Tasawik Cellars 2005 Reserve

Tasawik Cellars reserved four of its best barrels from the 2005 harvest to create this Cabernet Sauviginon – Merlot blend.  The final blend also has 2.6% Cab Franc from Alder Ridge Vineyard for added character and complexity.

This Bordeaux-style blend is a deep and dark ruby color. The nose has intense bell green pepper and jalapeno pepper aromas. Initially, this wine smelled and tasted a bit tight. This is a wine that you want to take a few minutes to let open up. I don’t normally decant a 2005, but this Cabernet blend might prove to be an exception to that rule. It did open up nicely about 20 minutes after corking and plenty of aerating in the glass. This caused the flavors to evolve from fresh peppers to fire roasted peppers, allowing more fruit and smoke to come through.  Juicy blackberry and cherry, and then a bit of cocoa and herbs on the palate, lurking amidst the peppers and smoke flavors.

After it opens up, the tannins smooth out to the point where the wine can be enjoyed in the living room  after dinner as we did yet, it has the tannic structure to pair well with a variety of dishes. I was thinking Italian sausage and peppers, stuffed green peppers or maybe a risotto with fire roasted poblanos. Mmmm Gil seemed to enjoy it paired with very dark chocolate while I was content just to sip and relax.

This Bordeaux-style blend Reserve wine was a Gold medal winner at the 2009 Seattle Wine Awards. It is well balanced with 13.7% alcohol, round fruit, solid tannins and pleasing acidity. It is available at the Tasawik Cellars for $35.

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