Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Madison Cellars Staff Wine Pick

2010 Envy Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley)

Brought to you by winemakers Nils Venge and Mark Carter, this is a luscious and bright summer wine ready to enjoy tonight! Bursting with aromas of pineapple and tastes of citrus, a glass will pair well with any cheese,  as well as grilled chicken or fish. This wine also compliments pastas, salads and soups very well….or enjoy it on its own! Envy winery is located in the northern end of Napa Valley in the town of Calistoga, where the Pacific air cascades over Diamond Mountain and provides ideal growing climate for the grapes. Mark and Nils frequently travel to Mississippi to pour their wines and are regulars at the Sante South tasting.

Priced at $18, this wine could easily be worth $40 or $50. Stop by Madison Cellars and pick up a cold bottle from our cooler!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Napa Valley Report by Madison Cellars staffer

During our recent study of the Napa Valley winemaking region, we took time to inspect the area of the Valley known as the “Stag’s Leap District” near Yountville. This area produces a lot of Cabernet Sauvignon and is located alongside the Napa river in the southeast corner of the Valley. The soil is rich and blended with volcanic ash from activity from centuries ago. Together with the cool Pacific air, wineries such as Clos Du Val (in picture), Silverado, Pine Ridge and Stag’s Leap are able to produce wines with both rich flavor and great finesse. Stop by Madison Cellars today and take home a bottle!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Should Wine Be Aged?

Kendall Jackson Blog
By Winemaker Matt | April 25th, 2012
I recently took part in a tasting that revisited the 2002 vintage. It’s always exciting to see how wines have changed with age and time, and leads to the question: should you age wines at home? People ask me all the time, “How long should I wait before opening a Kendall-Jackson Cab?” The short answer is that, while the wine is very enjoyable right now, it will drink best in 3-5 years from now — and continue to be wonderful over the next decade or more. When crafting our Cabernet wines, I feel we have to tread a delicate line. The American wine-drinking public is fond of young wines with intense fruit. Few, if any, bottles are laid down for aging. So we want to bottle a wine that is both approachable in its youth, and will soften and evolve without deteriorating too quickly with age. Given the mountain sources, many of our Cabernets can age beautifully over time. The wines require aeration or decanting in their youth to really show the full character of the fruit and the breadth of the palate. The minerality of the Grand Reserve Cab, for example, screams through in the early years, overshadowing the fruit until properly allowed to breathe. With time, that softens and integrates into the wine. The 2005 wines are just starting to open up. In many cases, the reward of waiting to open that special bottle is well worth it. It takes patience and proper storage space, of course. But there’s a way around waiting for so long; I suggest that people buy a case. Why? Because then it is possible to enjoy a bottle or two while they are young and still lay some down to be enjoyed over the next decade. Personally, I’m getting ready to lay down a case of the 2008 Grand Reserve Cabernet right now. Most white wines are meant to be consumed young. Their most interesting quality, their fruit character, fades with age. The exception to this is some Rieslings and dessert wines, which can take on tertiary characters even more interesting than their initial, primary fruit. Whichever you prefer, young wines or wines with some bottle age, there is something for everyone. That is the beauty of the world of wine. Tasting an older vintage is like a trip down memory lane that gives us the opportunity to time travel when we pop the cork. Back to that tasting of the 2002 vintage. The wines were terrific. It was exciting to see how well they were holding up. In hindsight, it is hard to believe these wines are nearly 10 years old. Many still displayed the exuberance of youth, with chewy, dense tannins that will undoubtedly persist boldly in the bottle for many years to come. So lay down a few bottles and, trust me, you’ll enjoy being able to reminisce with family and friends, because after all, sharing wine is the best part. Cheers.