Charlie’s Weekly Wine-ings
Sure signs of summer on Cape Cod, other than the perfect weather: increased traffic on the bridges, paying to park at the public beaches, and new guests every day at our Inn seeking that unique experience of a summer escape to our beautiful island. Or, as one of my friends said, another day of living "the dream".
For us wine lovers, another true sign that summer has arrived is when the weekly Wednesday wine tastings move from inside the restaurant to the patio at the Belfry Bistro. At the second of the patio tastings, we had wines presented by Mr. Joseph Carr. No summer series of wine tastings would be complete without Joe's visit. Mr. Carr is a well known and successful Napa Valley winemaker, founding his Joseph Carr Wines in 2005 and later the wildly popular Josh Cellars label, dedicated to his father. Even though he is known worldwide for his Napa wines, he is also a favorite son of Cape Cod as a part time resident of Dennis. We locals and regulars at the tastings eagerly anticipate his informative and entertaining presentations.
At past tastings we have enjoyed all of the afore mentioned wines. This tasting was my first introduction to Carr’s latest venture, Dylan’s Ghost Winey, a collaboration with the renowned Napa winemaker Aaron Pott. We had the tasting of the inaugural release of their joint efforts. The wines are being made in very limited quantities in the Oakville facility from select vineyards in Oakville, Stags Leap District, and the Oak Knoll District.
Next we had two great reds, which I think will be the signature wines from this new winery. We had the 2010 Dylan’s Ghost "Hell Hollow" paired with Chicken Tagine. This cuvee is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Cabernet Franc. Again, limited production with only 400 cases produced.
"The Beast". This single vineyard field blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Syrah was by far the biggest and best of the night and paired very nicely with Tuna Sashimi. With only 500 cases made, it was a great treat.
Although of very limited production, Dave and Kris at Cellar 55 were able to secure some for this tasting and with their contacts maybe able to fill some future orders. It’s worth asking them next time you stop by their shop.
The Wednesday tastings are always fun, but to have Joseph Carr share these great wines made it very special. The next time you visit Cape Cod, stay with us at our Sandwich Bed and Breakfast and make it on a Wednesday to experience a great wine tasting and maybe even meet the likes of Mr. Carr.