Evening Imbibe …
Earlier today I wrapped the day with a Stone Levitation. Sometimes you need something with a little rigid backbone to give you some pep, you know?
I returned to the winery to check on fermentations, wind things down, clean up a little and I sipped on an impromptu blend of Cabernet Sauvignon –Syrah 2008. Its about a 65-35 blend. A little oak rich (these were barrel samples), but still quite interesting.
Quick note. The other night sipped and studied on a random sample of a nice Cabernet from Armida Winery, up north. And I’ll tell you, I was reminded outright that Temecula is simply not Cab country. Can we make them? Sure. Can they be interesting? Sure. But can we capture the depth of fine Cab like they can? Not consistently, no, and not as a stand alone varietal wine.
On the other hand, something special happens down here with both Syrah and Grenache if they’re farmed and crafted with proper care. These grapes will be our finest, consistent expressions of excellent red wine. Count on it.
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