Thursday, December 18, 2008


The 2007 Sangiovese and the "Oaked" 2007 Chardonnay are here!

Ah, I love having new wines in the bottle. As much as I would love to continously drink from one of my barrels, bottles seem to be more practical.

All the effort of the harvest, crush, racking and returning, and finally bottling (getting all the glass, corks, labels, capsules to arrive at the same place at the same time), leaves me with a sense of pride and relief.

In fact, it took me no time to uncork the much anticipated 2007 Sangiovese. This red has the most wonderfully toasty strawberry flavors. Not too heavy, not too light, this wine is perfect by itself or with your favorite Italian food.

We named this year's oaked chardonnay "Slabtown". Attractive name, eh? Sounds like it would be the name of a gun-slinging western movie. Slabtown was actually the name of Cambria before someone thought Cambria would be prettier. The town was named such because many of the homes and building were sided with slabs of wood. So I figured since this chardonnay was housed in wood (more elegant oak barrels, though), the name might be appropriate. Besides, some winery in Santa Maria already calls their winery Cambria. But I digress. This is a very tasty heavier bodied white wine. In fact, I call it a "white for red wine drinkers". The creamy texture of this wine offers vanilla-toffee aromas with a touch of spicy smoke on the finish. Make sure not to over-chill this wine. Take it out of the fridge 15 minutes before serving so you get all the nuanced flavors!

These are both great winter wines. And I think they taste just as great in the bottle as they did in the barrel. Of course, if you ever want to buy a whole barrel of wine from me, I'll gladly make you a very nice deal.


Blogger Ginger said...

Happy New Year Wine Man! The new oaked Chardonnay sounds FANTASTIC! I can't wait to try it when we come up for the Wine/Art Festival. I hope you and your family had a womderful holiday.
Tina :)

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