Had an absolutely mouth dropping meal last night at our friends home here in Copper Valley. Started out with Portuguese and Irish cheeses, olives, etc., for appetizers. Then dinner was served with great food that included the following: oven roasted fresh vegetables, fresh garden salad with homemade dressing, twice baked potatoes, seasoned and baked fresh salmon and swordfish and a perfectly BBQ’ed tri-tip.
Pulled this gem out of the cellar, a 2009 O’Shaughnessy Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. Mostly Cabernet Sauvignon and a little Malbec and Merlot added for roundness. On the eyes an extremely dark purple and med-heavy viscosity. On the nose an almost overwhelming experience of aromas of violets and blackberries. On the palate everything imaginable from a mountain fruit from Napa Valley. Ranging from dark chocolate, granite to boysenberry. Largely structured similar to the Rock of Gibraltar with immense tannins but is balanced as a tightrope walker with a silky smooth finish. For the last 15+ years always a perennial favorite wine. This was a perfect wine with dinner. Robert Parker rated it 96 points, but I even believe it is higher! Current retail is $150.
One of the “many wines” tasted last evening included a 2015 Tobin James Silver Reserve Lagrein from Paso Robles. Tobin James has a tremendous following and a wine club of 30,000!! While “large”, they have some unique and smaller lot wines. Lagrein is an ancient grape variety from northeastern Italy and this is Tobin James 5th vintage. Lagrein is a full body wine with plum and cherry flavors. On the eyes it is an amazingly dark deep coloration. The finish is “old world” with leather, spicy pepper and dried fruits. Only 958 cases produced and is priced at $48.