The Valentine’s Day Wine

Valentine’s day is named after one or more early Christian martyrs, Saint Valentine and was established by Pope Gelasius I in 496 AD. it was deleted from the Roman calendar of Saints by Pope Paul VI in 1969. The day first became associated with love in the circles of Geoffrey Chaucer in the high Middle Ages when the tradition of courtly love flourished. {Thank you to Wikipedia} Pretty Cool Fact

I cannot think of a more perfect day to open up a special wine, The Keswick Vineyards 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon.

I have only one bottle of this wine but remember making it very clearly. The vintage will be remembered as one of the best  wine makers ever had the pleasure of working, a beautiful growing season and fruit arriving at the cellar in beautiful condition. This particular wine was made with such little intervention [it just was not necessary to over work the wine]. Native yeast fermentation, natural malo-lactic fermentation, maturation for 10 months in French Oak barrels and bottled un-fined and un-filtered.

It is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot.

The cork is partially saturated [to be expected] and there is a fair amount of sediment. The color is beautiful, dark and inky with hints of red on the edges. I love this nose, lots of dark berries with mocha and espresso undertones. It keeps changing the more I swirl the wine [actually doing this while typing with one finger]. Hints of spice starting to appear with cedar and cigar box. Now the fun part, good entry, very silky and the tannins are definitely not as coarse as I remember, good balance between the oak and the fruit and still a very long finish. For those that are still lucky enough to have this wine, I would suggest this wine will still see 5 years quite easily. Second sip to confirm. Yup, DAMN GOOD WINE [not the most scientific explanation but you get the point].  Shows you the potential of what Virginia is capable of.

For those folks wanting an excuse to open that special bottle of wine, and to share it with someone special, why not tonight. Talking of someone special, a shout out to my beautiful wife Kathy. She is the most amazing person you will ever meet, she inspires me and I am so lucky to have her as my wife.

I love you sweetheart



2 comments on “The Valentine’s Day Wine

  1. […] Stephen Barnard (Keswick Vineyards) tells us about his Valentine’s Day wine […]

  2. Geri says:

    Certainly my favorite to date.

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