Sunday, March 10, 2013

Kinkead Ridge 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

Why is it that when there is a heavy snow storm, such as the one that hit this area leaving between eight and nine inches on the ground earlier this week, I get the urge to grill something?  It was a heavy, wet snow so that meant shoveling the path to the grill wasn't an easy task.  Perhaps it had something to do with a big sale on prime porterhouse steaks.

With a big steak one needs a big wine and so I decided it was time to try a 2010 Kinkead Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon that had been resting since coming home from the winery with me last September.  This is a thick, dark wine with powerful fruit aromas, mainly black cherries and black currants.  It took some swirling to get the wine to open up a little.  This is not a reticent wine, it's in your face with fruit, tannin and wood.  It's well balanced and tasty and it was more than good with the steak, but if you're looking for subtlety look elsewhere.  As good as it was with the steak it seemed even better with a baked potato with butter and black truffle fleur de sel.  The truffle aromas were really great with the wine. 

Two days later the wine had settled down a little and wasn't as big and I liked it better.  There are three more bottles in the cellar and they will wait at least another year before seeing the light of day, and I will decant them about two hours ahead of time. 

2010 Kinkead Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon, Ohio River Valley.  15.2% alcohol.  162 cases.  $20.

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