The Wine Lab at The Infinite Monkey Theorem (IMT) urban winery makes for either a great destination or a stop on the way to one of the nearby RiNo eateries. Located on the first floor of the winery, The Wine Lab offers a large, open space with ample room for groups of all sizes to gather and taste excellent wines made on the spot.
On a recent subzero night, a painting class was underway in the shadow of a screen showing an old Western in black and white. Wine drinkers were gathered on bar stools, couches, and leather chairs. A couple of light tables offered a new way to appreciate wine.
There is a lot to taste! Several reds, whites, and canned wines were available, as was a selection of wines on tap. Patrons could serve themselves from a canned wine vending machine (you may never see another one like it), or belly up to the bar for wine by the glass, bottle, or growler. Non-wine drinkers could indulge in an ale or non-alcoholic drink.
A flight of IMT wine includes a taste of four different wines – in all, a little more than one full glass. The flight pictured above includes Riesling, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot.
The IMT Riesling had a nose rich with vanilla and dried California apricots, which more than delivered in the burst of fruit on the palate. It was a silky mix of apricots, lime, and Granny Smith apples, and would pair well with a flatbread topped with fig, pear, and caramelized onion.
The IMT Cabernet Franc smelled like a farmers’ market, with fresh peppers, beets, blueberry, Red Delicious apple, and earth. It was easy drinking, with hints of raspberry. Its acid and tannins would stand up well to a supreme pizza, especially the green peppers and meats.
The IMT Malbec had a deep violet color and smelled of spice and fresh cranberries, with cinnamon and cloves. It offered a mouthful of flavor with caramel, black cherry, and big tannins. It would hold its own with duck, beef and barley soup, or a rich pasta dish made with a lot of butter and cream.
The IMT Petit Verdot was on tap. It had a wonderfully inviting nose laden with berries and Bing cherries, which came through on the palate. A big wine needs a big food! Visions of grilled ribeye with blue cheese sauce, meaty chili, or savory pork with a berry chutney.
Stop by the IMT Wine Lab and choose your flight of wine. The Wine Lab pairs well with book clubs, birthday parties, or a night out with friends.
Until our next adventure in wine and food…
The Wine Lab
The Infinite Monkey Theorem Urban Winery
3200 Larimer Street