Saturday, April 9, 2011

2009 Sean Minor Sauvignon Blanc and 2008 Gain Bay "Cabernet Family"

We're looking to expand the concept of a "farm" around here. My wife has been diligently working in the garden planting all sorts of vegetables, herbs, flowers and berry bushes. We ended up hatching 3 chicks out of a clutch of 15-16 eggs. The three newbies are doing well under a heat lamp in the basement for now. We'll probably add to the new flock by purchasing a couple of hatchlings from one of the local farm stores. Pigs are on the way. We have a couple of sources and should have two by the end of the month. (We've warned the kids to not become too attached as these hogs are destined for the dinner table.) So today's project was building a shelter for the pigs. I'll install the heavy duty "hog wire" fencing around their pen tomorrow.

So after a long, hot, windy day's work, a nice dinner and a couple of wines were in order. First up was the ever-delicious 2009 Sean Minor Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County. I enjoyed the sweet grapefruit, lemon and slight herbaceous aromas and flavors while I was waiting for the our lamb shanks to finish their long braise. A great summer sipper for those of us who enjoy tropical flavors without the over-the-top, green pepper characteristics of most New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs.

The shanks were enjoyed with the 2008 Gain Bay Cabernet Family Red Wine, Napa Valley. Splendid color with initial aromas of black olive and coffee. After a while in the glass, it picks up a distinct herbal note; probably from the Cabernet Franc. Quite tannic on the palate with plenty of black fruit and a certain meatiness. Thick, but there is plenty of acidity to keep everything nicely balanced. At $23, this is an excellent Bordeaux-style blend of 55% Cab. Sauv., 27% Cab. Franc, 15% Petite Verdot and 3% Malbec

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