Modern Lifestyles FALL 2015 - Page 58

Enter The Big Dog Reds WORDS Andrew Chalk PHOTO Steve Kennedy T hinking of some powerful cabernet sauvignon wines for fall dinners? Here are four that came by our office recently that are worth a look. They even come at four different price points, from $31 to over $200. We tasted the wines first on their own, and then paired them with roast leg of lamb from Hirsch’s Specialty Meats cooked with slices of garlic and sprigs of rosemary inserted in the flesh. 2013 Treana Red Wine, Paso Robles, CA ($24-$31) Deep blood-red color presages bright fruit on the nose with blackberries, and redcurrants. There is also a bacon note attributable likely to the 25% Syrah in the blend. In the mouth the wine has velvety tannins that make it easy to drink now, although it will age, likely for up to a decade. Winemaker Austin Hope reports that 2013 harvest conditions were near perfect. “The wines from 2013 have great color, flavors and tannin structure” he reports. The grapes were fermented individually and given a period of extended maceration to extract color and tannin. Ageing was in small French oak barrels (65% new, 35% once-used) for 13 months. The blend was then created and given an additional two months ageing. Production 7,000 cases. 2012 cade ‘Napa Valley’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, CA ($64) Intense dark ruby color. Nose of blackberries, thyme, cherry and coffee. The tightly woven mouthfeel needs 56 time to become more expressive but the tannins make this an enjoy X