Wine of the Night – Burrowing Owl 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon

We love their wine and we’ve been patiently saving this one. We went back to my hometown of Nelson a couple of years ago and made sure we drove through the Okanagan wine country on the way back. We wheeled into Burrowing Owl Estates Winery and were immediately impressed. It’s a beautiful set-up on a hill right in the middle of the vineyard. Their restaurant, The Sonora Room, is an amazing space with its super-high ceiling and beautiful views. When we were there they were just breaking ground on the Guest House. My good friend, Melodie “The Enabler,” stayed there last fall, loved it, and told me I had to pay a visit. I might just pack up the wife and dog and move there.  Not the Okanagan…  I mean live right at Burrowing Owl, in the restaurant. Great food, unlimited supply of Burrowing Owl wine.

During our visit, we tasted the four wines available and bought all but one. It’s interesting tasting wine that’s actually too young to drink. You have to project your tastebuds to the future and imagine what that wine will become. When you’re swirling it around in your mouth you can tell that all the deliciousness is there and it’s exciting to think of how good it will actually be in a couple of years.

As always, Burrowing Owl came through with this 2005 Cab-Sauv. To try it yourself, pop into your closest Liberty Wine Merchants.

The last thing I must add is the meal that accompanied our Cab-Sauv. It had been calling my name for a year:  Italian Fondue! Please check with your doctor before trying this recipe. I saw Giada De Laurentiis make this on the food channel and talked about it so much that our visiting cousins bought us a super-sweet fondue set. The ingredients to the heart-stopper: Gruyere, Fontina and Pancetta….  yes, I said Pancetta. We made the recipe for just the two of us and had to shut it down about half way through. Absolutely delicious but very rich.  Invite a couple of friends over.

2005 burrowing Owl Cabernet Sauvignon awards:

2007 Grand Harvest Awards
Bronze – 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon

2007 Okanagan Wine Festival
Silver – 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon

2005 Cabernet Sauvignon tasting notes:

Aroma in this wine are an intense, rich expression of varietal primary fruits, including cassis and black berry, interwoven with toasty oak tones, tobacco, cedar and cloves. On the palate, there are soft, luscious tannins with length and balance, and a nice, warm finish. This wine rounds out the reds of 2005 which was an outstanding vintage.


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