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Let’s talk wine…or let the expert do it!

It’s almost the end of our first month of Cabernets for a Cure, and I thought it would be a great time to learn a little bit more about the wine that is part of the program. So, instead of listening to me talk about the highlights of these brands, I decided to go to an expert in wine. Seth Roskind is the General Manager at 4th and Swift in Atlanta. He is a 2012 StarChefs Top Sommelier in Atlanta and has won numerous awards from Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast. Basically, he knows what he’s talking about. Check out his wine and beer of the month at Savory Bits…from the Staff of 4th and Swift.

Founded by two Italian brothers from Tuscany in 1876, Simi winery is one of longest continuously-operating wineries in the US.  In 1890, the brothers completed construction of their own cellars and it is these same stone cellars that are still used for aging their wines. This cabernet opens with enticing aromas of red cherry, blackberry, licorice, toasty oak, fresh herbs and baking spices. The generous palate offers cherry, blackberry fruit, vanilla, a hint of caramel and a dark, roasted finish.

Wild Horse
Following successful vintages of homemade wine, Wild Horse founder Ken Volk convinced his family to back plans for developing a vineyard in 1981. He named the winery Wild Horse as a tribute to the herds of mustangs that once roamed the hills above the vineyards. Practicing sustainability both inside the winery and outside in the vineyards, they have crafted a voluptuously textured Cabernet, featuring cherry pie-filling aromas and flavors, along with other allusions to baking such as clove, nutmeg and pepper.

Clos du Bois
After traveling France’s wine regions, founder Frank Woods returned home inspired to marry the elegant French style of winemaking with the vibrant California fruit. Decades later, they have continued to embrace this artisanal philosophy. This deep purple Cabernet exhibits ripe blackberry, cassis and plum flavors followed nicely with well-integrated roasted oak along with hints of cedar and cigar box. Its sweet, fruity entry is enhanced with a juicy mouthfeel, notes of savory herbs and supple, velvety tannins with concentrated fruit.

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Dreaming Tree Cabernet
You might know Dave Matthews from his day-job as a professional musician, but his passion for winemaking stretches back nearly as far as his love for music. With a winery in Virginia under his belt, Dave’s no amateur, but when he chose to lay down roots for roots in the California wine country, he knew he couldn’t go it alone.  So, Dave hooked up with longtime winemaker Steve Reeder and together they created Dreaming Tree Winery.

This sustainably produced Cabernet displays classic aromas of blackberry, cherry, and dry herb notes while showing off notes of toasted vanilla and soft, mouth-filling tannins. This wine is elegant and supple. It’s an easy-drinker with a lot of character. 

In 1986, Agustin Huneeus, then of Franciscan Estates, acquired the former Paul Mason vineyards and established Estancia Winery in the rugged landscape of Paso Robles, where the extreme temperature swings are greater here than in any other California appellation.  The unique microclimate and infertile soils at the ranches produce prime conditions that are ideal for growing Bordeaux-varietal wines.

This wine displays aromas of intense dark fruit and mocha while opulent, flavors of black cherry and currant dominate the palate.  This well-structured wine Cabernet has rich lingering finish.