2005 Owen Roe Abbot’s Table

Price: $25.00 @ Adventures In Wine

What They Said:

Per the winery “This is our most popular wine and for good reason. It is such a rich, yet easy drinking red wine that can be paired with the broadest range of foods. The Zinfandel component pairs beautifully with zesty Italian fare. The Bordeaux varieties scream for hearty beef dishes. While the Pinot Noir makes the Abbot’s Table perfect with lamb and game. Of course, the Syrah and Grenache work masterfully with spicy cuisine. Then again, the Abbot’s Table just tastes great by itself.

Abbot’s Table is inspired by what the English call Claret – a rich red blend from Bordeaux. The Anglo / Bordelais wine trade of Claret (Clairet or clear wine) dates back to medieval times when the wine was pale in color from a shorter time on the red skins (ours is definitely not light in color). More than half of the blend of Abbot’s Table is the Bordeaux varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc – it’s the non-traditional Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Grenache, and Syrah that make this wine so drinkable.

Drink now or hold up to five years in your cellar. 34.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 15% Zinfandel, 9% Cabernet Franc, 7% Syrah, 6% Blaufrankish, 4.5% Sangiovese, 3% Pinot Noir, 3% Grenache and 1% Malbe”

What I Think:

I still remember the first time I had this wine. Chez Papa in Potrero Hill. We had some friends in from out of town and were asking the waitress for recommendations and she pulled this one on me. At the time, and to some degree still, I was skeptical of blends, this one perhaps more so because of the sheer variety of grapes. As I didn’t want to have to deal with the fall out of ordering a crappy bottle after turning down the recommendation I ordered it. Boy was I surprised. Shortly after that I found their distributor here in the bay area and grabbed a case. This was for the 2004.

When the 2005 came out I grabbed another case without even trying a bottle first. So when I popped the cork on the first one I must admit that I was slightly disappointed. Was it a good bottle of wine, certainly but where were the nostalgic feelings! As you can see with the build up here I may have been looking a little “too” forward to it. So I am going to give this bottle a rating of “Pricey” even though I have 11 more. Here’s to hoping the next bottle puts a smile on my face! The good news it that I am relatively sure that will be the case.

Rating: Pricey

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