2006 Dallas Morning News Wine Competition
April 28, 2006 – Our Inaugural Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve took a bronze medal in the prestigious Dallas Morning News Wine Competition! Our Inaugural Cabernet Sauvignon was up against wines from all over the world and was the ONLY non-vintage cabernet sauvignon to receive a medal in the competition. See the bottom of this page for more information on this wine, the vineyards and food pairings.
The 2006 competition marked the 22nd anniversary of The Dallas Morning News Wine Competition. The first competition was held in March of 1985 with 15 judges to evaluate 570 entries, all from the United States. For the 2006 competition there were 52 judges to evaluate 3,078 entries from 24 states and 16 countries. This makes The Dallas Morning News Wine Competition the 3rd largest U.S. wine competition, and the largest outside the state of California.
To celebrate this joyous event we are having a sale on our Inaugural Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve wine. From now through the month of May, 2006 we will offer 25% off of a case of our Cabernet Reserve. This represents a savings of almost $75 over the equivalent single bottle price.
This Cabernet Sauvignon is already our top selling wine. We bottled only 4,000 bottles of this award winning wine and we have sold over 1,300 bottles to-date in only our first five months of operation. This wine is selling quickly so be sure to grab your case soon.
This wine is made from grapes from two different vineyards. Forty percent of the grapes are from the Texas high plains region around Lubbock Texas where arguably the best cabernet sauvignon grapes are grown in Texas. Sixty percent of the grapes are from California’s Woodbridge vineyard in the Lodi appellation, one of California’s oldest winemaking areas.
Lodi lies in the northern San Joaquin Valley, near the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. The nearby Mokelumne and Cosumnes Rivers deposit rich minerals and deep, sandy loam soils on the valley floor. Warm, sunny days and cool night breezes off the Sacramento Delta create the perfect conditions for growing wine grapes of ripe fruit flavor balanced by natural acidity. In fact, more wine grapes come from California’s Central Valley than from Napa and Sonoma Valleys combined.
The combination of the spicy Texas cabernet sauvignon and the rich California cabernet creates a wine with the traditional Texas aroma and spice, yet more complex and robust than most Texas cabernets. The French oak aging adds another level of structure and depth to the wine. The finished wine has cherry and currant notes with a slight smoke taste and a clean, smooth finish.
Aromas and flavors of spice, cherries, currant are integrated with subtle oak. The flavor is reminiscent of syrah and zinfandel with its spice. I love this wine by itself or with aged hard cheeses and apple slices.
Enjoy this wine now while the fruit is prevalent or age it a couple of years to get a greater bouquet and less fruit.
Although it is great on its own this Cabernet is great with everything from game birds, red meats, flavorful and heartier (red) pastas, lamb, strong-flavored cheese, and chocolates (especially dark) all pair perfectly. Cabernet is a great wine with cheeses. Try aged hard cheeses or aged mellow cheeses such as Parmigiano and gouda.