On this election day, 2012, we face an uncommon level of uncertainty. For many in the east, basic needs remain unmet. The economy is flat as we approach the holidays, even with promising October numbers in measurable sectors. And there's the troublesome question of who will be our president for the next four years. Will Wednesday bring clarity to the nation, or will the final vote tally be delayed for weeks to come? For red wine drinkers, these times demand an unwavering glass. Nothing more, nothing less. Something sure. A bottle we can count on to bolster spirits. A comfort wine we can pour in celebration. A hopeful glass to temper sorrow and disappointment. Wine that will stand alone, which we can count on in the long winter ahead, no matter the outcomes of national and local elections.
Wine From India As too many options may complicate the field, I've narrowed it to wines from three dependable producers.
Wines Of India Three Wine Company Field Blend - While the 2010 vintage will soon arrive in retail markets, the 2009 is on shelves in Wisconsin. Matt Cline is crafting exceptional old-viney reds from Contra Costa county near San Francisco. Cline cut his winemaking teeth at Cline Vineyards and moved on, with his wife Erin, to establish Trinitas Cellars in 2001. After selling that brand in 2006, he's continued to source and purchase grapes from several old vineyards in Contra Costa and Russian River Valley. While a number of his wines are worth seeking out, Cline's Field Blend is a fine introduction to his style. It's a style of honest fruit -- in balance -- with the added measure of complexity brought by vines nearly 100 years old. The 2009 is laden with compelling old vine Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, and Carignan: Mataro, Alicante, and Black Malvoisie support the lead grapes. The 2010 is a slightly different blend from a cooler year. According to Cline, tasters may notice the higher level of Petite Sirah. Cline says he is a fan of recent cooling vintages and of the ensuing positive effects on grape maturity with less raisining than in hotter years.
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Treana White 2010, with Bucheron Mont Chevre: This 50/50 blend of marsanne and viognier from Monterey County vineyards reeked of honey, tasted toasty, and proved viscous — all qualities that require the soft and smooth foundation provided by this French goat cheese. $20; hopefamilywines.com .
Red Wine In India Falcone Family Vineyards Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay 2011, with Lou Bergier Pichin: Exceedingly pleasant and balanced, this chard walks the tight rope between the richness of oak aging and austerity of stainless steel, playing the straight-man foil to the funk of this raw cow milk cheese with alpine flower-power rennet from Italy. $30; falconefamilyvineyards.com .
Wine From India Mulderbosch Rose of Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, with Cave-Aged Gruyere: More tannic and less fruity than California’s typically Rhone-based roses, the South African wine’s crisp strawberry characters worked well with the French cheese’s salt crystals, aimed to reflect the seafoods commonly paired with this type of rose in the south of France. $12; mulderbosch.co.za .
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? Rosso Fortissimo – big, full-bodied Super Tuscan-style red with solid structure and full fruit notes. French and American oaks contribute a toasty vanilla and perfect balance to this intense wine.
India Vineyard ? Washington Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon – from Sunset Ridge Vineyard, this cabernet combines powerful dark fruit qualities and a chewy full mouth feel. Slight hint of orange peel provides a Grand Marnier-like aroma and flavor; traits that make this cab easily recognizable.
Red Wine In India ? Rattlesnake Vineyard Cabernet-Shiraz – from the Yakima Valley, compares to the great Australian wines, but with its own sophisticated charm. Rush of blackberry, plum, cherry and candied orange fragrance followed by flavors of currant, fig, cedar and spice.
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Kathryn Walt Hall has had a busy life: assistant city attorney, community activist, successful businesswoman and U.S. Ambassador to Austria. She has also had a parallel career as a grape grower and winemaker. Her family, the Walts, had been tending vines in Mendocino since 1972, and Kathryn managed the vineyards from 1982 to 1992.
Vineyards India In recent years, along with her husband Craig Hall, she has been the proprietor of Hall Winery in Napa. The enterprise actually encompasses two separate facilities. Hall St. Helena is housed in a historic building dating to 1885, a structure once known as the Napa Valley Co-op that served as one of the major winemaking facilities in the Valley for nearly a century. This is a high-volume winery that crushes, vinifies and ages the grapes for Hall’s Napa Valley Collection. Hall Rutherford is a dramatic, state of the art facility completed in 2005, dedicated to the production of the winery’s small batch Artisan Collection.
India Vineyard Most consumers get to know Hall through their Napa Valley Collection, which contain blends of fruit from the various Hall vineyards in the region. The entry-level wines are the Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Cabernet. Scents of black cherry and wild plum perfume the nose of the 2008 Merlot ($30). In the mouth, it exhibits excellence ripeness, very good balance, and flavors of spicy black fruits. This is a big wine with a rich and unctuous texture, but one that is kept in line by acidity; the finish is long and satisfying. Drink this with red meats, stews and game dishes.
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