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Sea Smoke - Pinot Noir Southing
The 2006 Sea Smoke Southing was highly anticipated and shared with family before a nice home-cooked meal. The wine was crystal clear with a beautiful plum red color in the glass. The nose contained notes of oak, smoke (of course)and cherry, along with a hint of cranberry. When teased in the glass, the legs were thin and fast moving. The palate was soft, round and juicy with balanced tannins. I would characterize the Sea Smoke as rustic with a hint of elegance. Delightful and delicious.
Ridge - (Cabernet Sauvignon) Monte Bello
The 2008 Ridge Monte Bello did not disappoint. It was served with a roasted, then grill-finished, whole beef tenderloin. The color was dark - almost inky purple. The nose had fragrances of blackberry and cherry, sweet cigar and an earthy wetness. The palate was delicious - the fruit was mature, yet juicy; the body was soft, round and luscious. The tannins were firm and balanced. A nice complement to the beef. An enjoyable experience shared with close family.
Altamura - Cabernet Sauvignon
The 2007 Altamura presented a deep crimson color in the crystal glass. The nose was elegant and complex with tones of dark fruit, spice, oak and a hint of leather. A gentle swirl produced legs that hung ever so gently to the sides of the glass for minutes. The palate was soft, almost velvet-like. The rich, round and balanced flavors filled the mouth. The fruit had a light sweetness that complimented the tannins. Absolutely delicious after dinner. Drank like a $100 bottle of Cabernet.
Cakebread - (Cabernet Sauvignon) Dancing Bear Ranch
The 2006 Cakebread Dancing Bear Ranch Cabernet was opened on New Year's Eve to celebrate the coming year and a new engagement. We were not disappointed. The nose was complex with tones of ripe dark fruit, an earthy spice, and chocolate. The palate was round and elegant with rich flavors of blackberry, wild cherry, and fig. The wine was balanced and sophisticated with firm acidity and silky tannins. The finish lingered ever so softly. We first tried the Dancing Bear Ranch at Cakebread Cellars and fell in love with the wine and its story. A truly wonderful complement to a festive occasion and delicious dinner.
Orin Swift - Saldo
Another wonderful creation by Orin Swift. The Saldo zinfandel was well built, stylish, and delicious. The nose was big with aromas of spicy blackberry. The palate was round and juicy with flavors of black cherry and licorice framed by subtle toasted oak. Overall, the wine was rich, ripe, and full-bodied with soft tannins and a memorable midpalate. The finish was soft, lush, and lingered. An absolute joy.