The fire’s being going all day but for some pesky reason the house isn’t getting warmer. So it’s cold, mildly damp and too reminiscent of grey days in England. Tonight for dinner I’m making Moroccan Lamb and Date Tagine – great sweet spices poured over fluffy couscous. I need something big, bad bold and beautiful. Hence down to the cellar to pull out a Longboard Redgrav. It might be cold topside but with the tagine and the Longboard at least I can dream I’m somewhere warm.
Oded is a sharp cookie. Israeli by birth surfer by life he got interested in wine as a student, went on to study it, and waves, at UC Davies, harvested grape in Sonoma and Bordeaux and came back to the US and began making wine out of his garage in Healdsburg. Over the years he’s played around with cabernet, merlot, pinot, a few whites and even one or two stickies. The 06 Redgrav, named after some solitary apple tree in his vineyard (Gravenstein Apple), captures all the sun and surf he could muster. There is a definite correlation between the size and weight of a wine bottle and the size and weight of the wine. This is a big bottle – hefty, big punt, dark. The wine is too. Very sweet aromas of crushed strawberry and black pepper – I almost needed to decant it but I didn’t want to wait. Pours very gloppy – thick, unctuous alcohol dribbling down the glass; then comes another rush of aromas and in the mouth a gush of black berries, sweet plums, roast figs – almost a steamed Christmas pudding thing going on, without the treacle. It’s definitely a winter warmer and it soaked up the tagine spices beautifully. Great way to end an evening. I doubt there’s any 06 left but this has reminded me to buy more of whatever vintage is available.
- Producer: Longboard Winery
- Vintage: 2006
- Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
- Country: USA
- Region: California/Alexander Valley
- Production: 245 cases.
- Availability: No. But call if interested in latest release.
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