As we mentioned in last week’s post, we made a last minute visit to DCanter and we were not disappointed. Although we didn’t purchase the wines we tasted this time, we stumbled on a great find: Small Hill Red by Leo Hillenger of Austria. We’ve had the Hillenger Secco and its on our list of wines we like so when we saw the Small Hill Red, we inquired. It’s 50% Merlot, 25% Pinot Noir and 25% St.Laurent.
One of the owners told us that the St. Luarent is a little known grape. She also said this would be a great sip wine so we didn’t need to necessarily serve it with food. Great! The wine cost $18 which was reasonable, too.
When we opened the bottle, you could immediately smell berry and chocolate. It’s a full body wine at 13% alcohol volume. With Merlot being the dominant grape you could taste that but in the background the Pinot Noir was present, too. Having never tried a St. Laurent, it was a little difficult to pick up on the taste since this was a blend.
Although we did sip this wine, we also had a second glass with dinner. We had this fettucini and the Small Hill Red was a great compliment. We definitely recommend it if you are in the mood for something different.