There was a planning party yesterday for a pig roast on September 7. Three 2011 wines made an appearance. Wine number one was a Kinkead Ridge, Ohio River Valley, Cabernet Franc. Full flavored and fruity with American oak noticeable ($20). The second wine was Fisticuffs, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Less fruit flavors but more earthiness. Light on its feet ($32). The third wine was a Zincinnati Mendocino County Zinfandel made by McNabb Ridge Winery for Tramonte Distributors in Cincinnati. Great Zinfandel flavors with proper tannin and acidity ($21).
By way of experimenting the best wine turned out to be 1/3 Kinkead Ridge and 2/3 Fisticuffs.
The photo has nothing to do with the party, but it was taken earlier that morning along the Great Miami River that flows through western Ohio. A long walk at dawn with the dog was as refreshing as the three wines with dinner.