I recently presented 8 wines at private diner party with a theme of Old World vs. New World. We tasted flights of Rose, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon pairing New World with Old World. It was clear that the fruit-forward style of New World wines was popular and not surprisingly, the most liked wine was California Cabernet Sauvignon. Coincidentally, the most grown wine grapes in the world are Cabernet Sauvignon followed by Merlot and Tempranillo.
STUHLMULLER Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Alexander Valley, Sonoma Calif | $40
Alexander Valley is home to famous wineries like Silver Oak, Jordan and Chalk Hill.
Winery says “Gorgeous aromas of cassis, black cherry, crème de mure and savory black olive, broad, silky tannins and complex earthy notes of tobacco, black licorice and earthy forest floor. On the palate, an inviting freshness adds poise and definition to the mix of sweet and savory flavors, carrying this classically structured wine to a long, multifaceted finish.”
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Mike Giordano said:
Bob, what was the Old World Cab you paired against the Stuhlmuller Cab ?
Mike, the Old World pairing was Chateau Smith Haut Lafite Les Petite 2014 ($40).
Below are my notes for the evening:
From Pessac Leognan (pronounced leon yun), Red Bordeaux wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot grapes. “Left Bank” vineyards are dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, while “Right Bank” is primarily Merlot. This means that the Cabernet-based Left Bank wines tend to be a bit more tannic, while the Merlot-based Right Bank wines tend to have more restrained tannins.