Thursday, January 12, 2012
While Big Dog Vineyards is primarily famous for their Cabernet Sauvignon, they are expanding to other varietals which you can taste including a Zinfandel from Paso Robles. While not yet released (will be released in March), you might also get to taste a barrel sample of the 2010 Chardonnay from Santa Cruz Mountains. Big Dog will also be releasing a 2010 Syrah from Dry Creek Valley and a 2010 Merlot from Santa Cruz Mountains. But the Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and Estate Cabernet Franc are the highlights of the visit. They have also released a dessert wine produced in a port style from the Estate Cabernet Sauvignon.
The 2006 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon won Gold at last year’s San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and is a handcrafted wine aged for 3 years in American and French Oak delivering a great complexity of aromas and flavors of dark fruit, black cherry, licorice and a long finish. The price is $28 per bottle
The 2007 Big Dog Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Dessert Wine picked up Silver at the 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and has a great balance of fruit and sweet, delivering a nice warm finish that you will love. The price is $18.50 per 375 ml bottle. Note that the 2007 Cabernet Franc Dessert Wine last year won Best of Class at the 2011 SF Chronicle Wine Competition so Big Dog does know how to make good dessert wines.
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