When you are introduced to someone for the first time, that initial encounter can generate a very strong first impression. Whether you are meeting them blindly or through someone else, it is ultimately your judgement, your senses, that create that estimation. Spend a little time with your new acquaintance, and you may find your opinion change.
Experiencing a new wine is much like making a new acquaintance. Don’t you agree?
A few months ago, I had the chance to meet one of my husband’s colleagues whose name I had heard mentioned many times in conversation. It’s always wonderful to have the opportunity to put faces to names, and it’s especially nice to get to know acquaintances better in a casual setting. We had him over for dinner; as it turns out, he is a wine enthusiast with excellent taste. And he introduced us to a lovely wine.
He brought a 2006 Malk Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, a wine that was new to me. I certainly recognized the Stags Leap District appellation, and of course, enjoy a good Cab, so needless to say, I was very excited to taste this particular wine. We finally opened it the other evening.
I was not disappointed. As I lifted my glass, my nose was greeted by a gorgeous bouquet of luscious blackberries, the darkest cherries, and even a hint of licorice. The inky wine had a strong but exceedingly beautiful perfume to it, something I did not expect from a Cab. The tannins were present, but not at all overbearing, so for impatient wine lovers like myself, this Cab is definitely drinkable now. I would love to revisit it again in a few years, though. The overall body of the wine was really pleasant, but not what I consider an orthodox Cabernet Sauvignon.
Malk’s Cab is so unique, and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed drinking it without food. However, I would love to enjoy this with a hefty seafood risotto with a generous dusting of Parmegiano Reggiano or a delicate veal cutlet.
What I love about Malk Family Vineyards is their dedication to small production. Right now, they only produce a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Sauvignon Blanc. Only 350 cases of the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon were produced, and I was pleased to learn that they were rated Gold, or in the top 25, of the Top 100 Cabs of the Napa Valley. And, I have to admit, I love their label. In general, I tend to prefer simple labels without too much pizazz — I am especially drawn to the logo inspired by the adorable likeness of their late Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Griffin.
This Cab definitely tells a story, you can taste it. I hope you get to make its acquaintance, too. Spend a little time and get to know one another better.