Friday, November 18, 2011

Wine Review: Lander Jenkins Vineyards, 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, spirit hawk

The Ah Ha moment.....

As I sampled this wine, my first thought was, " This would be a great Cabernet Sauvignon to serve as an introductory Cabernet Sauvignon, for those who say they don't like big red wines, or Cabernet Sauvignon."

Wine Review

This wine is a deep garnet color. The nose is filled with ripe dark fruit flavors, like blackberries, dark cherries, dark plums and a hint of spice. The palate has those same ripe dark fruit flavors, with a smooth texture and supple tannins. This Cabernet Sauvignon was a pleasure to sample, due to it being easy to drink alone, or to pair with cheese, especially an aged cheddar or Cahill Porter cheese. I would also pair it with a panini that is filled with pastrami, roasted red peppers, black olives and provolone or Fontina cheese, and burgers or steaks off the grill. This wine would also pair well with appetizers prepared with puff pastry, filled with a beef or sausage mixture. I consider this wine a crowd pleaser, due to its versatility as a drink alone wine or a wine that pairs well with food, and it's price point is great for entertaining.  I consider this wine a "bang for the buck" wine, especially if you take advantage of the club saving price noted online.  Note: This wine was a sample provided by Rutherford Ranch Wine Company. SRP $15.00

Hint: Try using mini muffin tins to make wonderful small bites, and fill the puff pastry with a meat and cheese mixture and bake until they are lightly browned; these can be baked open faced or cut the puff pastry in larger squares to bring the corners to pinched points, for a fancy presentation.

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