Saturday, January 8, 2011

2007 Rubus Cabernet Sauvignon

Thoroughly enjoyed the 2007 Rubus Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley tonight with dinner. Nice, if unspectacular color. The nose is a veritable explosion of fruit compote - blueberry, raspberry, cherry with a hint of cinnamon spice. There's a bit of fine French oak in there, too, but its use is subtle; as it should be. The fruit and spice notes follow through on the palate where the wine displays full tannins and very good acidity. Overall, this is a very balanced wine that is imminently drinkable now but will also probably fare well in the cellar for the next 5-10 years. Rumor has it that there is a good bit of Stag's Leap fruit in this wine and the briery/blueberry component makes me think the claims are true.

Dinner tonight was a pork tenderloin that I rubbed with spices and olive oil and grilled over charcoal. I like to pull it when it's still at a rosy medium-rare, wrap it in plastic wrap and let it sit for a good 15-20 minutes. The pork is still plenty warm and really retains a lot of its natural juices. I served the pork with a reduction of red wine, balsamic vinegar, a bit of brown sugar and a spoon of raspberry preserves. Not quite Woodfire Grill good, but tasty nonetheless.

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