Artisan Family of Wines Announces Three New Releases
Even in a Recession, You Needn’t Lower Your “Wine-Drinking Standards
Here are three terrific food-wines for under $20. The style may be different but the commonality is quality. From the flexible Cabernet to the elegant Meritage to the delightful Rose, we loved them all. So will you!
2005 Sly Dog Cellars
The 2005 Sly Dog Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon was meticulously crafted by winemaker Chris Markell. Chris is an advisor to wineries and brings over 30 years of winemaking experience to the Sly Dog team. He’s a global winemaker who has worked and consulted for prestigious wineries in California, France, Australia, and Chile. With his attention to detail and passion for quality and balance, Chris has a gift for selecting the very best grapes. He’s also extremely skillful at delivering the finest expression of a variety’s potential flavor and complexity. His attention to detail and stare-of-the-art winemaking practices are demonstrated in the many layers of flavor and complexity in this special Cabernet Sauvignon.
This 2005 release is the second vintage of this crafted Cabernet Sauvignon from the noted Red Hills District of Lake County. Lake County, once a part of Napa County, produces some great wines from the likes of noted wineries, like the Steeles, Wildhurst, and Langtree. The Red Hills District is noted for its terroir which produces unique and distinct grapes. The red gravely loam soils allow deep root penetration, which help produce small, succulently flavorful berries. Hot summer days and cool nights are perfect climate, contributing to this fruit forward, well-balanced, and flavorful Cabernet.
T.A.: 6.2 g/l
Production: 6,400 cases
This 2005 Sly Dog Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon is deep garnet with aromas of dried raspberry, rose petals, wild cherry, and cassis On the palate, red raspberry dominates followed by flavors of currant and a hint of anise, with subtle vanilla and cracked white pepper on the finish.
Food & Wine Pairing:
This wine is best paired with moderately rich dishes like Grilled Stuffed Portabellas and a rich Chocolate Cabernet Sauvignon Cake. All of these recipes are available here.
Suggested Retail: $14.99
The 2006 Seven Artisan’s Meritage was meticulously crafted by winemaking partner Jeffrey A. Miller. In 2005, Jeff Miller of Napa, California, became a wine grape grower. Along with his wife Beryl, they have a 34-acre vineyard under cultivation in adjacent Suisun Valley. As with many growers before him, it didn’t take very long before the desire to taste the pure expression of what he was growing, and how it would perform as a wine under his watchful eye, took over. By 2006, as a budding winemaker, Jeff Miller and his partner Richard Burnley released their first vintage under the label of 2004 Sly Dog Cellars. Their next wine released was 2007 Red Côte Rosé.