Aug 27, 2014

Monterey Cabernet... Joullian Vineyards

Monterey County grows over 50 different varietals of grapes and yet it seems that most of them go unnoticed or at least uncelebrated as premium wines. While a number of people tend to think of Monterey wine tasting as one long procession of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and while that is a large portion of what is made and poured, it is far from all that can be savoured.
Now while we do really enjoy the wonderful Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that is made and poured in Monterey we also like Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Sangiovese and Malbec as well as many other wines.With this being Cabernet month ( #Cabernet day is August 28th) we turned our attention to Monterey Cabernet and dinner time.
When thinking of Cabernet most peoples thoughts go immediately to Napa Valley or Paso Robles, but you may be surprised to find some equally good reasonably priced Cabernet and Cabernet blends right in Monterey County.

With Cabernet Day just around the corner we at WineWalkabout decided that we would sample (read drink) some of the best Cabernet Sauvignon poured in the local tasting rooms and let you know about what we chose to drink with our meals and that most importantly we really liked.

The food; Spicy BBQ pork chops

The wine; Joullian Vineyards 25th Harvest 2010 JOULLIAN CABERNET SAUVIGNON • Carmel Valley Estate made up of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc combine in this lovely drop. !00% from their Estate Vineyards in Carmel Valley and spending twenty months in 20% new and twice used Center of France oak barrels. Bottled unfined/unfiltered and a surprisingly low 13.0% alcohol content.

This wine is quite a dark purple / garnet color with a brilliant cherry rim. With an enticing nose of anise, black cherry, Black current coffee and cola notes. It is a bit tight but a lovely black fruit hits the palate on first taste and expands to include dark cherry, plum, blackberry and sweet anise flavors that finish with nice acidity, fine to medium tannins provide a medium long finish. This Cabernet will stand the test of time we think due to its acidity and elegance. The winemaker reckons it will cellar thru 2025. With a rating of *** and a 7 we are not going to wait as this is drinking nicely now and we are always looking to the next release with excitement.

The wine’s balance and acidity will be a great match for steaks, rack of lamb, pork loin or chops, prime rib, turkey legs, and rotisserie or BBQ chicken.

Go on and head on over to Carmel Valley and get yourself a tastes of the Joullian Vineyards wines and tell em we sent you!

Happy Wine Adventures,

Kiwi & Koala

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