First things first…
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY
to our awesome dads!
(sorry it’s a little late…)
And now onto the wine drinking! This week, James and I chose a winery that is very special to not only us, but also Phil & Amy: Rombauer.
Backstory…for our honeymoon, James really wanted to do something completely relaxing and tropical…sandy beaches, tropical drinks and tons of sun. I, on the other hand, really wanted to go to Napa Valley and drink wine for 7 entire days…perfect California weather, endless wine tastings and amazing fine dining. James won that battle as he’s already been to Napa…so since we went tropical, James promised he’d take me to Napa Valley for our one year anniversary…and boy, did he deliver! I’m gonna go ahead and tell everyone…if you plan on going to Napa Valley, definitely go with a chef! Those wineries LOVE when chefs come to taste! As a result of James having an exclusive Rombauer Wine Dinner at the country club he was working at, the National Sales Manager was acting Somelier. After the dinner, he invited James and a few guests to spend some time in Napa at the Rombauer guest house. Needless to say, we took him up on the gracious offer and Phil and Amy came with us! So, we flew to San Francisco (spent a night there…which wasn’t long enough!), packed up the next morning and drove over the Golden Gate Bridge to Napa Valley.
Once we got into Napa Valley…we oooh’d and ahhh’d at the beautiful scenery on the way to Romabuer Vineyards. We were lucky enough to have a tour of the winemaking process, caves where they keep the barrels and enjoy a wine tasting.
Color & Appearance: Translucent Crimson
We tried something a little different this week…we did an initial tasting right when we opened the wine, decanted it for about an hour and then tried it with our dinner.
Nose/Aroma: Takes us straight back to California! Initial: Dark-dried cherry, bold and oak barrels. Decanted: A lot smoother and more complex…but still a young tasting wine.
Mouth/Flavors: Initial: Medium-flavored, dry-tartness and very smooth for a Cab. Decanted: Much better, fruity, ripe berry flavor and nice earthiness that’s not offensive. You can definitely tell that it’s a CA red.
Rating: (scale of 1 to 10) Initial: 7 Decanted: 8 ½-9
Impressions: We should have waited a bit longer before opening this one…you can definitely taste the youngness in it by the fragmented flavors. The initial smell was perfect but there just wasn’t tons of flavor. After having it open 2 hours, it was even better.
Food Recommendations: All of your Cabernet favorites: game and red meat, blue cheeses and big pasta dishes.