A Wine Blow Out
What’s a Toledo Wines and Vines Grand Tasting like? Each team member brings a bottle or two of outstanding wine plus a dish. The hosts – this year it was Glorious T and the Cabinator – have to put up with a noisy clamor and dozens of dirty wine glasses.
A Chilly Start
This is a crisp and elegant Riesling and almost bone dry. There is a nice mix of citrus and minerality.
From our cellar I brought one of my favorite Rieslings, the 2009 Hermann J. Wiemer Magdelena Vineyard Riesling. This is a beautiful white wine that is capable of aging.
In the glass the Magdelena had a deeper golden color than the Ravines. It is amazingly expressive Riesling with flavor notes of apricot and apple. This has a hint of sweetness (1.4% residual sugar) that is expertly balanced by the acidity. I would have enjoyed several more glasses of this!
The whites were expertly paired with Glorious T’s crab cheese cake and you-know-who’s delicious shrimp.
Reds Begin To Flow
The wine gushes with rapsberry and cherry flavors with a hint of more savory notes. It worked quite well with the mushrooms prepared by Sax Man.
As I snapped the photo of the Pinot Noir, Dr. J and Casey photobombed it.
Here’s one of the videos for you to enjoy.
We next paid a visit to Napa Valley with the 2004 Peju Province Cabernet Franc. This Cab Franc
had a slight brick red hue in the glass and a unique licorice flavor to go with the red berry and leather notes. Quite a complex wine that has evolved in the bottle.
Leaving the US shores, we then ventured to France for a Bordeaux blend. I had purchased the 1999 Chateau Simard Saint-Emilion when the Zinful wine bar in Waterville had closed. (They have since opened a tasting room in downtown Perrysburg, but that’s another story.)
An Epic Finish
I had planned on buying a bottle or two, but the Green Dragon shut me down, claiming I “already had too much wine.” After I decided she was mistaken I went back to the online site, but it was too late – the Cairdean was sold out.
Atlas Peak is the highest elevation region in Napa Valley. This is a stylish wine and lush with the flavor of blueberry and dark fruit. This is a powerful and moving wine. Paired with Wine Chick’s chocolate fudge and some truffles, this was divine.
Dr. J then worked a magic trick, producing the 2012 Sleight of Hand Illusionist Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley. Sleight of Hand should be at the top of your list of Washington State producers. The Illusionist is rich with expressive fruit. The flavors are complex yet highly drinkable.
The Illusionist is 92% Cabernet Sauvignon with 5% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. A heavenly mix that explode in a flavorful burst in your mouth. This was accompanied by Casey’s red velvet cake.
The tasting was winding down and Glorious T decided we need to come in for a landing. She pulled a 375 ml bottle of 2012 Clos Du Val Cabernet Sauvignon, and that provided the perfect ending to the Grand Tasting.