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Wine(s) of the Week

Woodbridge Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Robert Mondavi founded Woodbridge Winery in 1979 near his early home as a child in California. His goal was to craft “fine wines” for everyday drinking. This wine, a Cabernet Sauvignon, offers notes of blackberry and dark cherry with suggestions of toast and spice as well. Wine, he says, is “passion” to him, along with “family and friends, warmth of heart and generosity of spirit.” It’s a moderately priced wine that makes an ordinary meal extraordinary.

Sanguis Christi 2002 Cahors

This lovely Malbec has a distinctive nose of black fruits from Cahors in southwest France, It is dark and rich with spicy notes of black cherry and hints of cedar. Flavorful and distinctive, it complements meats well and offers its unique notes to the meal.



Wine(s) of the Week – Robertson Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 & Dow 2011 Late Bottle Vintage Porto

Rich red wines are a treat, no matter what the season of the year and these two wines bring excellent value to restaurants/bars and consumers alike.

The Robertson Winery, established in Robertson, South Africa in 1941, has an extended family today of 35 contributing farms, most of them 7th generation. Located in what many years ago was a church, it’s on the Breede River which it calls “a life source.”

The wine is matured for four months in French oak and has “no hard edges,” the winery notes.  Visit www.capeclassics.com and www.robertsonwinery.co.za.

Dow’s 2011 Late Bottled Vintage  Porto comes from Portugal’s Douro Valley and received 99 points from Wine Spectator. The winery’s vintage ports come from two of the best vineyards in the Douro Valley and in the winery’s classic style, are slightly dry and concentrated with spicy notes. These wines, the winery points out, are only made in the finest years and are very special. With a suggested retail price of $82, they are stand-out, special occasion treats from the Symington Family which has been making Port  wines since 1882. Enjoy this luscious wine with its concentrated black fruit, spice and chocolate flavors, soft tannins and dry finish, and toast its excellent winemakers! Check out https://www.dows-port.com/wines/late-bottled-vintage and Premium Port Wines Inc.


Wine of the Week – W & J Graham’s Six Grapes Reserve Porto

If  you’ve been curious about Port wines and wanting to learn more, there’s probably no better place to start than with the Symingtons, a family with Scotch, British and Portuguese ancestry that spans 14 generations, all the way back to the mid-17th century and the beginnings of the history of Port.

Today, they own 27 individual estates in the Duoro Valley of Portugal, described as the most significant vineyard holding in the region. Symington Family Estates is responsible for making nearly one-third of all premium Port categories. Wine Spectator’s Robert Parker has called the family “the most consistent produce of great Port in the post-World War II era,”

That being said, Six Grapes is an iconic brand that dates to the early 19th century when W&J Graham (William and John) began using a coding system to classify wines from each harvest by their quality. A  select group of ‘lots’ is picked in a rigorous selection process to make up their Vintage Port and the best of the remaining lots are blended and bottled as Six Grapes Port, described as more like a “declassified” Vintage Port than a typical reserve Port.

This wine is 20 percent ABV with grapes from five separate vineyards. It received 91 points from Wine&Spirits in 2013 and 5 Stars-Best in Show that year from Decanter Awards. W&J Graham began in 1810 in Oporto, going on to produce vintage Ports of great quality.

We’d been skeptical about Ports, not really knowing anything about them, until tasting a number of them at a wine event about a year ago. From the very first sip, we knew we’d discovered something worth learning more about.  We’ll be writing more in weeks ahead about rich and elegant vintages produced by this family. They note that long-term vision and commitment are the requirements for success. Through many generations, they’ve proven their dedication. With several Wine Spectator Wine of the Year awards and high rankings, the Symingtons, who also own Quinta do Vesuvio, a leading vineyard estate, have proven their commitment many times over with a group of outstanding vintages.20170421_103107#1.jpg

This vintage pairs well with rich chocolate desserts and strong blue cheeses. It’s a rich red color with a nose of plums, blackberries and cherries. Well structured, the  Ports are designed for drinking in special Port wine glasses or white wine glasses to allow the wine’s aroma to be fully appreciated. This fresh, rich wine makes an excellent starting point for learning about vintage Port. The six grapes symbol has become a mark of quality. Visit http://www.sixgrapes-port.com.

Wine of the Week- Rustenberg Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

By now, most people who follow us know we love South African wines and this gorgeous Cabernet Sauvignon from Rustenberg in Simonsberg-Stellenbosch on South Africa’s Cape is our latest discovery. Rich in dark berry fruit, good tannins and a fine structure, it is a winner. The vintage  matured in French oak for 15 months. Serve with red meats – it is the perfect pairing – or sip by itself. If you love Cabs, you will want to try this one! It is imported by Indigo Wine Group in Venice, FL. Go to www.rustenberg.co.za