Cabernet Sauvignon Fits All Foods…Well, Almost

Chef Yousef Ghalaini’s smoked salmon salad at FIG restaurant requires Chardonnay
Chef Yousef Ghalaini’s smoked salmon salad at FIG restaurant requires Chardonnay

 

by André Gayot


Attractive and sporty Molly Hill, winemaker of seven years at Sequoia Grove (Rutherford, California), teamed up with Yousef Ghalaini, the new chef of FIG restaurant in the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows (Santa Monica, California) to pair her wines with his food.


As Sequoia Grove focuses on prime Cabernet Sauvignons, the theme of the demonstration was that Cabs can accommodate a whole variety of dishes. Maybe not the smoked salmon salad, though. For the fish, Sequoia Grove has a flowery Napa Valley Chardonnay ($28).
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Barnett Vineyards 2003 Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon – Wine of the Week Review

Barnett Vineyards 2003 Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Barnett Vineyards 2003 Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

Price: $95

Rating: 16.5/20

Region: Napa Valley (Spring Mountain District), California

Varietals: 95.5 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 3 percent Cabernet Franc & 1.5 percent Petit Verdot

Production: 1,606 cases

Alcohol: 14.1 percent


Tasting Notes: Hal and Fiona Barnett founded their eponymous vineyards in 1983 on the top of Spring Mountain on the west side of Napa Valley. With steeply sloped vineyards and an altitude of 2,000 feet, the region produces distinctive mountain wines. First released in 2006 and now aged nicely, the 2003 Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon boasts incredible balance Continue reading “Barnett Vineyards 2003 Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon – Wine of the Week Review” »

Chateau Margene 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – Wine of the Week Review

Chateau Margene 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Chateau Margene 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Price: $76

Rating: 14.5/20

Region: Paso Robles, California

Varietals: 86 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 9 percent Cabernet Franc & 5 percent Merlot

Production: 326 cases

Alcohol: 14.9 percent


Tasting Notes: Michael and Margene Mooney founded Chateau Margene in 1997. They planted their six-acre Paso Robles estate vineyard in 1998 and built a winery in 2001. Chateau Margene produces about 3,000 cases annually, devoted exclusively to Cabernet Sauvignon and other red Bordeaux varietals. The 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is a well-liked, sophisticated offering for the region. Elegant and balanced, it boasts concentrated, ripe black fruit Continue reading “Chateau Margene 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – Wine of the Week Review” »

A Taste of Aquaoir

An 'Aquaoir' box of Mira Winery 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
An “Aquaoir” box of Mira Winery 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon


by Barnaby Hughes


Mira Winery made headlines earlier this year when it aged four cases of its 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon underwater in Charleston Harbor for three months. When the wine was later brought to the surface and tasted, Mira winemaker Gustavo Gonzalez was quoted as saying, “It’s not better, it’s not worse and it is definitely different. The land wine is tighter versus Aquaoir-aged wine, which is more complex and broad, more open and relaxed. The result is proof certain that we have more to learn.”

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Lincourt 2011 La Cuesta Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon – Wine of the Week Review

Lincourt 2011 La Cuesta Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Lincourt 2011 La Cuesta Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Price: $40

Rating: 14.5/20

Region: Santa Ynez Valley, California

Varietal: 100 percent Cabernet Sauvignon

Production: 836 cases

Alcohol: 13.9 percent


Tasting Notes: When Bill Foley founded Lincourt in 1996, little did he know that Foley Family Wines would expand to include a dozen wineries in Napa, Sonoma, Paso Robles, Washington state and New Zealand. Named for his two daughters Lindsay and Courtney, Lincourt lies at the far southern end of the Central Coast wine region. The 2011 La Cuesta Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is a complex, well-balanced wine. Boasting blackberry, blueberry and black tea aromas, a plush mouthfeel and Continue reading “Lincourt 2011 La Cuesta Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon – Wine of the Week Review” »