Tuesday, May 3, 2016

2013 Seven Hills Klipsun Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Happy Tuesday, or election day here in Indiana.  I did my civic duty and voted early this morning, though I have no idea who finally came out on top, though I suppose it really matters little in the grand scheme of things.  More importantly, I cut the grass when I got home from work (have I mentioned that dandelions are the bane of my existence?) and now it's time for a nice glass of wine with dinner.  Tonight it's a special treat as I've opened a bottle of 2013 Seven Hills Klipsun Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from the Red Mountain AVA.  This one's a bit young, but I doubt I'll be disappointed!

The wine is an inky black color in the glass, with bright ruby along the edges.  The nose presents aromas of earthy peat, toasted oak and a bit of smoke.  The taste is a lovely blast of ripe black fruit up front, with some blackberry and plum that transitions nicely to some dusty earthy notes midpalate along with some hints of caramel and cassis.  The finish is divine, as the young tannins provide a vibrant foundation to the long, luxurious and very dry finish.  This wine is still young but marvelous, and I'm sure it will develop exceedingly well in the coming decade.

Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 9, as it's just a fabulous example of the varietal that's sure to improve with a little time in the cellar.  Tonight I am enjoying this with a classic Cabernet dinner of a rare grilled Angus New York Strip with grilled asparagus and oven roasted potatoes and shallots.  This is the sort of wine that could stand up to the biggest of steaks, cheers!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

2011 DaMa Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Happy Saturday!  It's pretty much been raining here all day long, and it's not a pleasant spring rain, but a cold rain with temperatures barely reaching the 40s today.  So I spent much of the day running errands, like going to the dry cleaners, stopping at the hardware store and getting groceries.  So now I'll open a nice bottle of wine and prepare to enjoy my evening, perhaps with a nice fire in the fireplace!  Tonight's wine is the 2011 DaMa Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, which I think was a club shipment perhaps over a year ago (I reviewed the 2012 vintage here), and is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (80%), Cabernet Franc (10%) and Merlot (10%).

The wine looks like a classic Cabernet, with a black inky center and bright ruby along the edges.  The nose presents aromas of blackberry, currant and leather with a bit of smoke over the top.  The taste is lovely, with some ripe fruit and floral notes of blackberry and lilac up front that transitions nicely to some earthy notes of dusty limestone midpalate.  The tannins are rather subdued, but structured for the long, smooth dry finish.

Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 8.5, it's a really nice Columbia Valley Cabernet that is just coming into its own.  This would be a classic big steak wine, and that's the ticket tonight as I'm enjoying this one with a big, thick Angus New York Strip grilled rare with some grilled asparagus and gemelli with creamy pesto.  The fruit of this wine really complements the hearty flavors of a nice charred steak.  Cheers!

Friday, April 29, 2016

2011 Helix Sangiovese

Happy Friday!  I just got back from the gym and now I'm ready for wine!  Tonight I've decided to open a bottle from a recent wine club shipment from Reininger, the 2011 Helix Sangiovese, a pure blend of Sangiovese from the Stillwater Creek Vineyard in the Columbia Valley (quite a ways to the north and west of Walla Walla).  So let's see how this wine stacks up!

The wine has a classic reddish-purple coloration of a nice Sangiovese.  The nose presents aromas of sour cherry, pomegranate, tobacco and a bit of smoke.  The taste is vibrant, with a good bit of cherry cola and pepper up front that transitions into some tart cherry and earthy notes midpalate.  The tannins are exceptionally well integrated into the smooth, voluptuous dry finish.  This is not your standard Sangiovese, as it just appears to be a bit more influenced by the terroir of the vineyard.

Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 8, as I think it's a terrific effort on the varietal and represents the heritage well.  I think this wine would be ideal with a broad variety of Italian dishes, but tonight I am enjoying it with some porcini mushroom and truffle triang0li from Trader Joe's, served with some creamy pesto (could anything be better with Sangiovese than basil?  Cheers!