2016 Sullivan Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Happy St. Patrick’s Day from My Red Wine Guys!
We thought we would celebrate this St. Patrick’s Day by trying a wine from a winery that was founded by someone with Irish roots. We chose Napa Valley’s own Sullivan Rutherford Estate founded in 1972 by James O’Neil Sullivan. Although under new family ownership since 2018, the winery continues to build on its legacy of growing and crafting world class Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot wines.
We poured a beautiful dark ruby red 2016 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. This exceptional wine definitely lives up to the Rutherford Region reputation. A big bold extremely well-balanced wine that shouts – that’s right, I’m a Rutherford Cab! A long finish that struts a robust bouquet of cherry, blackberry, light toast with subtle hints of licorice.
Great on its own or paired with the traditional Irish corned beef and cabbage, potatoes and carrots dinner. Definitely on our list of must-visit-wineries the next time we are in Napa.
And as the Irish say – “To all the days here and after, may they be filled with fond memories, happiness and laughter.” Sláinte!
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My red wine guys, Jim and Rich, have been drinking and comparing red wines together for the last 10 years. We drink reds exclusively (except for champagne during New Year’s Eve celebration's or special occasions). In our search to find the best red wine for the buck, we are constantly buying and drinking a variety of reds. Frequently, we see many of our favorite reds increase in price (making them impractical to buy and consume with the dismal economy). This motivates us to try and compare lesser known reds from a variety of wineries. We are constantly telling our friends where to buy and save on these great reds. One weekend over a bottle of red wine (of course), we decided to share our recommendations with the world via a blog (with the support of our wives who really think this is another way for us to drink more red wine). We are going to be making road trips up the coast and sharing our opinions on some great California Reds.
Jim is a retired Navy Senior Chief now working as a Navy Technical Rep. His world travels have given him the opportunity to taste wines on different continents. He finds himself often comparing them to his favorite region – Napa Valley’s Oakville/Rutherford districts that produce some of the world’s best Cabernet Sauvignon's.
Richard is a musician who grew up in Santa Maria with a family rich with red wine tradition. According to the family legends, his grandfather used to make wine out of grapefruit when grapes were not available. He grew up drinking and making wine with his father and other Italian families in the central coast, long before there were grape vines in the area. In fact, the reason his family located to California was to make wine!
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