My affection for this wine is duly noted. So let me say it again. This variety from Shinn Estate Vineyards in Mattituck is probably my favorite offering from them.
Don’t get me wrong, I am a duly noted Cabernet Franc fan. But if you want to really know Shinn Estate Vineyards, than this is the wine, in my mind, reminds me of the vineyard in Mattituck.
Year after year, the Wild Boar Doe impresses me and captures me. The 2007 version may be my favorite to date. (The 2008 release I am tasting next week). If I am at a restaurant and this is on the wine list, it has a very good chance of it appearing at our table for dinner.
Shinn Estate Vineyards 2007 Wild Boar Doe ($30), is a play on words, Wild Bordeaux. In order for a wine to carry a Bordeaux name it must come from Bordeaux. It must also contain in any percentage the following varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Year after year the percentage may change, but year after year it brings consistency. This year it is comprised of 40 % merlot, 23 % cabernet sauvignon, 17 % malbec, 15 % petit verdot and 5 % cabernet franc. There is no wild boar and Venison in this wine.
Dark concentrated berries, blackberry, black cherry, and currants fill the glass with hints of plum coca and earth. Notes of baking spice and smoky bacon are there as well. I picked up a subtle hint of tobacco leaf here as well.
The taste brought more of the concentrated fruit with hints of coffee, earth and dried herbs.
The tannins were smooth with well-balanced acidity.
The finish of the wine is what I enjoyed the most, notes of vanilla, cedar – like when you first open a cigar box, more baking spice and a dried cherry note.
Unfortunately, this is now sold out. But I hope like me you have a few in your cellar, I know I did.