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March’s Featured Wine

Rachel:  March, the month that comes in like a lion and leaves like a lamb.  It’s a lot like me before and after a few glasses of wine.  Just a helpful hint for those considering inviting me to a dinner party.  But I’m excited about this great wine I’m going to share with you this month.  If wine can be a rock star, this is one whose star is on the rise.

Cult – Cabernet Sauvignon, Nonvintage 

Cult

Cult

What They Say:  Forward. Outgoing. Classic. Ripe. Bowl of cherries. Full bodied. Loooong finish. Dark. Playful. Full of character. Black currants. Raspberry. Structured. Red fruits. Balanced. Multilayered. Spice. Berries. Sleek. Life of the party. Relaxed. Decadent. Chewy. Sophisticated. Box of chocolates. Firm. Happy. Confident. Loved. Handcrafted. Ready to drink.

What We Say:  Can I say it any better than they do?  Probably not.  This is a wine I bought for a friend.  Honestly, I had never had it myself, but loved the bottle (Yes, it’s a factor when giving a gift) and it was rated 90 points by Wine Spectator.  Seemed a worthy gamble.  It was.  This past week I was invited to their home for dinner and they had liked the wine so much that they purchased another bottle, which we drank with dinner.  We decanted half the bottle and let it breathe while attacking the rest of the bottle immediately.  I think this wine definitely benefits from some time in the air.  The notes of spice and red fruits went well with the peppery arugula salad.  I’m a fan.  It will take another bottle to decide if it’s really going to acquire “cult” status in my world, but I look forward to drinking it again.

Blend Information:  80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 2% Petit Sirah

Region:  Napa Valley

Price Point: $25.00 at winery website, $26.99 at Total Wine

Website:   www.thecultwine.com

 

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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

Website:   http://www.14hands.com

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

Website: http://www.conundrumwine.com/

January’s Featured Wines – Layer Cake Primitivo

Let Us Eat Cake!!

On our last night together, we celebrate with a roaring fire, molten chocolate cakes and Layer Cake's Primitivo (aka: Zinfandel).

What They Say:  A balance of elegance and power; inky black fruit, spice and white pepper, jammy black cherries, plums, blackberry fruit, truffles, tar, and espresso.  Warm and rich in the mouth with a creamy texture; the ripe fruit is well supported by the deep structure of the wine.  Sit back and travel through time… Relax on a hot summer evening, the fountain in the background, church-bells in the distance.

What We Say:  A lighter yet significant tasting Zinfandel.  This is an easy sipping wine that pairs well with heavier fare and a personal favorite… chocolate.  This was the first of the Layer Cake family I had ever sampled and I was wonderfully surprised as I’m not the biggest fan of the heartier Zins.

Food Suggestions:  Warm and rich in the mouth with a creamy texture, the ripe fruit is supported by the deep structure, making it a scrumptious pairing with rich, roasted meats.  That being said, since we ARE celebrating our last night together and we ARE Two Winey Bitches, we had this lovely wine with a molten chocolate cake and honestly a greater pairing we can’t imagine!   We recommend taking a small bite of cake, and while the taste is still lingering on the palette, take a sip of the Primitivo.  All traces of the pepper give way to the fruit tones (and a hint of the espresso) that pair so well with the chocolate.   This combo is a no-brainer for sure!!

Blend Information:  100% Pure Old Vine Primitivo Salento, the “Heel of the Boot” of Italy; specifically the area of Manduria.

Price Point:  $16.29 wine.com

Click here for Layer Cake website.

December’s Featured Wines – Hanukkah Round 2 With Layer Cake Pinot Noir

Hanukkah Round 2!! 

The Winey Bitches score the latest offering from Layer cake, their 2010 Pinot Noir - A Holiday treat indeed!!

Melissa:  So, my 6-year-old comes home from school and asks what Hanukkah is.  Hmmm… Being raised Catholic I stammered, “Well, there was some oil and it burned for 8 nights…” Yeah, that’s soooo not going to cut it with my kid.  However, like the quick thinking woman I am, I enlisted the other Winey Bitch for a full-on Hanukkah experience for my boy.  To commemorate his first Hanukkah dinner we thought it best to enjoy the first Pinot Noir (2010) offering from the Layer Cake portfolio.  This really is a latest offering… When I asked my wine guy George (White Deer Package Store) about it, he hadn’t gotten any yet. So keep trying at your local wine shop.  Surely, our securing of a bottle is a Hanukkah miracle no??

What They Say:  The goal for our Layer Cake wines is to maintain distinct varietal correctness and expression of terroir with whatever wine we make. The Layer Cake Pinot Noir follows the same path, but Pinot Noir is a much more finicky grape. It can be very rewarding, and incredibly challenging, to make a wine that has good extraction, ripe rich flavors, complex yet delicate aromatics and fine balance on the palate.  This Pinot Noir is highly aromatic and a rich and classic California Pinot Noir. It is loaded with bright red fruits, hints of spice and layers of dark berries, ripe plums and big juicy black cherries wrapped in a glycerol creamy mouthfeel. A touch of smoky earth lingers in the background with the faintest wisp of delicate tobacco.

What We Say:  We found this to be a light Pinot Noir which given the heavy meal we were having (brisket, latkes and roasted brussels) wasn’t the best pairing, but this is a wine that is wonderful to sip on it’s own.

Food Suggestions:  We would pair this with a lighter fare with a heavier preparation like roasted chicken.  We also think it could pair nicely with more buttery cheeses… but we’ll need to confirm that at another point in time as we’ve horked down all our triple cream yesterday.

Blend Information:  100% Pinot Noir

Price Point:  $12.99 http://www.shopwinedirect.com

Click here for the Layer Cake website