Ménage à Trois Midnight

Midnight

Menage a Trois Midnight

Ménage à Trois
Midnight
$10.99/bottle

Just when you thought Apothic Dark was your favorite (new) seasonal bold red wine, along comes Ménage à Trois Midnight.  It’s from the winemakers at Ménage à Trois Wines, makers of other fine blended wines, as well as some excellent single varietals.  You can read more about them at http://www.menageatroiswines.com/.  Their web site is excellent, so be sure to visit and learn more.

Michelle and I are lovers of the Ménage à Trois Red blend, and we’ve been known to keep in the refrigerator a bottle of the Ménage à Trois White.  When we found out about Ménage à Trois Midnight, we knew we had to try it.

Ménage à Trois Midnight is a special-release red blend wine, very similar to the Apothic Dark.  I don’t know if it’s seasonal as is the Apothic Dark, because their web site does not speak to that, but I suspect it is indeed a seasonal, limited release.

This is the description of Midnight taken directly from the web site:

“Our winemakers are definitely not afraid of the dark.  For this special wine, they wanted to create a truly uninhibited blend— something deeper, darker, and bolder than ever before. In true Ménage à Trois style, they decided that ‘more is more,’ and crafted a blend of not three—but four—grapes! Merlot adds a plush, velvety texture, Cabernet Sauvignon offers elegance and power, Petite Sirah lends inky intensity and Petit Verdot imparts a deep violet color and concentrated fruit. To round out the flavors the wine is aged on French and American oak. The result is a wine that leaves an indelible impression. It’s mysterious and dark, soft and sensual—just like Midnight.”

This wine did not disappoint.  The color is very dark, with a hint of purple, or as they say on the site, garnet.  Tasting the wine delivers notes of blackberry and plum, and you will also pick up a hint of mocha. The feel is very smooth and velvety.  Like the Apothic Dark, it has a strong finish that lingers for a while.  In other words, it’s awesome!

Given the bold nature of this red blend, it’s only natural that you would pair it with red meats and Italian foods.  Don’t be afraid to try it with Mexican dishes, as well.  It goes best, however, with a close companion and some good conversation.  We keep a bottle in the refrigerator and drink it slightly chilled – the wine, not the tasters –  on the deck, or by the fire, or… well, anywhere.  I know, I know.  I can hear some of you now.  “Why would you chill red wine?  Aren’t you supposed to drink it at room temp?”  Well, don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.  It’s excellent chilled, but that’s where Michelle and I are different.  She likes it COLD.  If it’s not cold enough for her, she puts crushed ice in it.  Crushed ice!  Hey, that’s how she likes it, and that’s okay by me.  I like it with just a slight chill.  And experts agree it’s good to chill your red wine and let it sit for few minutes at room temp before drinking it.  This can actually enhance the flavor, and it gives the wine time to aerate.  If, however, you prefer it at room temp, then knock yourself out.  It’s good, either way.

Michelle and I are debating which wine is better, Midnight or Dark.  She is leaning toward Midnight, and I’m inclined to agree with her, but I love them both.  I do think Midnight is a little – just a little, though – smoother.

Give Midnight a try and let us know what you think.  Personally, I think I’ll need to sample a few more bottles of each before I’m prepared to render a final verdict.  I guess I had better go get a case of Midnight!

 

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