Reflecting on the 2005 Trutina

Every once in a while we are patient enough to hold onto a wine so that we can drink it after it a bit of time has passed, allowing us to taste how it has transformed in the bottle. Such an opportunity presented itself when I recently came across a bottle of 2005 Dunham Cellars Trutina in our Vinotemp. A little over a year has passed since we opened up our last bottle of the ’05 Trutina.

This wine is still terrific. I pick up oak and vanilla on the nose. Initial sips offer cherries, then transform into pomegranate with oak notes that are noticeable without being overpowering. The wine opens up to fruit leather and a lovely lingering finish. The tannins are still there, yet softening.

The winter weather here called for pairing the wine with comfort food – my Farmstead Macaroni and Cheese made with Appel Farms 2% Quark and Beecher’s Flagship Cheddar.

This Dunham Cellars wine is a Bordeaux Blend from the Columbia Valley.  The 2005 blend is made up of 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot, 13% Syrah, and 5% Cabernet Franc. We purchased this bottle on a visit to the winery in 2008 for $28 and it was worth every penny!