Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Hand of God Wines 2010 Fingerprint Series Red

While we don't go overboard in celebrating Valentine's Day, we did use the occasion to open a special bottle: the 2010 Hand of God Fingerprint Series Red. After corresponding with Jon leading up to the Wine Bloggers Conference 2013, we somehow never ran into each other there, but connected again shortly afterwards. Here's the video interview we did as a Google+ Hangout:

The Fingerprint Series Red comes from the Sobresama Vineyard, in Mendoza, Argentina. While it is Argentina, so the majority is Malbec (55% ), there is also Syrah (35%), and 10% Petit Verdot. Dark as sin, the edges glow ruby red. The nose is guarded, but there are earthy dark fruit notes that open up slowly. Medium-bodied, it showcases plum, blackberry, black pepper, and vanilla flavors, but there are plenty of underlying others to add complexity. This doesn't taste or feel like a wine that is 14.5% ABV, due to the nice balance. A smoke and cedar finish with a slight puckery mouthfeel show there are tannins left for aging. 

We had this wine with grilled steaks (salt, black pepper, and coffee rub), asparagus, and potatoes au gratin. While easy to drink on its own, the wine shines paired with food. Asparagus, one of our favorite veggies but notoriously difficult to pair with wine, fazed the wine not at all. 

Hand of God Wines 2010 Fingerprint Series Red

The grapes come from a vineyard situated 3,600 feet above sea level. After fermentation, they are aged 20 months in 50% new French oak and 50% 2nd year seasoned oak. Ready to drink now but probably better cellared for at least a few more years. Only 1093 cases (750ml) and 300 magnums (1.5l) were produced. Cork closure, with an amazingly heavy bottle. $45 SRP.

This wine was provided at a discount for review purposes.

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