Two Wines Last Friday Night –2018 Cuda Ridge Wines Malbec & 2020 Wood Family Vineyards Cabernet Franc

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(Photo ©Michael Kelly)

Enjoyed two refreshing wines last Friday night after a dinner with our children, one son-in-law and two grandchildren. The first at a wine bar called Brentwood’s Co.Co. County Wine Co located downtown. Live music and one loud and dynamic environment but fun to get out for a change! Enjoyed the 2018 Cuda Ridge Wines Malbec on the wine list. It was “dark and handsome” and gently coated the palate with “inky purple hues” and flavors of juicy plum. Beautiful velvety smooth tannins and surprisingly paired well with cheese popcorn on the table!

(Photo ©Michael Kelly)

Made it back home and wanted another glass to top off the evening. Pulled a nice 2020 Wood Family Vineyards Cabernet Franc. On the eyes a dark ruby red and medium heavy viscosity.  On the nose blackberry, cherry and violets were dominant. On the palate, plum and caramel pipe tobacco engulfed the mouth with a hint of milk chocolate. The finish was medium with soft edges and extremely smooth with an earthiness, an absence of any strong pyrazines made for a soft and smooth landing and lingering finish with a hint of vanilla.

It was a Livermore wine night and yet never made it to Livermore!




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