We served a simple burger with a special Cab the other night with very good results! The Cab we opened was the 2014 Trilogy Red Wine, sent to me as a complementary sample from Flora Springs Winery in advance of #CabernetDay. As always, the opinions about the wine are entirely my own.
Typically when I splurge on a special bottle of wine I tend to make a meal to match it. If not something super fancy, at least a meal featuring some prime ingredients. So it might be a grilled steak to go with a pricier than usual red, or a long-stirred risotto to go with that Barolo.
But sometimes there’s something to be said for a simple meal to go with a special bottle of wine. That’s the way I decided to roll for this upcoming #CabernetDay. I received a courtesy sample of the Trilogy Red Wine from Flora Springs in advance of #CabernetDay, which is this Thursday,August 31. The Trilogy is the flagship wine from the Napa Valley based Flora Springs, with a suggested retail price of $80.
I don’t open bottles of wine approaching $80 too often, but was getting ready to try the Trilogy during a busy week at home between two summer trips. It wasn’t time to get fancy in the kitchen. Why not grill up some burgers to go with the Trilogy, demonstrating that sometimes you can elevate a simple meal with a special bottle of wine.
So I put some grass fed ground beef burgers on the grill, finished with a slice of cheddar cheese. Beef is a natural partner for Cabernet Sauvignon; and Cab also pairs very well with cheddar cheese. As expected, the simple burger with a special cab was a hit! Now, for more on that wine…
Trilogy Red Wine from Flora Springs
The Trilogy has a dusky nose, with violets and cedar. I get plum fruit, leather and a touch of cinnamon on the palate. I noted the complex layers of flavor, and the pleasant mouthfeel. The official tasting notes mentioned warm cocoa, along with blackberry and black cherry, and I can see that too. I served the wine with a brief 15 minute stop in the fridge to give it a slight chill, a nice touch for serving a red wine on a summer evening.
The Trilogy is a blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Malbec and 6% Petit Verdot, and comes in at 14.2% ABV. Only 5,050 cases were produced, with grapes sourced from Flora’s best Napa vineyards. The wine was aged for 22 months in 85% French oak, 15% American Oak.
From now until August 31, Flora Springs is offering 25% off + shipping on case (12 bottles) purchases and 20% off + shipping on six bottle purchases of the 2014 Trilogy.
You can get more details on the wine and Flora Springs Cabernet Day observance on their website.