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
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
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