Friday, January 21, 2011

California Cabernets

BoaVentura's  2007 Cabernet Sauvignon - Black Label from Livermore California.
The photos below are a selection of ingredients that omit aromas associated with wines.  It is intresting to see them in the class and adds a nice visual intrest.

Aromas Found in Wines

As the weather consistently gets colder here in Colorado Springs this early January, I have two wonderful thoughts to comfort me.  One is the thought that I will be vacationing in sunny Flordia very soon.  The other is the thought of enjoying this lovely bottle of red wine with my beautiful wife, Kerri Jo.

Let's learn something about the Cabernet Sauvignon.

A hybrid offspring of the Sauvignon blanc and the Cabernet Franc, the Cabernet Sauvignon could be the dominate grape of the world as far as many are concerned.  We love Cabs and they are among our favorite wines to drink. 

The small black, thick skined grape produces wines that carry aromas and flavors of black currants fresh or stewed, green bell pepper, cigar box, leather, chocolate, cedar and notes of mint and violet.

They are medium to full bodied with medium to high tannins and medium to high acidity full of richness and liveliness.

This grape thrives everywhere it has been planted arond the world, however the predominate growing regions most recognized include: Bordeaux, California, Australia and Chile.  In California, the well known Cabs are from Sonoma, Napa and Paso Robles.  

Today we get to explore Livermore in the Central Coast and spice up our day with this limited production of Cabernet Sauvignon from Brett and Monique at BoaVentura de Caires Winery. 

A blend of 50% grape juice from the back flat area of the winery and 50% grape juice from the front slope where the grapes develop a rich earthness and mineral quality that make this wine something to be desired.

BoaVentura de Caires Winery is located at 9309 Tesla Road in Livermore California and is opened for tastings the first weekend of each month.  Owners Brett and Monique hand craft all the wines themselves and the grapes are all hand picked as well.  The Winery was established in 2000 and is located on a five acre lot that was once an old ranch, still lurking with chickens, dogs, geese, goats and maybe even a donkey, kids and lots of love as far as I could tell.  

I learned from Brett that he developed the art of winemakeing from family and friends like Karl Wente, Noah Taylor and many others.  It Does not matter to us, his wine is excellent.

In the old barn that serves as the Winery's tasting room a bar is constructed of tables from an old San Fransisco orphanage.  BoaVentura wines sell out really fast and are sought after by lovers of fine wines from everywhere.   They produce mostly Cabernet Sauvignon but also offer a small seclection of Petite Sirah, Syrah and a white table wine.  We love their Cabs.