When I first went into the wine business in 2010, I called on my good Napa Valley friend Didier Loustau for lots of advice and direction. He willingly provided it and for that I am grateful.
One of those helpful tips was an email introduction to winemaker Sean Larkin. That was followed up with a number of phone calls between Sean and I. All of this led to the production of the 2008 Tiedemann Signature Series Red Wine…our very first release of that wine.
Sean Larkin has a very interesting background. He came to the U.S. from Scotland at the age of 19. Sean worked in the construction industry, following in his father’s footsteps as a sheet metal worker. After a number of years in the industry, Sean owned his own company which did sheet metal work in the New York City and New Jersey areas. After a trip to Napa Valley, Sean became fascinated with the wine business. He eventually sold his company and began a successful career in the wine business. Sean Larkin is now one of the top winemakers in Napa Valley.
After a successful release of our 2008 Tiedemann Red we produced the next vintage: a 2009 Tiedemann Signature Series Red Wine. The wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Petite Sirah. All of the wines are from select Napa Valley vineyards.
What follows are my comments from the tasting notes when we released the wine:
“Winemaker Sean Larkin and I share the same great passion for wine. We strive for that passion to be evident in the wines we make. Sean has done a wonderful job of interpreting the taste and structure I want in my flagship wine: the Tiedemann Signature Series Red Wine. The 2009 Tiedemann is a beautifully crafted Bordeaux-style blend that is predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine possesses all the elements of greatness, including individuality, elegance and a complexity combined with a compelling richness. The smooth mouth feel of this wine offers a soft velvety texture which is pleasing to the palate and provides a long harmonious finish. This wine will improve in the bottle and should drink well for many years to come.”
And these are winemaker Sean Larkin’s tasting notes:
“This is only the second vintage of the Tiedemann Signature Series Red Wine: a Napa Valley varietal composite that captures both the depth of the vintage and the diversity of the vineyards. The wine is intensely aromatic and while full on the palate, manages great purity and finesse. The tannins are ripe and completely integrated. Overall this is a rich, complex and compelling wine that will undoubtedly age with grace.”
We produced 224 cases of the 2009 Tiedemann red wine, which aged in French Oak barrels for 18 months. The wine received a rating of 90 points from Wine Enthusiast magazine.
The wine is available locally at Chalet Party Shoppes or can be ordered through your favorite wine store. It is also available at a number of local restaurants including McCarthy’s on the Riverwalk, The Mark Dine & Tap, Artisan, Tapastrie and Ditka’s in Chicago, to name a few.
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Until next week,
Please join us for these Upcoming Tiedemann On Wines Wine Club dinners:
August 25, Uptown Kitchen’s 9th Anniversary Wine Dinner, Uptown Kitchen in Granger, 6:30 p.m.
October 13, Old World Versus New World Wines, Dinner at McCarthy’s on the Riverwalk in Elkhart, 6:30 p.m.
November 10, Spanish Wine Dinner at McCarthy’s on the Riverwalk in Elkhart, 6:30 p.m.