One of the most interesting parts of writing about Oregon wines is the sheer variety to choose from. I can drive an hour north and try some perfect Pinot noirs that represent the cool climate they were produced in. I also have the option to drive an hour south from Eugene and try some excellent wines from one of the warmer regions in Oregon. It seems like there is more exploring to do than time to do it!
For this week’s selection, I picked a wine that is from southern Oregon. Del Rio Vineyards is located just a few miles north of the Rogue River, and is a part of the Rogue Valley AVA (American Viticulture Area). Established in 1997, Del Rio Vineyards grows and produces ten different types of grapes ranging from Pinot Gris to Malbec. They are also one of the largest vineyards in Southern Oregon. The warm climate in the Umpqua Valley allows them to grow many bigger red grapes that are a great challenge further up north. The wine I chose to share with you all this week is: the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon.
Now, since the beginning of my love affair with wine I’ve always been drawn to big reds. I love Syrah, Tempranillo, and especially Cabernet Sauvignon. Traditionally, Cabs are big bodied, fruit forward, and tannic. Southern Oregon is producing some wonderful big bodied reds and this wine was a perfect example.
This wine had a traditional cork – which I love. There is something about the sound of the cork popping that is just part of the wine drinking experience. The aroma of this wine was spectacular. It smelled like chocolate and rich herbs like allspice and cloves. I knew right away that this wine had been aged in oak barrels as well. Vanilla and toasted nut flavors really popped in my mouth. Black currant and coca cola were also present. It was a full bodied wine with just the right amount of tannins. Overall, this wine was sultry and smooth.
I knew exactly what to pair with this wine from the moment I bought it. Cabernet Sauvignon goes great with pasta – especially red sauce. So I made a traditional spaghetti sauce and paired it with toasted french bread. It was a phenomenal pairing. Any red sauce will do of course, but it would also go great with Beef Bourguignon.
This bottle was a little under the $20 mark, but it will depend on where you find it. However, if you are looking for a quality Cabernet Sauvignon, then look no further. This one was worth every penny. Save it for a chilly evening sitting next to a warm fire and you are set. Cheers!