Converted from paper version of the Broad Ripple Gazette (v16n07)
The Wine Scene - by Jill A. Ditmire
posted: Mar. 29, 2019
Dust It or Drink It
The only spring cleaning I like to do is that of my wines. I am a wine drinker, not a collector, so during the year I enjoy more than I store. Every now and then I DO set a bottle or two back to "age", hoping that more time will make the wine inside softer, smoother and richer. Not all red wine grapes age well and much of that success depends on where and how they are produced and stored. Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo and Nebbiolo based wines can get less "tannic" or "tight" with time as can some bottles of Syrah, Merlot and Pinot Noir.
Most Vintners release wine within two years of production so when it hits the store shelves it's ready to drink.
image courtesy of Jill A. Ditmire
I appreciate both wine and art. Lucky me to find a bottle that showcases both during my recent spring cleaning spree.
Cenyth is a Sonoma County, California wine venture curated by the daughters of two talented wine makers. Helene Seillan learned to make wine in the vineyards of France under the guidance of her father, Pierre. Julia Jackson's father was the late great Jess Jackson of Kendall-Jackson and Jackson Family Estates. Helene makes the wine. Julia creates the label using swaths of color inspired by the Sonoma county landscape: blue for the Pacific Ocean, yellow for the mustard flowers, gray for the fog and green for the vineyards. (That dribble of red on the label in the photograph is the wine itself from my sloppy pour.)
The 2010 Cenyth is a Bordeaux style blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. It's rich and full bodied with a hint of that distinct Bordeaux "barnyard" on the nose plus inviting aromas and flavors of plum, blueberry, licorice, maraschino cherry and cola.
Limited production makes Cenyth wines pricey and hard to find but a delicious reward for spring cleaning or anytime drinking.
Jill A. Ditmire is an Omnimedia wine specialist, AWS certified wine judge, freelance broadcast journalist and 20+ year home owner in the Warfleigh neighborhood of Broad Ripple. Send your questions and comments to Jill at email@example.com
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