11/30/2008 04:00PM, Published by Super Admin, Categories: In Print
There are a handful of foothill wineries that are determined to produce a truly extraordinary Cabernet Sauvignon rivaling those of Napa and Alexander Valley. Cedarville Vineyards located in the Fair Play appellation of El Dorado County is one of those wineries.
The 2005 Cedarville Cabernet Sauvignon is a labor of love for winemakers Jonathan Lachs and Susan Marks. This Cabernet Sauvignon is rich and well constructed. The nose entices with Cabernet spice and lush blackberries. On the palette you’ll notice dark cherries and rhubarb. The fruit is condensed and explosive, but the wine is not a fruit bomb, rather it is complex and layered, finishing off with slight, creamy oak nuances. Lachs says to serve this wine with traditional holiday lamb and beef dishes that have been crusted with rock salt and pepper or a mustard-based marinade, and a potato-cheese dish, like a gratin. It also pairs well with rich cheeses like a Parrano, a cave-aged Gouda or sharp Cheddar.
This wine is available at select restaurants and at the appointment-only tasting room, which is a must-stop-destination the next time you are in Fair Play.
Russell is a freelance writer who hosts monthly Dolce Vino Wine University in Cameron Park.
His blog is foothillwinereview.com.