In this week’s blog I want to report on a couple items, starting with a special event that was held in Elkhart last Thursday evening (July 21, 2016).
A Summer Evening in the Gardens
Since the very first Elkhart Wellfield Botanic Gardens Annual Dinner, Mrs. Tiedemann and I have not only attended these wonderful (and often hot) summer evening events, we have donated all of the wine for the reception and dinner (compliments of Tiedemann Wines).
The wines of the evening for 2016 were:
- 2011 Glenwood Cellars Cabernet
- 2009 Eric Kent Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
- 2009 Eric Kent Russian River Chardonnay
- 2012 Glenwood Cellars Chardonnay
- 2009 Tiedemann Signature Series Red
The wines paired nicely with the reception’s tasty hors d’oeuvres and the very special surf and turf dinner, all provided by friend Kurt Janowsky of the Matterhorn Catering Company.
Mrs. Tiedemann and I enjoyed the evening’s festivities with our guests, Andrew and Cindy Carpenter, Amir and Shahla Pouya, and Bob Thatcher. We missed Bob’s lovely wife, Julie, as she was traveling on a special mother/daughter trip with her daughter, Madison, to Charleston, South Carolina.
It really was a treat to spend the evening with wonderful friends in such a beautiful place as the Gardens. If you have never been there or haven’t visited them lately, be sure to do so as quickly as you can. The Gardens’ sculptures and features are simply marvelous, and are not to be missed.
The annual program is always interesting and informative. Eric Garton, Robert and Peggy Weed Executive Director Chair, did an impressive job of reporting on the activities at the Gardens in the past year, while also presenting a snapshot of the coming year (some exciting stuff coming in the future). Current and future activities and events at the Gardens include:
- Groovin’ in the Gardens Summer Concert Series on Thursday evenings through mid August
- Taste of the Gardens, Saturday, August 27, 2016: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For a full schedule of events, check out the Garden’s website at www.wellfieldgardens.org and click on Special Events. The Gardens is a hidden gem situated on the north edge of downtown Elkhart and everyone in our area is lucky to have such a lovely place.
2005 Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve
My second report this week is on a bottle Cabernet. I was rummaging around in my wine cellar and came across several bottles of 2005 Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet. Frankly, I couldn’t remember where or when I bought them, so it seemed like I should treat myself and try one of the bottles. It was really a good decision to do so as the wine was gorgeous.
I have reported on Beringer wines before in my blog. Here is a refresher on the vineyards: Beringer was established in 1876 by brothers Jacob and Fredrick Beringer. Their dream was to make wines to rival the Old World wines of Europe. Today, Beringer is led by Jacob Beringer’s great-great-grandson, Chief Winemaker Mark Beringer. Beringer is now California’s longest continually operating winery.
The Private Reserve Cabernet is one of Beringer’s flagship wines, and often a little pricey. For most of us, this would be what I call a “special occasion” wine. This wine prices in at $80.00 to $100.00-plus per bottle. The Private Reserve wine doesn’t begin to drink well until it is at least 5 to 6 years old. It has a drinking window (if stored properly) of 15 to 20 years. If you decide to buy this wine and want to drink it soon, I would look for vintages starting with 2000 to 2010. If you don’t mind waiting to drink the wine, you can get a newer vintage and cellar it for several more years.
This 2005 Cabernet is a blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. The alcohol level is 14.5% so it would be considered a full-bodied wine.
When I looked at the wine in the glass, it was an inky purple in color. The nose offered aromas of black fruit and hints of spice. It took awhile of me swirling my glass get it to start opening.
On the palate, the wine was great. It had tastes of fruit, chocolate, cola and oak with a finish that must have lasted for 30 to 45 seconds. Just when I didn’t expect it, my mouth and teeth felt coated and dry from this well-balanced wine. If it makes a difference and it does to some, this wines highest rating was 95 points. It was really fun to drink.
If you want a great wine for that special occasion, this would be a wine you could put on your list. If you get the opportunity to try the Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet, especially some of the older vintages, don’t pass it up. Do try it…you will be glad you did.
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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. Click here for full information on this amazing event.
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.