Sunday, August 21, 2005

2002 Jefferson Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

Recently my good friend Chris Terry came over, as decided to break some bread. We started off with a nice bottle of California red, and we were very haappy. As a second bottle, I opened up a botle of Jefferson Vineyards 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon. Chris was somewhat skeptical. But surprise of surprises, the wine fared very nicel in Chris's humble opinion, and that of my own as well.

According to Jefferson Vineyards, the wine "shows classic varietal characteristics: aromas of cherry, cassis, oak and spice, with flavors of ripe blackberry, toasted oak and tobacco." My palate is not sensitive enough to pick up the tobacco, but all these others came through nicely. And for the price, it's an incredible bargin.

The winery website provides the following information: "The story of Jefferson Vineyards, and the modern Virginia wine industry, begins in 1773 with a meeting at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello between Mr. Jefferson and Italian winemaker and industrialist Fillipo Mazzei, who planned to produce wines, oils and silks for sale in the Colonies. The idea intrigued Jefferson, famous for his love of the wines of Bordeaux,and he invested in Mazzei’s company. Jefferson’s influence attracted other investors, including George Washington, George Mason and Lord Dunmore, the Royal Governor of the Virginia."

We can only guess Mssrs. Jefferson and Mazzei, et. al would hae been pleased by today's results. Try some and enjoy!