Sips of the Week
Winery Notes: This medium plum colored Cabernet Sauvignon is from one of the most highly regarded places in the world for producing the varietal; Napa. The aromas are text book Cabernet Sauvignon from the fruit profile being dark cherry with ripe cassis notes, but this one also has some of that right bank Bordeaux pencil lead aromatically — a quality only from an ideal climate and well drained soils from that varietal. The palate is ripe with juicy ripe raspberry and spice with tobacco and black cherry that then fold into a supple crescendo of berry fruit and silk French oak tannins.
This wine would pair well with herb roasted chicken as well as a grilled steak with roasted potatoes and steamed asparagus with a béarnaise sauce. Aged exclusively in French oak for 16 months; this wine is simply delicious now, but will drink well through 2021.
Winery Notes: The 2009 vintage will be remembered as one of the best in the past decade. This Cabernet Sauvignon displays elegant aromas of cherry and red raspberry along with sage and dried flowers. On the palate, the wine is extremely well balanced with silky tannins that carefully weave together the earthy, dusty nuances of this Bordeaux-esque wine. With some airing, the wine flushes out providing even more dimension and depth. The finish lingers with fine tannins that are very elegant and structured.
All the Sips of the Week are available at Wells Discount Liquors check them out at www.WellsWine.com.
Ray Koontz, Chairman of the North Baltimore County Wine Festival held at Saint John’s The Evangelist Church in Hydes, MD on 9/21 from 6-9PM.
Pamela Barefoot is the founder and president of Bay Beyond Inc., trading internationally as Blue Crab Bay Co®. After having moved to the rural Eastern Shore of Virginia intent on surviving on her creativity, Pam began the specialty food brand on her farmhouse kitchen table in 1985.
Blue Crab Bay food and stoneware products are sold in gourmet shops, department and gift stores, and through the company’s consumer website and gift shop. Best sellers include the award-winning Sting Ray® Spicy Bloody Mary Mixer, Sea Salt Nuts®, Crab Dip Kit, and She-Crab Soup.
9/13 Join Laurie for wine, chocolate and comedy at The Hotel Hershey Wine and Food Festival at 7 PM.
10/5 Greenwich Wine and Food Festival with the Stand-Up Sommelier at 2:30 PM.
10/19 The two day Maryland Autumn Wine Festival.
We’ll be back next week to talk to Chef Mike Isabella about his new Greek restaurant Kapnos in DC.