Sunday, December 16, 2012

Get your hands on this Guy, a delicious Napa Valley Cab

All of the wines served at the holiday party I went to last night were selected from Stash, an online wine retailer that offers super-limited releases from small producers around the world. There was a tasty Italian sparkler and many bottles of delicious red wines...

The one wine that really stood out was the 2007 Guy Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($60/bottle).

This Guy has a gorgeous scent; a heady mix of ripe blackberries and gentle notes of licorice and tobacco leaf. Black fruit dominates the palate of this wine and it finishes with a kiss of sweet oak. The firm tannins give this wine a sturdy backbone and a bold attitude, but this Guy isn’t Rico Suave. It’s a little rough around the edges, a little immature if you will (like a lot of guys out there, haha). 

This wine will cellar well for the next 3-5 years and will pair nicely with a filet mignon. But if you can’t keep your hands off this Guy, a plate of ribs would be a killer pairing. Decanting this wine would also help loosen up its tight tannins. 

As you can imagine, the name of this wine provided lots of jokes at the party. A few of the funny comments included:

“I want to spend all night with this Guy.”

This Guy is so good.”

“I love this Guy!”

Only one barrel of this wine was produced; the fruit was sourced from the Godspeed Vineyard on Mt. Veeder and the Neal III Vineyard in St. Helena. Winemaker/owner Guy Riedel is also a movie producer, which includes two of my favorite movies of all time (“Office Space” and “Wedding Crashers”). He has been dabbling in the wine industry since 2005. Buy his wine here and get to know this great Guy!

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