From the moment the 2012 Yardstick Ruth’s Reach Cabernet is poured, seductive scents of blackberry, cassis and currant mixed with a touch of cedar and smooth vanilla oak greet the nose. Once in the mouth, this youthful Cabernet first comes across as an easy to drink, medium-bodied wine that offers up pretty varietal flavors in a silky smooth, supremely balanced format, all of which is true. But not so fast… with a bit of aeration, the 2012 Yardstick Ruth’s Reach begins to take on weight and depth of flavor. Its smooth tannins come forward to frame the wine and its seductive fruit. Consequently, as a first rate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, we suggest drinking the 2012 Yardstick Ruth’s Reach at cool room temperature (60º-64º F) after a half hour or more of aeration. Although charming and downright delicious now, Nick Goldschmidt’s limited release 2012 Ruth’s Reach Cabernet Sauvignon will continue to improve in bottle for several more years. Enjoy!
Given the smooth, charming nature of the 2012 Yardstick Ruth’s Reach Cabernet Sauvignon, it can easily serve as its own accompaniment because its supple tannins lend vitality without harshness. Nonetheless, a few choice morsels will only double the pleasure. Lamb, beef, and duck complement this seductive Cabernet with aplomb. Rack of Lamb or Braised Lamb Shanks, served with lentils; Rotisserie or Spit Roasted Chicken, brushed with butter, olive oil, and Provençal herbs; and Filet Mignon with Portabella mushrooms are just a few of our favorite dishes to accompany Nick Goldschmidt’s juicy, almost huggable Cabernet Sauvignon. And for those subscribing to the philosophy that less is more when it comes to accompaniments, why not consider serving a plate of soft, ripe cheeses with the 2012 Yardstick Ruth’s Reach? Camembert, Fontina, and Saint Aubray are just a few of the many fine cheeses that complement this gracious Cabernet Sauvignon. Enjoy!
A yardstick is of course an instrument of measurement, and Nick Goldschmidt’s 2012 Yardstick Ruth’s Reach Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is indeed a wine by which many other Napa Valley Cabernets will be measured. Yardstick is made by Goldschmidt Vineyards, which produces an elite group of limited release Cabernet Sauvignons from single sites.
New Zealand born and educated, Nick Goldschmidt has traveled the globe, much like Cabernet Sauvignon, the varietal he specializes in producing. A graduate of Roseworthy, Australia’s premier school of enology, Nick has made wine in many countries on several continents. Before launching Goldschmidt Vineyards with his wife Yolyn, Nick worked extensively in Australia and New Zealand before settling in Healdsburg, California in 1990 as Simi's Associate Winemaker. In 1991, Nick was promoted to Chief Winemaker and Vice President of Simi where he spent 13 years as the driving force behind Simi’s renowned Reserve Cabernet program. He presently serves as Vice President and Executive Domestic Winemaker for Beam Estates’ wine portfolio.
Goldschmidt Vineyards focuses on single vineyard offerings from great vineyard sites. Currently Nick and Yolyn produce two very limited, outstanding offerings of Cabernet Sauvignon, one from Alexander Valley and the other from Napa Valley from Ruth’s Reach Vineyard in Oakville (this month’s feature). Both wines are single vineyard, 100% varietal, handcrafted artisan wines.
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