Saturday, August 22, 2009
Three Terrific Wines - Dumas, Kathryn Kennedy and Ehret Family Vineyards
Dumas - Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – 2006
This is a sophisticated wine that impresses from the first sip including the dense purple color, the scents of lavender and crème de cassis, the super silky smooth texture. Enchanting flavors include a symphony of ripe plums, blackberries, and deep dark chocolate and mocha in the mid-palate. The finish includes a hint of savory spices including truffle, cherries and toasty oak flavors. Only 56 cases produced. ($70 per bottle)
The bottle is has a brilliant red wax over the top of the bottle. Why wax? In addition to the aesthetic appeal, wax is generally regarded as the most effective method to preserve a wine bottle closure for long term aging.
Kathryn Kennedy – Lateral - 2005
What an amazing wine for only $36.00 – a terrific value! The complexity and mouth feel gives it the ability to pair with just about any dish. Medium full bodied blend of 54% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot and 6% Malbec. Lateral is inspired by the famous wines of the St. Emilion district of Bordeaux. The blending of the Merlot and Cabernet Franc is the cornerstone of this model. Lateral utilizes multiple vineyards and from more than one region. Marty Mathis and Chris Condos are the winemakers and have made over ten vintages.
Ehret Family Winery – Cabernet Sauvignon - 2006
This is such a lovely wine that is under discovered and a value at $40 a bottle. During fermentation skin contact lasted for about 21 days. The wine was aged in 100% French oak barrels (70% new oak) with medium toast for 20 months.
The taste of this wine has benefited greatly from the origin of, and agricultural practices used in the vineyard. It is currently dark in color displaying a fruit with rich, distinctive flavors and intense aromas. The mouth feel is soft, with tannins that are not overpowering, and silky with a long-lasting finish. This wine will age beautifully and will continue to thrive in the bottle for the next 10 years.