And The Cooking Is Hearty
With autumn just around the corner, now the perfect time to grab some Summerland Reds! Wait, does that make sense?
Oh, my dear sweet oven, how I’ve missed you these past few months. Please know that it was nothing personal. It’s just that the heat of our relationship over the summer was so intense, I had to stay out of the kitchen for a while. You do understand, don’t you?
But let’s not talk about the past. I’m back, honey, and I’m ready to set the passion of our relationship back to “Broil.” Look, I even brought a Summerland Winery Red Sampler 4 Pack just for the occasion. Summerland is known for its Central Coast Reds portfolio, all blended with a more fruit forward style in mind for excellence in food pairing. I thought maybe we could celebrate by cooking up something a little hearty and hot.
This 2007 Summerland Trio Rhone Blend of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, for example, and its nice, round strawberry, red fruit, and blackberry flavors will go wonderfully with a nice rare beef tenderloin or sharp cheese dish, don’t you think? Or we could start off with the 2007 Summerland French Camp Vineyard Zinfandel Paso Robles, whose racy and balanced brambleberry, pomegranate, and garden raspberry flavors combined with notes of clove, white pepper, and oak on the nose would do well with a big baked pasta dish or roasted meats. Maybe we could even put the meats IN the pasta dish and just go CRAZY!
But wait! Don’t make a decision just yet. After all, there’s still the juicy and smooth 2007 Summerland Paso Robles Grenache. It goes so well with pepperoni and sausages, we could just take it easy and bake up a homemade pizza while enjoying the warmth and spice intertwined with plum, dark cherry, and raspberry. Or, hey, we don’t have to rush into anything if you don’t want. We could just bake a little bread, slice a little cheese, and enjoy each others company with the 2008 Summerland Paso Robles Zinfandel, if smooth and spicy with black raspberry fruit and notes of clove and cinnamon is more your speed. What do you say, oven, darling? Are you ready to heat things up again?
Mmmm. You know I love your silent style, oven. I hope this autumn never ends.
2007 Summerland Trio Rhone Blend (Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre)
- Appellation: 100% Santa Barbara County
- Varietal: 49% Syrah, 21% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre
- Vineyards: 50% Paradise Road Vineyard, 50% Alta Mesa Vineyard
- Harvest Date: Various dates
- Brix at harvest: 24-25 depending on varietal
- Alcohol: 14.2%
- pH: 3.62
- TA: 0.6g/100ml
- Case Production: 240 cases
- Release date: 8/2009
Inspired by the rustic yet expressive wines of Chateauneuf-du-Pape in the Southern Rhone, this three-varietal blend delivers complex flavors with medium body and a silky finish showcasing red fruits and cedar. Layered, full-bodied, round, and incredibly elegant. The charming strawberry character of Grenache complements the red fruit core of Syrah and the blackberry power of Mourvedre to create a delightful harmony of flavors. Nice, round core fruit, full in mid-palate, prominent tannins. Serving suggestion: rare beef tenderloin, barbeque meats and sharp cheeses.
2007 Summerland Paso Robles Grenache
- Appellation: Paso Robles
- Varietal: 100% Grenache
- Vineyards: Paso Robles Appellation
- Harvest Date: 10/2007
- Brix at Harvest: 24.3
- Alcohol: 13.9%
- pH: 3.62
- TA: 5.2g/l
- Case Production: 800
- Release Date: 2/2010
2008 Summerland Paso Robles Zinfandel
- Vintage: 2008
- Varietal: 100% Zinfandel
- Vineyards: 100% Paso Robles
- Alcohol: 14.1%
Rich, ruby color; smooth and spicy with black raspberry fruit and notes of clove and cinnamon; fleshy, rich and velvety with dense flavors and lovely floral notes; drink within the next three years to fully experience the lovely ripe fruit.
2007 Summerland French Camp Vineyard Zinfandel Paso Robles
- Appellation: Edna Valley
- Varietal: Zinfandel
- Vineyards: 100% French Camp Vineyard
- Harvest Date: 9.19.2007
- Brix at Harvest: 24
- Alcohol: 14.2%
- pH: 3.43
- TA: 5.5g/L
- Release Date: 2/2010
An extremely well-balanced and elegantly-styled Zinfandel offering a cornucopia of fruit notes on the palate, including brambleberry, pomegranate and garden raspberry. Racy and balanced with sweet wild raspberry fruit and dense brambly notes; silky, rich and expressive with lovely texture and spice; smooth and showing intense fruit and juicy acidity. Exhibits fine notes of clove, white pepper and oak on the nose. Delicious now and for the next two years. This wine’s overtly dry but fruit-forward character makes it an ideal match for aged cheeses, hearty pastas and red meats roasted with field herbs.
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