If you’re lucky enough to find it, this Russian River Valley pinot should please even the most discerning palate.
Leather, clove and vanilla accentuate the bright red berry fruit. A velvety mouth feel leaves you craving another sip.
As I understand it this wine is limited in production so you may have troubles Finding it. The winemaker Bobby Donnell is a Texas native and has hooked up his kin back home sip it may be tough to come by around here.
I know Bobby used to run a Texas style BBC, so it’s no surprise this wine pairs perfectly with the baby back ribs I did up tonight.
Tags: pinot noir
A picture should be worth a thousand words…
Tonight I had visions of a great bottle of red wine with dinner, and it took (unfortunately) three bottles to reach that goal.
I picked up a couple of fantastic New York steaks at the market with some fresh green beans, I had the purple and red potatoes, with some fresh shallot at home already. I knew a great meat and potatoes dinner was in my future so diligently scoured the wine cellar for a worthy Cabernet to pair with my dinner.
First up: 2006 TR Pasalaqua Block 18 & 19 Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek AVA, this beautiful wine we (the wife and I) found a few years back on a great wine tasting trip to Dry Creek, unfortunately this bottle (pictured in the way back) was corked, damn my eyes! I’ve been saving that bottle for some time!
Second: A gift from some friends, a Napa Valley Cab, 2007 Soquel, this and a bottle of nail polish remover would be likely misconstrued for each other…
And finally: And most importantly, refreshingly, an amazing recent production 2008 Darioush, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a big wine, definitely one of the Napa Cabs you read about in the rags, it’s big, bold, fruity and forward. It unabashedly pronounces itself to your palate and kicks your molars around. Huge mid-palate tannins assert control of your mouth and remind you of what a big bold Napa Cab is all about!
Anyhow, I seriously took pause at opening a 3rd bottle of wine tonight, but I’m very glad I made the final move that I did. This is a fantastic wine that can easily stand on its own, but has the stuff to pair up with a great steak, potatoes and green bean dinner.
That is all for now,
By the by, I really tried hard to give the Soquel a chance, the aldehyde was potent and I thought the magical powers of the Soiree might be able to blow out the funk, but alas, it can only work so much magic. It’s done a fine job with the big Napa Cab though!
We had the good fortune to finally get down to the California Central Coast wine grape growing region this year and spent an awesome day in Los Olivos, tasting through some of the area’s best. While we were visiting all of the local spots, we asked around with some of the locals as to where were the “must visit” tasting rooms. Note: Los Olivos is a quaint little town with what is basically a cross-roads, down each leg of these roads is a multitude of winery tasting rooms (it’s insane how many there are in such a small town). Anyhow, Byron came up in many of our conversations so we stopped in. The tasting room staff were great and we took home a few of their offerings. This one is a great example of the Central Coast Pinot Noirs produced in the area.
Tonight’s dinner consisted of some grilled pork loin with a Pinot Noir & Cherry reduction/glaze. Obviously the wine complimented the dish famously. A supple Pinot with a great ripe red berry fruit character, would have been great on its own but married to pork and blended with cherries made it all the better.
I would suggest that you stop by the Byron Tasting room next time you’re in town, in the meanwhile, here’s a link to their website: http://www.byronwines.com/
Sideways be damned!
Forget the vitriol spewed by Paul Giamatti’s character in that Central Coast wine adventure of two sorry wine sucking saps.
A wonderful Bordeaux wine is hard to beat and this particular example of such, is a phenomenal example. If some rich, supple, fruity goodness is what you desire in your red, then look no further than this juicy Merlot!
One of the best views of the Dry Creek Valley / Russian River AVA locations. This tasting room is nearly/or actually on the border line of these two great Sonoma AVAs.
A wonderful staff will serve you some great wines from the Silver Oak Cellars‘ owned Twomey.
Apologies to the supplier of the sample for the late review, but hey… Sometimes you just got to lay down some wine!
That being said, this is a fine wine at a great price. Unfortunately it seems the ’09 vintage may be unavailable, but it was a good’n. A great fruit forward Cab, with balanced tannins and length. All-in-all, I’m going to give this one a solid thumbs up, let’s try the ’10 and see if they have a winning record.
On the up-and-up, this was provided as a sample (at some point in the past), regardless… it’s good.