.
On a scale of “this tastes like piss” to “oops, I just drank the whole bottle” I would give this a “Not a bad way to unwind on a Sunday evening after a few pretty intense days.” Would I buy it again? I wouldn’t be opposed to picking this up again.
Final Grade: B Easy like Sunday evening.