May’s Featured Wines – First Flight

Hi all.  Springtime is spreading across the land… Well, except here in Florida where it’s eternally summer.  Regardless, Spring feels like a time for renewal and as we have renewed our Monthly Featured Wine postings, here are two wines to enjoy this month.

14 Hands Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

14 Hands Cabernet, Washington State

What They Say:  Concentrated aromas of dark stone fruits and toast burst from the glass. Classic Cabernet Sauvignon flavors of black cherries with subtle hints of baking spice dance across the palate, bolstered by fine, round tannins. is medium bodied wine is soft in mouth feel, yet long on fruit character and finish.

What We Say:  Last week I was house & dog sitting for friends who left me a few bottles of wine to enjoy while I hung with the pooches.  They had recommended I try the 14 Hands Cabernet, which I did with a friend before we went out for dinner.  I knew literally nothing about this wine when I opened the bottle other than I trusted my friends when they said I’d enjoy it.  And I did.  A lot.  It’s an easy drinking wine that’s chock full of juicy fruit.  When I looked it up and saw that it was such a great value, I was shocked.  Pleasantly, of course.  My friend that shared the bottle with me called me the next day to remember the name so she could go and immediately buy a bottle herself.  It’s always great to find a fun wine that won’t break the bank.

Blend Information:  Cabernet Sauvignon with a touch of Cabernet Franc

Price Point: $9.97 at Total Wine


Conundrum by Caymus

Conundrum, California

What They Say:  The wine enters round with a Chardonnay weight then quickly lightens up as the Sauvignon Blanc adds a fresh element. The Viognier adds a spicy character with Muscat Canelli and Semillon adding to the layers of flavors. Explore this puzzling wine as rich aromas of honeysuckle escape from the glass, followed by hints of peach, vanilla and citrus notes. On the palate, lush tropical flavors of melon, pineapple and pear are matched with crisp lemon zest and hints of grapefruit. The complexity of this wine is brought into balance by a rich, round mouthfeel supported by fresh acidity, creating a stunning, satisfying finish.

What We Say:  I love this wine.  Some say it’s too sweet, but I happen to think it’s just the right amount of sweet.  The addition of the crisp Sauvignon Blanc grape gives it a citrus bite that cuts the overt sweetness.  I say grab a bottle, head outdoors with some hard cheeses, maybe a nice camembert, apple slices and grapes and enjoy a leisurely afternoon.  Oh, and feel free to invite me over.

Blend Information:  A proprietary blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat Canelli, Viognier and Semillon

Food Suggestions:  I think this is a great wine for a cheese & fruit plate.  It’s also a good choice for salads, chicken, seafood and desserts.

Price Point: $17.97 at Total Wine



4 responses to “May’s Featured Wines – First Flight

  1. The Conundrum is getting ridiculously popular!! It’s been flying off the shelves everywhere–I have clients asking for it all the time. It does go great with one of my favorite combos of sharp cheese & tart apple, but I’ve been a little perplexed as far as dinner pairing lol 🙂

    • I know! I used to be so excited to see it on the rare restaurant menu and now it’s in Costco! I agree with the cheese & apple. Perfect pairing. I was confused about main dishes too and checked to see what they recommended. I chose the ones that seemed to make sense. I can see it with a nice summer salad with strawberries and goat cheese or a shrimp pasta (olive oil not red sauce, obvs). Thanks for checking out our blog. Look forward to checking yours out as well.

  2. I’m still partial to the 14 hands Merlot, hands down. In fact, some sounds good right now!

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