…or what I’ve been drinking this week.
I don’t shop this weekend. But I do enjoy wine, so I thought I’d share my own version of “Black Friday.” The only wines I could think of that begin with a K are either bigger producers or ones that I haven’t had in while so forgive the incomplete acronym. But by the time you finish tasting B, L, A, and C, I don’t think you’ll mind.
B is for Bridlewood 2011 Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon
Last weekend was a rare cold and rainy weekend here in Austin. We lit the fire around noon and by two, the smells of browning roast told my husband that it was time to open some red wine. We wanted something with some body and depth so I opened a sample* I’ve had for a bit.
One look at this wine in the glass and you know you are in for something rich. It has a ton of stewed black fruit on the nose with a hint of warm spice. Maybe cinnamon? On the palate, the fruit is a little brighter than the nose indicates, less “stew” more “blue.” Not overly tannic but a great finish and plenty of depth. A different style than you might expect from a California Cab, but a great deal at around $12.
L is for Lewis 2010 Texas Red Wine
I was so excited to make it out Lewis Wines in Hye, Texas. It is by appointment only but absolutely worth planning ahead for a visit. A blend of Touriga, Tempranillo, and Tinto Cao, this wine is gorgeous as it is unique. With a focus primarily on Mediterranean and Portuguese grapes, grown in Texas, Doug Lewis is building something beautiful in the Hill Country. I was really impressed by everything he poured. If he is making wine like this in his 20s, I can only imagine what’s to come. You’ll be hearing more about him, here and in the wine world.
A is for Aimery Sieur d’Arques Cremant de Limoux Rosé
I went to a Sparkling wine tasting at the local Whole Foods Market on Tuesday. They poured 5 bubblies: a Cava, Cremant, Prosecco, Moscato, and a Champagne. This was a lovely sparkling rosé. Subtle fruit and yeast notes, long finish, elegant bubbles. At $15 it is accessible and festive, great for the holidays.
C is for Canard-Duchêne 2005 Brut Millesimé Sparkling
This is a true Champagne, meaning it was born and bottled in the Champagne region. It is composed mostly of Pinot noir and aged five years. It is a pale gold with a fruity nose and is super rich. Great yeast notes and minerality, a long fruity finish and lovely mouthfeel. This is the splurge of the list at $55, but much more fun than some of the other big production Champagnes. Whether you’re looking for a gift, somewhere to put your bonus, or something celebratory, this vintage Champagne is bound to impress.
If you’re braving the craziness, pick up something, or a few delicious things, while you’re out. Cheers!