04 Nov Wine Wednesday: àMaurice Owl & Crown Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 ($65)
This Week In Red Wine Reviews: àMaurice Owl & Crown Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 ($65)
“This is an intriguing wine, with notes of dried sage, fresh herbs, mineral and black tea. The palate offers sweet, dense, layered vanilla, clove and cherry flavors backed by dry tannins. Still young, this wine needs extended time in the cellar to be properly appreciated. Best after 2022.” – Wine Enthusiast
Wine Ratings & Awards:
2015 Wine Enthusiast – 89 Points
2014 Stephen Tanzer – 91 Points
TheGrape Certified Gold Medal – 2014
The àMaurice wines have a strong commitment to growing and selecting fruit that fits their wine profile. And sometimes that means, selecting vines from the best lots and specific rows – a tedious process no doubt. However, this detail shows immense dedication and after one sip, sentiments of gratitude and pleasure fill the heart and palate. The estate vineyard sits on a southwest slope facing the valley of Mill Creek in Washington’s Walla Walla wine region. The land is full of fertile silt, and well-drained soil stemming from sediments that accumulated as a result of ice age floods that repeatedly inundated the Columbia basin between 15 and 12 thousand years ago. Combine this with a talented and passionate winemaker and you get first class wines. In fact, àMaurice’s winemaker, Anna Schafer was named the only female and youngest ‘Top New Winemaker’ by Seattle Magazine!
The highly acclaimed, 2010 àMaurice Owl & Crown Cabernet Sauvignon displays a beautiful deep garnet color. Upon swirling a glass, dark fruits, currant, forest floor and wet rock aromas begin to surface. Initially, currant flavors are noticed, followed by mineral qualities, and forest floor. The tannins are concentrated in the middle, and slowly begin to smooth out, ending with a nice long finish.
Store for another 5-6 years, this wine will continue to improve with age. As for foods, try TheGrape’s bbq New York steak, or char-smoked baby back ribs. In addition, the roasted chicken with vegetables also plays well with this wine, along with the vegan roasted vegetable pasta.
Wine Region: Walla Walla Valley, Washington
Wine Grapes: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Style: Full-bodied, Rich & Layered
Drinks Like: 2010 Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon ($80), 2012 Stanton Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville ($80)
Food & Wine Pairings: BBQ New York Steak
We hope you enjoyed this Wednesday’s wine review. We’re not only confident you’ll enjoy today’s Grape Certified Gold wine recommendation but we’re excited for you to try the BBQ New York Steak recipe & red wine pairing! If you enjoyed this post don’t forget to like it above and join the discussion by leaving a rating and a comment below. Thanks and we’ll see you next week for another edition of Wine Wednesday and Food & Wine Friday. Cheers!
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‘Save the Wine’, for a later date and enjoy with loved ones and hearty foods. However if you can’t wait, well pop open a bottle tonight or sometime this year! The 2010 àMaurice Owl & Crown Cabernet Sauvignon is a terrific wine to enjoy on a cool or cold night with a warm meal. Rouse your senses with fresh wet forest floor, herbs and black currant with faint traces of spice. Savor flavors of wild blackberry, cherry, currant, and herbs. This is a well-balanced wine with velvety tannins. This Grape Certified Gold wine is one I highly recommend, especially if you’re a collector.