2015 Sotto Voce Sparkling Merlot
The name itself, Sotto Voce, translated from Italian literally means “under the voice” or “whisper”. The name Sotto Voce was inspired by the “proper” way to open a bottle of champagne or sparkling wine. According to traditionalists, and winemaker Chris Cameron, that subtle ‘fssssszzz’ sound when opening a bottle should be no louder than a whisper, or to be a little more pithy, never louder than a fair maiden’s sigh.
The passion Chris carries for Merlot is definitely not a secret (don't get him started). Add sparkling wine to the mix and you have a sure winner! The inaugural vintage of the Sotto Voce Sparkling Merlot allows one to taste the pure essence of Merlot without the oak influence found in most still wines. The most unconventional element of this wine is its deep crimson hue. The tradition of making sparkling red wines has been alive in Chris’s native land, Australia, for many years. He felt it was time to acquaint the Paso wine world with this technique.
Once the cork is popped, ever so quietly of course, a myriad of dark rich fruit aromas burst from the glass. We normally recommend a few seconds of bouquet appreciation before the first sip, but for this wine, we just can’t wait. Texture and bubbles galore, with ever-lingering cherry, licorice, and red currant leave this wine a little hard to comprehend, but we know you can handle it.
As far as food pairings go, we will allow ourselves to be as specific and straightforward as possible: this is a wine that needs to be on your table for thanksgiving dinner...no further explanation needed. We also very much encourage year-round consumption. To start, enjoy with heartier salads, such as roasted beets with caramelized walnuts and Gorgonzola. This is also an unassumingly amazing barbecue wine, think smoked brisket or chicken with a savory sauce. There is also the winemaker recommendation for those feeling a little more adventurous: Kangaroo steak, for those seeking a true Aussie experience.