Dominio Dostares Leione, 2005
Last night we dined at Bourbon Steak, located at the Fairmont resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. Bourbon Steak is one of the highly acclaimed restaurants owned by the outstanding chef, Michael Mina. As I thumbed through their impressive wine book, I was trying to select a wine that would go well with our dinner and one that would not break the bank. I selected the Dominio Dostares Leione ($42), which is from the Castilla y Leon region of Spain. This wine is made from 100% Prieto Picudo grapes from vines more than 90 years old. This is a relatively obscure grape that is used to produce both red and rose wines in this region of Spain. On the nose is massive dark fruit and berries with a hint of vanilla and spice. The color is a deep garnet red with nice clarity and vivid legs. This is a fruit forward wine with black plum, cherry and currant. There are moderate toasty oak flavors along with cocoa and exotic Indian spice. This wine is modern in style, medium bodied, with abundant smooth tannins and a zesty acidity. It was and enjoyable wine to accompany rich food like Grilled Kobe Flat Iron Steak, Braised Shortribs with Garam Masala and a tasty order of crispy “duck-fat” French Fries!