Red Knot Cabernet Sauvignon (2007)

I purchased this South Australian Red Knot Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 yesterday during a Sam’s Club shopping spree. I was coming home from a football game and had a list of things I needed. Natch, I had to browse the wine isle. Tom wasn’t with me so I was really struggling with a full cart of heavy items plus humongous paper-goods packages (toilet paper and what-not). But I managed to slide some bottles in the crevices of my cart! I actually purchased two of these and I am glad I did.

This is extremely smooth and velvety in the mouth with intense flavors of blackberries and cherries. On the finish is chocolate. The tannins are soft and mild; I enjoy firmer tannins, but this is a nice change of pace.

For dinner, I have cut up two steaks (that I purchased on sale at Krogers) and those chunks are marinating in olive oil and seasoning. I will stir fry the steak with fresh asparagus, tomatoes & green onions freshly picked from my garden. I will serve this over some Barilla penne pasta. I have enough for four, in case our son Tommy and his girlfriend Amanda join us. We think they might so I am prepared.

I just asked Tom what he thought of this wine . . . I am quoting: “I would say that this is a very rich, chocolately, tannic Cabernet.” Oh, Tommy and Amanda have just arrived! Time to sign off. Cheers everyone!

Oakton Lane Petite Sirah (2007)

This California Petite Sirah from the Paso Robles region arrived today in a wine club shipment. I had my meal of grilled pork loin, pototoes and a salad planned. . .however, as the night progressed, we decided it wasn’t a good night to cook. (We both worked hard this week and, hey, it’s Friday.) So, we have just ordered a pizza for our Friday-before-Labor Day weekend! This will be perfect!

Our sons have been home with us and we are having a quiet evening because Tommy is working and Tony went camping tonight.Tony leaves for his job in South Korea on September 14. Tommy starts back with his graduate-school courses on September 3.

The wine was a bit tight and closed when we first opened the wine, but after 15 minutes in the glass, it is now bursting with blackberries and pepper. The tannins are potent. We very much like this wine and it solidifies our appreciation for the petite sirah.

El Portillo Cabernet Sauvignon (2005)

It is a Wednesday evening. On the way home from work tonight, I stopped at Kroger’s in Ann Arbor to buy some groceries (because now that both Tommy and Tony are here for awhile, the food consumption has skyrocketed in our house)! Well, I was just innocently pushing my cart through the isles, getting things like chicken, hamburger, plums, avocados, peppers, etc., when what to my wondering eyes appeared? A table and a grocery cart full of wine with a sign that said “50% off price marked.” What was I to do? Just walk by? Of course not! I started rummaging through the lot and placing wine on top of the chicken, potatoes and other things in my cart. I believe I ended up with 10 bottles that I thought were worthy. . .this Mendoza red was one of them. The price on the label was $10.99, which means I bought it for $5.50. I’ll have nine more wines to tell you about after this one! This is delicious. It has aged three years and it probably at its peak in complexity. The color is deep red with a taste of blackberries. This is a great Argentinian Cabernet and I am glad I found it. (I think I’ll go back and pick up some more before they run out.)

I have a sirloin steak marinating in sze chaun sauce and rice vinegar. I will serve that with a fresh salad for dinner. This Cab will be an excellent accompaniment to our dinner.

Cascade Canyon Merlot (2005)

Cascade Canyon Merlot 2005I am just home from a 7-day business trip in which I had meetings in San Antonio, Austin and Dallas, Texas. The trip was great and I learned a lot, but it is so nice to be home. Tonight, we had a gin & tonic with fresh lime, followed by a glass of this Cascade Canyon Merlot from Washington state. For dinner, we grilled beef kabobs with green and red peppers and red onions along with brown rice and a garden salad. The salad was special because I thinned my lettuce and green onions from my garden and made the salad exclusively from those tender and sweet morsels.

This wine is very fruity. The nose was a bit overpowering at first, but after decanting it mellowed into a fragrant blend of blackberries and blueberries. The taste is heavy with fruit along with a touch of pine. The finish is chocolaty.

It’s nice to be home and to see the spectacular green grass and trees of MIchigan. Texas is so impressive, but MIchigan is home.