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Dunham XIV Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Dunham XIV Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Dunham XIV Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

 

The Dunham XIV Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 hails from Washington State, U.S.A. This is yet another excellent example of the beautiful wines being produced in America. Washington State is a hidden gem and the Columbia Valley should not be overlooked when choosing wines to drink now or wines to cellar for later. The 2008 Dunham Cabernet is a medium-full bodied red wine with a 14.1% alcohol level, the sweetness descriptor is extra dry, 1,528 cases of this beautiful red wine have been produced. The 2008 Dunham Cabernet drinks extremely well now and should do so for the next 2-3 years. The Dunham has a deep ruby colour and has scents of oak, cherries and blackberries, the flavours of plum and chocolate are pronounced and bring this wine together gracefully, it is truly pleasurable to sip. This wine pairs well with grilled and roasted meats, we opened ours with a roasted beef tenderloin and it stole the show! Wine Spectator scores this wine a 93. Alla Salute!

Summary:

Dunham XIV Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Sweetness: XD – Extra Dry

Style: Medium – Full Bodied

Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon

Size: 750ml bottle

Alcohol: 14.1%

Price: $47-$67

Score: 93 Wine Spectator

 

The Prisoner 2012

The Prisoner CorkThe Prisoner 2012

 

Napa Valley, U.S.A. brings us yet another treasure with The Prisoner 2012. The Prisoner is a Zinfandel blend comprised of the following grape varieties: 66% Zinfandel, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Petite Syrah, 12% Syrah and 2% Charbono. This wine is medium to full bodied, I would say more full bodied, has a dark ruby purple colour and exudes the flavours of pepper, bay leaves, black currents and unsmoked cigar tobacco. This wine drinks well now but can be cellared for the next 3-4 years to allow its flavours to become more intense.  The prisoner will pair exceptionally well with grilled hamburgers, a barbequed steak, lamb or veal chop and works best with hard and firm cheeses like an Asiago or Grana Padano. The Prisoner comes in with an alcohol level of 15.2% and has a score of 90 from erobertparker.com. Enjoy with family and friends over the holiday season! Alla Salute!

Summary:

The Prisoner 2012

Sweetness: D – Dry

Style: Medium – Full Bodied

Grape Variety: Zinfandel Blend

Size: 750ml bottle

Alcohol: 15.2%

Price: $40-$60

Score: 90 (erobertparker.com)

Weekend Wine Additions!

Labelling

As the order arrived it became clear that it would take some time to properly label and store the new additions. This does not have to be a cumbersome experience, in fact, it can, and should be, one of the most enjoyable parts of the process, besides consumption of course! My suggestion is to always start with the drinking window of the wine. From there you can strategize on how to store, you can store by country of origin, type of wine, or even cost. The reason for storing by cost is typically that your lower costs wines will be consumed earlier in their life cycle so they would most likely be stored in a more accessible location in your wine cabinet, whereas, more expensive wines may require additional time to age in order for them to develop and can be stored in a deeper, less accessible location. A trick that can be used here is colour coding, whichever way you have decided to store your wine can have a colour. For example, France = Blue, Italy = Green, U.S.A = Red, Spain = yellow, this can also be done based on pricing/value levels or drinking window, this makes it less stressful when looking at your collection and knowing that your investment will be treated properly. You can use coloured stickers from your local craft store or professional bottle tags, wineenhtusiast.com sells them for $19.99 for 100 tags.

http://www.wineenthusiast.com/100-wine-enthusiast-color-coded-wine-bottle-tags.asp

These are of course just some suggestions, there is really no right or wrong way to store your collection, it comes down to personal preference in terms of strategy of organization. Organization being the key word here, putting bottles away without being properly organized and having a strategy by which to do so is risky, this may result in wines over aging past their optimal drinking window and turning. There are several wine cellar management software systems that exist to help if you choose, most are free and can easily download to your smart phone or tablet. Having gone through most of them myself, vinocellar appears to be the most encompassing, this one however, it $9.99 and can be downloaded from iTunes. My personal preference is to label myself, this is part of the fun and an enjoyable part of this hobby, the thrill of the hunt comes to fruition and is seen first hand when the labels are stuck to the neck of your bottles and you know you have a successful storage and cellar management strategy.  If your collection becomes too much to handle, never fear, wine cellar management consultants are available to help, but this will come at a cost. In my opinion, the most important thing is to have fun, it is your hobby after all! Alla Salute!

Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Beringer

 

The 2011 Beringer cabernet sauvignon is a medium to full bodied dry wine with exceptional flavours and aromas such as chocolate, fresh herbs, currents and oak. This beautiful Nappa Valley creation drinks very well now but could cellar for a few more years with a maximum drinking window of 2020, it may develop more intense flavours over time but again drinks very well now, so why wait! The 2011 Beringer cabernet sauvignon is comprised of 95% cabernet sauvignon, 3% cabernet franc, 1% petit verdot and 1% merlot grape varieties. We paired this wine with chicken parmesan and rigatoni pasta with homemade tomato sauce, decanting this wine for an hour and giving it time to open up does it wonders. This wine also pairs very well with grilled red meats and firm cheeses, try it with an aged white cheddar! A very solid creation from the United States with a score of 90 from winealign.com. This is yet another fine example of some of the brilliant wines coming out of Napa Valley, California, U.S.A. Alla Salute!

Summary:

Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Sweetness: D – Dry

Style: Medium – Full Bodied, Firm

Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon

Size: 750ml bottle

Alcohol: 14.5%

Price: $40-$60

Score: 90 (winealign.com)