We had a wonderful evening enjoying some A.S. Kiken (literally as* kicking) wines from Reverie Winery at our recent wine dinner.
Starting the evening with the Reverie Roussanne 2010 introduced our guests to a varietal they may not have been familiar with. This Roussanne was fresh, vibrant, aromatic and full of fresh fruit flavors. A great way to wake up the taste buds! The Roussanne grape is indigenous to Southern France and is one of the whites that is used for blending into the Chateauneuf du Papes.
We enjoyed an interesting red named A. S. Kiken nicknamed for the son, Andrew. S. Kiken, having fun translating it to as_ Kicking wine, which it undoubtedly was! Made primarily with Tempranillo, blended with Merlot, Cab, and a couple other varietals, this red was soft, approachable and just delicious. I think they named this wine appropriately. This was a favorite for the group for drinking today without having to wait for some not so tame tannins to tame down.
I must say my favorite of the evening was the Petit Verdot which is used primarily as a blending grape. I thought this had a wonderful texture that finished long with deep dark fruit flavors. It is extremely rare to find a Petit Verdot bottled on its own, but if you see one, I suggest you try it. This paired incredibly well with the Spinach Salad due to the fact it was accompanied with Goat Cheese Croquettes. We also enjoyed a 2008 Cabernet Franc which is also used as a blending varietal, but again, this stood on its own and stood well.
Rounding out the evening, was the 2007 Cabernet and the 2009 Cabernet Special Reserve.
Our guests were thrilled to be able to purchase these wines retail as they are not available from any retailer or restaurant, only from the winery.
Our guests also had the opportunity to join Reverie’s exclusive wine club. All in all, this was a fabulous evening and we were honored that Reverie wanted to showcase their wines with us at The Bernards Inn.
Our special guest for the evening was Guillermo Hernandez who is the Director of Hospitality from Reverie Winery. I hope you’ve already made reservations for our next wine dinner on June 12th with Pio Boffa of Pio Cesare!