Sunday, February 19, 2012

Unwind with a Glass of Crimson & Clover, from Concannon Vineyard (Review)

What Mom doesn't like to unwind after a busy day with the kids, with a nice glass of wine?  With two young children under the age of 2, I look forward to the night's the girls go to bed relatively early (10PM or earlier), so that I can sit down and relax with my feet up and sip on great wine.  As you can image, it is hard to find time to shower, never mind go to the liquor store and pick up wine.  And, if I enlist my husband to do this, he ends coming back with wines or hard liquor that I don't enjoy.  So, when I signed for a package the other day, I was happy to find a bottle of 2010 Crimson & Clover, a special red blend and fifth wine and first blend in the Concannon Conservancy portfolio.  Theses Conservancy wines are produced using traditional, time-honored techniques such as small-lot barrel fermentation and oak aging with fruit grown in prized Livermore vineyards, that are protected by the Tri-Valley Conservancy for future generations

Winemaker Notes:
The 2010 Crimson and Clover, Conservancy is a silky blend of Livermore varietals. Aromas of nutmeg, mocha and coconut lead into bright, fruit flavors of blackberry, ripe cherry and plum on the palate. The nutty finish is soft and long with a hint of vanilla. A tribute to the “Father of America’s First Petite Sirah,” Jim Concannon, from his son John, this wine epitomizes the innovative, steadfast spirit of Jim. Bold and lusciously fruity, this complex blend has fantastic depth and ages graciously.

Food Pairing:
Gorgonzola stuffed chicken wrapped in applewood smoked bacon or black pepper-crusted filet mignon.
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My Thoughts:

I am usually a white wine drinker when not pairing it with foods. But, when paired with foods, I like to indulge in red wines when I eat chicken or steak dishes.   So, when I received a sample of Concannon Vineyard's 2010 Crimson & Clover red blend, I made a point to serve this when we had filet mignon the other night.  Because the girls were both under the weather for Valentine's Day and our anniversary, we ended up staying home these past couple of weeks.  My husband was looking for a way to make up for this, and ordered take out from our favorite local bistro, which included bacon wrapped filet mignon and fingerling potatoes and vegetables.  Mmm, I love when we find time to dine out without the girls and have this.  But, it was even nicer to have it at home and enjoy each other company, while not trying to talk over the other diners, like we usually do when eating out. 

We ended up drinking the entire bottle of Crimson & Clover with dinner, as it was so good.  This release had a sweet and spicy character, that was pleasing to the palette.  I loved the combination of berries, paired with a hint of vanilla.  The aromas of nutmeg, coconut and mocha created to the depth of this red blend.  This was the first time I had tasted a wine from Concannon Vineyard, but it definitely will not be the last.  I can't wait to try their Merlot and Petite Sirah releases, which are apart of the Concannon Conservancy Tier.  And, at only $15-$18, these wines are not only tasty, but affordable.  

Hopefully, one day we will be able to visit this vineyard in CA.  But, in the meantime, I will be ordering Concannon wines from their online website.

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Click here to learn more about Concannon Vineyard and their wine offerings, as well as order a few bottles to have delivered to your door.

Disclosure:  I was sent a sample from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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