Sure to Win: Victor Lodi Cabernet Sauvignon

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On the docket:  Victor Vineyards 2013 Lodi Cabernet Sauvignon 750mL

Poured into:  stemless aeration glass

S:    Red-violet meniscus that rings around a deep, intense ruby red body.

A:  At the first inhale one gets sweet black cherry jam. There’s some pleasing alcohol present.  Subtle spice.

T:  The black cherry continues, but not as jam-like on the palate.  There is an initial sweetness which gives way to earthy flavors, cocoa, and black pepper.  Oak is balanced, adding a modicum of vanilla.

F:  Smooth, fine-grain tannins and a full-bodied feel.  Supple.  Long finish of cherries and a dried herbal note.

O:  An affordable, pleasant Lodi cab.  Excellent on its own or with a simply prepared cut of beef.

Suggested food pairing:  Osso bucco, venison, berry fruit tart, Havarti

 

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Bored? Oh, Try this Wine

Chateau_L'Eglise_Saget_2014_My_BlogOn the docket:  Chateau L’ Eglise Saget 2014 Bordeaux 750mL (60% Merlot / 40% Cabernet Sauvignon)

Poured into:  stemless aeration glass

S:    A pink meniscus above a garnet/currant body.  Deep color, inviting.

A:  Dried red cherry, a touch of mineral-earth and vanilla.

T:  Much of the aroma carries over into the palate with an addition of a delicate tartness reminiscent of cranberries.  Darker note of plum.

F:  While the merlot provides the fruit, there no bones about it- the cabernet brings the structure.  Smooth, refined tannins carry over into a medium-long finish.  The body has some weight on the palate, but it’s not overbearing.  Medium.

O:  Simple, elegant, smooth and luxurious.  This is a fine example of how just two varietals blended in the right ratio can please any wine enthusiast.

Suggested food pairing:  Mushroom Swiss burger, white cheddar, chicken liver (for the brave)

Food and Wine Pairing: Burgers?!

I’m sure that many of you out there enjoy a burger with quality beef, but yet, wish you could pair it with your favorite red wine.  Well, now you can.  Check out this straightforward and informative post over on Madeline Puckette’s Winefolly Blog.

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Best Kept Secret: Secret Cellars Paso Robles Cabernet 2013

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On the docket: 2013 Secret Cellars Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon

Poured into: Wine & Whiskey Country snifter

S:  A deep, inky body with a red-pink meniscus.  No legs.

A:  Dark red fruit and hints of cassis.  A touch of alcohol and subtle oak and vanilla.

T:  Initial sweetness and a burst of dark cherry and currant.  A hint of vanilla.  Fruit-forward.

F:  Supple, soft.  Refined, ample tannins that provide structure and a bit of grit, nothing scathing.

O:  Paso Robles cabs deliver excellent fruit and tannin.  This wine is no exception.  Let it sit for a bit and really get a sense of the luxury inside this bottle.

Suggested food pairing:  Black and blue filet with caramelized onions and mushrooms with a bleu-cheese butter sauce.  Want to go off the beaten path?  New York-style cheese cake.