2008 Sonoma County Cepage: A Beautiful Blend from the Vine

When I heard that the 2012 World Wine Championships awarded our 2008 Cepage a Gold Medal and 91 Points, I just had to break a bottle out of my cellar. Not that I really needed a reason! The judges called it “A bold and zesty table wine,” and after an amazing dinner with my wife and Cepage, I totally agree. I’m so happy with this wine.

Last week Amy and I savored the Cepage with duck confit and a side of slow braised red cabbage with crisp bacon and apples. The nutty flavor of the duck, along with the ridiculously delicious cabbage, enhanced the luscious black fruit and chocolate in the wine. One of the most memorable pairings I’ve had in a long time!  Having said that, this wine will complement a variety of sumptuous dishes – it’s perfect to experiment with.

This beautiful blend is from some of our best vineyards in Sonoma County and is made up of the five Bordeaux varieties – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petite Verdot.

And what a perfect wine for fall! This one is an elegant and dynamic beauty, beginning with blueberry, blackberry and a hint of vanilla on the nose. The palate is complex and rich, with incredible flavors of cassis, dried blackberry, bittersweet chocolate and a touch of soft leather. The finish is mouth-filling and lingers on and on, so you can savor the lovely layers of black fruit and chocolate until you’re ready to embark on that next sip.

If you come up with another mouthwatering pairing for this wine, please share! We’re always looking for new adventures in the Ledson kitchen!

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