Please know: this is my first wine blog article in many months. After two open heart surgeries in less than four months at the end of 2017 I am on the mend and regaining my strength and feeling better by the day.
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank my good friend Tom Welsh for filling in (writing some great articles) for me during my recovery time. Tom is a Level Two Sommelier and General Manager/Owner at the Tapastrie restaurant in downtown South Bend. He has assembled a great wine list at Tapastrie. Stop by and say hello to Tom and look his wine list over. The Mediterranean-style food is good and worth the trip. Thanks again Tom for your wonderful articles.
During my time off I have continued to read about wine (imagine that) and have assembled about 75 to 80 files on topics I want to write about. It was difficult to pick a topic for my first (return) article. So I decided my first article should be on something that had to do with our family’s wines.
During my absence we released several new wines, the first being our new 2012 Glenwood Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon.
The 2012 California grape harvest produced large amounts of high quality fruit. Many winemakers at the time used such words as “excellent,” “outstanding” and “ideal” to describe the 2012 vintage. It is worth noting that the two previous years weren’t as good, especially 2011. As a result, our own 2011 wines weren’t as good and received much lower scores from reviewers.
I am pleased to tell you about our 2012 Glenwood Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon. It is a blended wine made up of:
85% Cabernet Sauvignon
9% Cabernet Franc
2% Petit Verdot
All of the fruit is 100% Napa Valley grown. We produced 258 cases. I teamed up with Brian Nuss Winemaker/Owner of Vinoce Wines in Napa to produce this 2012 Cabernet.
Winemaker Brian Nuss went out of his way to acquire the very best varietals to use to blend this tasty Cabernet. The wines were aged in oak barrels prior to the blending process. Brian and I completed the blending process and after tasting the wines they were mixed in stainless steel tanks before being transferred to oak barrels again for aging until bottling.
Winemaker’s Tasting Notes
Our 2012 Glenwood Cellars Cabernet vintage is crafted from selected grapes to yield an intense, deeply-colored wine of concentrated aromas and flavors. The wine is approachable and delicious, and full of dark cherries, black currants with notes of cedar, sandalwood and coffee flavors.
My Tasting Notes
As I have mentioned before, I want to make a wine that is approachable out of the bottle with good aromas and a memorable finish.
Our 2012 Cabernet falls a little short in the aromas category. On my most recent tasting the nose was tight and required a little time in the glass before it began to open. On the palate the wine tasted of mild, dark fruit with hints of oak or cedar. The finish was of a good length with a slight peppery taste which turned into a nice coating and chewy sensation in my mouth. The alcohol content of this wine is 13.5%.
I hope you will give our 2012 Glenwood Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon a try and let me know what you think. It is available at local wine shops and restaurants.
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Until next week,
Calendar of Events
- May 4th – International Sauvignon Blanc Day
- May 9th – National Moscato Day
- May 21st – National Chardonnay Day
- May 25th – National Wine Day
- June 11th – National Rosé Wine Day
- Aug 1st – National Albariño Day
- Aug 18th – National Pinot Noir Day