There is a new wine love in my life-Vineyard 29 Cru Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 from Napa Valley, CA. At a recent business dinner at Porterhouse in the Time Warner Center I was put in charge of selecting the wine for our large group. I had heard of Vineyard 29 previously so when the sommelier had it on his list of suggestions I knew we had to try this bottle. This glorious red is comprised of my favorite grape varietals: 83% cabernet sauvignon, 6% petit verdot, 4% merlot, 4% cabernet franc, and 3% malbec. When poured it is very deep ruby with an almost purple hue and has a very pronounced aroma of dark fruit. I found the wine to be extremely well balanced with lots of blackberry on the palate leading to subtle spices that I always love in a great red wine. The tannins are very smooth and don’t overwhelm your mouth.
I love to pair Cabernet with my steak and the food at Porterhouse is always excellent. I began with the roasted beet salad with goat cheese and then moved on to the filet mignon with classic bearnaise sauce. Accompanying our steaks were my two favorite side dishes: truffle mashed potatoes and the macaroni and cheese. For dessert I chose the ice cream sundae. Hands down this is the best sundae I have ever had. They bring you a huge bowl of hot fudge sauce on the side along with candied nuts so you can put on the toppings to your liking. Between the amazing wine and the always wonderful food I think I came extremely close to having the perfect meal!
I am looking forward to drinking many more bottles of Vineyard 29 Cru Cabernet Sauvignon and even though it is pricier than the wines I normally buy it is well worth it’s price tag. This wine can be found online for approximately $50.