Thursday, February 27, 2014

Blue Rock 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley

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When we visited Maumee Wines & Bistro for Valentine’s Day, our attention was riveted by this 2009 Blue Rock Cabernet. We have been dazzled by their Baby Blue red blend before and consider it one of our favorite wines.

We have never had the Blue Rock Cab and it was time to correct that omission.

Green Dragon and I were accompanied by the Cabinator and Glorious T. It wasn’t hard to convince the Cabinator to go with a great Cab from Alexander Valley. At the Bistro you can buy a bottle of wine from the retail area and have it with dinner for an additional $8 corkage fee. That’s a nice saving over the typical 100% markup.

I ordered an awesome pan roasted beef tenderloin finished with fruit chutney
accompanied by rustic potatoes and broccoli rabe. Green Dragon selected the Chicken Oscar. The pairing couldn’t have been better.

The Blue Rock is a wonderfully rich wine that is 90% Cabernet Sauvignon with the blend being rounded out with Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petite Verdot. It is an elegant wine that is both complex but ready to drink and enjoy right now. It sells for about $45. It’s quality is certainly on par with some of Napa’s best Cab – but at about half the price.

Blue Rock is aged 22 months in oak and ripples with black cherry and dark fruit notes. The wine is ripe and fresh in flavor, avoiding the heaviness that can detract from some high-end Cabs.

Alexander Valley is home to some sensational wines and top-notch values. In short, Blue Rock rocks!

Rating: 5 of 5  Value: 5 of 5

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