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©2008 The Romantic Table, December's Wine Picks, Broadside Margarita Vineyard Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon 2006  and Claiborne and Churchill Dry Gewürztraminer Alsatian Style 2006 2008-12-09 23:14:54:90
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December's Wine Picks, Broadside Margarita Vineyard Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 and Claiborne and Churchill Dry Gewürztraminer Alsatian Style 2006

December, Wine Value Picks Broadside Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 and Claiborne and Churchill Dry Gewürztraminer.


This month we visited the wine shop 15degressC in Templeton, California. We asked owner Ali Rush Carscaden for her wine "value" recommendations. The rules were simple, we asked for two food friendly wines, a Red to serve with a hearty roast, a White (or Rose) for a traditional turkey dinner and both wines under $18.00 a bottle.

This month we visited the wine shop 15 degrees C Wine Shop & Bar in Templeton, California. We asked owner Ali Rush Carscaden for her wine "value" recommendations. The rules were simple, we asked for two food friendly wines, a Red to serve with a hearty roast, a White (or Rose) for a traditional turkey dinner and both wines under $18.00 a bottle.

Ali recommended Broadside Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 for the Red choice, and Claiborne and Churchill Dry Gewürztraminer for the white choice.

Broadside Margarita Vineyard Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

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Broadside Margarita Vineyard Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon 2006


Santa Margarita is the southernmost vineyard in the Paso Robles Wine region,. It is just at the edge of Cuesta Grade when the Mountains of Northern San Luis Obispo give way to the lower plains of Southern San Luis Obispo. The temperature tends to be just a bit cooler due to some marine influence.

Background

Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the most famous, if not the most famous red wine grown in California. Considered the King of the Red Wines, it is the Red of Bordeaux, and it is the red wine that made Napa. Cabernet Sauvignon is also very widely planted in the Paso Robles region. It is very well adapted to the local climate and tends to do quite well. In warmer climes, Cabernet Sauvignon grapes produce dark, tannic wines with overtones of plums, currents and blackberries.

There is noticeable micro-climate in the Santa Margarita area. It is typically a bit cooler than Paso Robles. North of Paso Robles in the Monterey wine region where it is also cooler, Cabernet can express herbaceous - grassy aromas which is not a fault, but definitely not what we were looking for.

Our observations.

In the glass, the appearance of the wine was deep ruby red, transparent and clean. Swirling the glass, the wine nicely coated the glass side with slow running tears as we expected. A Cabernet Sauvignon should have substantial body to it.

The aroma of the wine was fruity, but not jammy. We noticed the characteristic aromas of cherries, currents and a hint of vanilla. No herbaceous overtones at all - the Paso Robles AVA wins out!

On the palette, the wine was full, dry, and very smooth with moderate tannins. There was nice bit of lively acidity and a hint of licorice. The alcohol level at 13.9% was pleasant and not at all harsh.

The finish was long, smooth and substantial, leaving a nice warm echo of the wine in the mouth.

This is a very Paso Robles East-side style Cabernet, with moderate tannins and acidity - a very food friendly wine. This is a good wine to serve with a hearty roast. The tannins are very moderate and perhaps the wine would be lost with an oak grilled Santa Maria Style Barbecue, but this wine would be a beautiful complement to a Hearty Roast Beef with Yorkshire Pudding.

Claiborne and Churchill Dry Gewürztraminer Alsatian Style 2006

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Claiborne and Churchill Dry Gewürztraminer Alsatian Style 2006

From the website www.claibornechurchill.com

"We are impressed by the fruit, length, minerality and the finesse of the 2006 vintage. Unmistakable aromas of kaffir lime and white peach greet you from the glass, balancing racy acidity and rich fruit. Although fresh and lovely in its youth, this is unquestionably a wine with the ability to age well under proper cellar conditions, developing nuance and character as it reaches maturity over the next decade or more."

Background

Gewürztraminer grapes are capable of making some very fine wines. Unfortunately here in California especially they have been associated with some very bad sugary wines. While Gewürztraminer is usually assumed to be a mild sweet wine -and indeed it can be used to make some fine dessert wines, it also makes a fine dry white wine.

It performs best in cooler climates where the sugar levels stay in balance with its acidity. This particular Gewürztraminer grapes came from the cool Monterey Wine region.

Our observations.

When we opened the bottle we at once notice the pronounced floral aromas characteristic of this wine. In the glass the wine was a transparent gold color. Swirling the glass we notice moderate tears indicating the lighter structure we were looking for.

The aroma of the wine had the lovely floral characteristics we expected in the wine. We also noticed a nice citrus aroma of pink grapefruit and tangerine.

On the palette, the wine was substantial but light, off-dry with a very slight sweetness and a nice prickly level of acidity. The alcohol level at 12.5% was light, but enough to give a sense of a nice mouth full. Although some barrel aging was used in the processing, there was no real perceptible tannins in the taste.

The finish was long and smooth, leaving a light lingering citrus aftertaste.

Well, we are not sure what "kaffir lime" is, but we really like this wine. The complexity of the floral and citrus overtones make it much more interesting to drink than a typical Chardonnay. And the dryness and low alcohol level at 13.4% will keep you alert and conversant! As a food wine, it has just the right amount of sweetness and citrus overtones to complement roasted chicken or turkey- preferable with an Italian style fruit stuffing of apples and golden raisins -one of our favorites!

This wine particular wine would also complement Asian style foods. It has good acidly and the low tannins will complement the hot pepper used in Asian style cooking such as Thai Cuisine.

Enjoy!






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