This week I re-discovered a video of Wayne Gretzky being interviewed by Gary Vaynerchuk circa 2009. Wayne has his own brand of wines and it was kinda hysterical to see him, the laid back guy vs the hyper Gary Vee talking about wine and a lot of hockey. I loved it, especially because Wayne is back working with the Edmonton Oilers and the Oilers crushed the Sharks so they advanced to Round 2. I grew up around Wayne and the Oilers with many Stanley Cup parties to my name;)! It doesn’t matter that I live in Florida now – the Oilers still have my heart.
As a wine drinker I appreciate the episodes on Wine Library TV but not as much as I enjoy a great glass of wine. My good friend and colleague Kym Paxton introduced me to a fabulous 2012 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon. And I thought I’d expand upon this fine wine today!
Tasting Notes from Jordan Winery Beyond the Bottle
This wine has concentrated aromas of Blackberries and Black Cherries with a hint of cedar. The silky palate is long and expansive and boasts a wonderful balance of black fruit and fine tannin structure. Its finish is lively, lingering and laced with a sweetness of fruit. Decant for 60 to 90 minutes to elevate the aromas and flavors.
Varietal Info: 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec
Appellation: Alexander Valley, Sonoma County
Aging: 69% French and 31% American Oak Barrels for 12 months
Food Pairing Suggestions:
It’s a versatile companion at the dinner table and the French oak aging helps complement grilled fare, such as lamb, steak, pork or chicken. Its dark fruit flavors stand up to richer dishes such as veal tenderloin in a wine sauce, mushroom risotto or duck confit. Its medium body can also work with lighter dishes – think spiced ahi tuna, grilled steak salad and charcuterie. NOTE: We were snacking on chicken, pretzels, fruit, veggies and chips. It worked with that as well!