A while back, we opened (and quickly finished) a bottle of 1998 Bel Rosso from Raphael Vineyards here on Long Island. Nena made chicken cacciatore for dinner and we wanted a nice red to go with it (she also used some while cooking too).
We were not disappointed. In fact, I want to get back out to the north fork soon to buy a few bottles of this light, fruity red that is just complex enough to be interesting.
Primarily merlot with just a touch of cabernet franc, this would make a great house red for anyone throwing a party or a BBQ...which is why I'm going to buy a few bottles. They'll be perfect with the vittles that come off of my new grill and we can take them to other BBQs as well.
And...at $14.00, it's a steal.
(Note: This review appeared originally on Slingin' Ink)