I’m making an exception by writing about a Napa Valley wine today instead of the Washington state, Oregon and British Columbia wines that I usually discuss. Yes, my heart remains in the wines of the northwest, but every so often a wine from another region is so awesome that I have to write about it. And since everyone else is writing about Spring Release weekend in the Walla Walla Valley, and we’re stuck on the other side of the state, this seemed like a good day to do it.
We recently had a few special occasions–anniversaries and birthdays–to celebrate, so we opened a bottle of Del Dotto 2004 The David. Del Dotto Vineyards is a family-owned winery in Napa that we had the pleasure to visit in 2007, before they opened their shiny new winery and caves in St. Helena.
We purchased 2004 The David after attending one of their extensive barrel tasting tours in historic caves that were dug in 1885. During the barrel tour, we learned a lot about their wines, including why the locals fondly refer to the winery as “Del Blotto.”
At the time, and after more than a year in our cellar, The David stood out as a rich, robust blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cab Franc. We paired it with steak and prawns — our first barbeque of 2008 — and absolutely adored it.
Did I say “rich?” Make that opulent or even voluptuous! A deep ruby color, The David 2004 was full-bodied with a luxuriously textured finish. It was a wine to savor. And believe me, we did!