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January 30, 2015 Wine Pick of the Week

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Two Rivers Cab S Bottle Picmonkey

2002 Cabernet Sauvignon

 

Two Rivers Winery

Grand Valley (Colorado)

Alcohol: 13.2%

Suggested Retail: $16.50

 

“Our reviewer discovered the wines of Colorado a decade ago.  He enjoyed the 2002 Cabernet from Two Rivers Winery when tasting it as a new wine on its release in 2005.  A recently uncovered bottle from that same vintage proved to be a pleasant surprise.

“Two Rivers is located in Mesa County, near the city of Grand Junction. Its vineyards lie within the Grand Valley appellation, where grapes are grown at very high altitude (averaging about 4700-feet in elevation).  Some of Colorado’s wines are excellent, but most are not widely distributed. About half of Two Rivers’ 14,000 annual case production is sold direct to consumers at the tasting room of the winery and chateau. The balance goes to many of the state’s better restaurants and hotels and to internet customers.

“We found this 13 year old Cabernet Sauvignon showed nicely integrated aspects of plum and cassis. Beyond the plum were blackberry flavors and maybe a little Bing Cherry.  Soft and smooth in the mid-palate, there was an almost glycerol-like richness to the finish.”

Food Affinity:  “Enough structure and acidity left to pair very nicely with food. We’d suggest serving a wine like this with lamb stew incorporating Cipollini

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