Blown Out of the Water. What Cabernet Should Be.

This weekend was hot. Really hot[1]. The summer has been fairly mild so far, and we haven’t had to deal with this kind of oppressive heat yet. There we were on IMG_7735Sunday afternoon, sitting around trying to find something to do[2] when we decided the only thing to do was to go buy a blow up pool. So we did. Best Decision Ever.

What else did we do? Bought a bunch of Yuenglings and water guns and went to town. We were blown out of the water[3]. Then we drank some wine.

To:                   Alleged Blog Readers
From:             WineEsquire
Date:               July 20, 2015
Wine:              2012 Magic Door Vineyards Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon
I almost feel bad about how delicious this meal was and how well the wine paired with it. I was really blown out of the water. This wine is literally what Cabernet should be. I get raspberries, pipe tobacco and leather. It’s like drinking silk. Medium bodied with a longer finish; definitely some tannins, I’d say semi-IMG_7734dry. You could use the words “fruit forward” because the raspberries are so pronounced in the flavor profile. Since we hit 90 degrees today[4], we chilled this a bit and it was spot on. It was paired with roasted and stuffed Italian long hots, peppers we grew in our garden. Husband made a sausage, garlic, garden herb stuffing and It. Was. Phenomenal. We also broke out Friday night’s cheeseboard (or what was left) and imbibed and feasted to our hearts’ content. This is what summer is all about.

I almost feel bad about how I got this wine too. Gilt was having a 90 Plus Cellars deal, and I signed up with my Wine Esquire email. As a new customer, I got an additional 20% off. I had six bottles shipped[5] for $47.20, or $7.86 per bottle, and this was one of the bottles. What an amazing win. I’m not sure if you can recreate this deal, but I won’t wait for it again to buy another bottle of this gem!


Wine DossierIMG_7737
I’m sad to say that it looks like this wine is not readily available. A visit to Magic Door Vineyard’s website tells me to sign up in order to “get the chance to purchase the limited offerings from Magic Door Vineyards”. Uh oh. I signed up, and you should too. The bottle says it’s a Rutherford Cabernet from Napa Valley. Another Very Knowledgeable Wine Friend had told me to be on the lookout for Rutherford Cabernet a few months back. I hadn’t picked up a bottle yet and so I was pleased when this came in the mail. According to Wikipedia, Rutherford is a “census designated place” which essentially means it’s not an official town but everyone thinks of it as one.[6] Rutherford also has its own, albeit small, AVA[7] known for its Cabernet Sauvignon. I’m glad I now know this. I can’t wait to try more.

Lawyer Footnotes
[1] Today is also really hot.
[2] Local Amusement park? No. Local Winery? No. Kayaking? No. Boat ride? No. It was too hot to do anything.
[3] Pun intended.
[4] And there’s no air conditioning in Casa de Wine Esquire! Hence the decision to buy the blow up pool.
[5] To my office. Obviously.
[6] I think.
[7] See previous post’s Wine Dossier section.