May 7, 2013 in Main Feed
Even though the first round of the NHL playoffs are in full swing, the first round of the Stanley Cup of Wine has completed. The first round did give us some drama though as the defending SCOW champion NY Rangers (HJ Wiemer Riesling) was defeated and will not be able to claim a two-time champion label. Some early favorites have also been established with the Anaheim Ducks (Duckhorn Merlot) and Boston Bruins (BearBoat Pinot) posting lopsided victories. Only time will tell if these wines are true champion material or if it was a matter of weak opposition in the first round. And now, on to round two!
Reminder of how the Stanley Cup of Wine works
I have already selected the wines to pair with each team, for the first round of voting the teams and wines will align themselves based on the NHL’s Stanley Cup seedings. You will cast your votes for your favorites based on their descriptions provided, not for which NHL team you think will win. Voting will last for 1 week at which point the winners move forward and will be re-seeded for the next round. This will continue each week until we crown our 2nd SCOW champion. Once the champion is crowned, I will purchase 2 bottles of that wine. I will taste one for a future show, and the other will be awarded to 1 lucky entrant (of course this will only be possible if all the laws and such can be properly obeyed. If it is not possible I will work with the winner for something local). You will get one entry per round you submit your email address.
Montreal Canadiens vs NY Islanders
2. Montreal Canadiens - Represented by 2011 Winemaker’s Series Brae Burn Vineyard Viognier - This Viognier shows floral and citrus notes on the nose; while on the palate, concentrated flavours of orange peel, lime and a hint of spice balance a crisp lingering finish.
8. NY Islanders - Represented by St. Barthelemy Cellars Pinot Noir Port Green Island Vineyard - A blend of the 2004 and 2005 vintages and a beautiful clear garnet color, this Port embodies the character for which Pinot Noir is known and loved. A slightly smoky aroma is followed by more intense dried strawberry and peach scents. A pleasing, velvety smooth mouth-feel is rich yet lively. Combined flavors of strawberry and cherry are followed by licorice, spice and honey on the finish.
Brae Burn Viognier (Canadiens) vs St. Barthelemy Pinot Noir (Islanders)
- Brae Burn Viognier (Canadiens) (71%, 5 Votes)
- St. Barthelemy Pinot Noir (Islanders) (29%, 2 Votes)
Total Voters: 7
Washington Capitals vs Boston Bruins
3. Washington Capitals - Represented by Abeja Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 - Medium red. Enticing aromas of currant, cherry, mocha, lavender and sweet oak. Lush, suave and seamless, with mineral and spice notes giving definition to the middle palate and leavening the impression of volume. Finishes uncompromisingly dry, subtle and long, with captivating perfume and perfectly integrated tannins.
4. Boston Bruins - Represented by BearBoat Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2009 - BearBoat Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, made of 100% Pinot Nor grapes, is pale ruby color with moderately intense aromas of strawberry and vanilla notes. It is aged at varied intervals in barrels of tightly grained oak, which leads to layers of complexity and balance.
Abeja Cabernet (Capitals) vs BearBoat Pinot Noir (Bruins)
- Abeja Cabernet (Capitals) (57%, 4 Votes)
- BearBoat Pinot Noir (Bruins) (43%, 3 Votes)
Total Voters: 7
Anaheim Ducks vs Minnesota Wild
2. Anaheim Ducks - Represented by Duckhorn Napa Merlot 2010 - With firm tannins and exceptional length, this is a lovely and age-worthy wine that shows how much Merlot can excel in a cooler growing season. The aromas are rich and inviting with layers of amaretto, sweet spice and cedar. On the palate, lush flavors of plum, blackberry and cherry dominate, with the tannins adding structure and depth.
8. Minnesota Wild - Represented by Northstar Stella Maris 2008 - ”Stella,” as Northstar affectionately refers to this Reserve red blend, is always a fun wine to create and the 2008 vintage is no exception. Layers of smoke, vanilla, spice, raspberry, and cherry flavors on a soft and silky palate make this a very approachable, versatile wine that can be enjoyed with everything from pizza to prime rib. Blend: 46% Merlot, 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Syrah
Duckhorn Merlot (Ducks) vs Northstar Stella Maris (Wild)
- Duckhorn Merlot (Ducks (86%, 6 Votes)
- Northstar Stella Maris (Wild) (14%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 7
St Louis Blues vs San Jose Sharks
4. St. Louis - Represented by 2009 “The Melody” Red Rhône Blend - A classically styled Grenache based Rhône blend featuring Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Counoise, and Petite Sirah as the complementary grapes. Like a well-played violin, the bigger more opulent notes of raspberry and bing cherry are layered with softer notes of sweet vanilla, clove and gentle spice. A light hint of black pepper and Herbs de Provence harmoniously complete the melody.
6. San Jose Sharks - Represented by J. Lohr Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 - The 2010 Seven Oaks is red-purple in color with a bright hue at release. Ripe fruit aromas of black plum, blueberry and cherry are mixed into a bouquet of roasted hazelnut, vanilla and coconut from a year in barrel. Mature and round on the palate, this well-structured vintage has a generous fruit signature and soft finish.
The Melody Rhone blend (Blues) vs J. Lohr 7 Oaks Cab (Sharks)
- The Melody Rhone blend (Blues) (71%, 5 Votes)
- J. Lohr 7 Oaks Cab (Sharks) (29%, 2 Votes)
Total Voters: 7
Submit your name and email address to be entered into the champions wine giveaway. You can make your picks without submitting your name/email. This information is being collected only for contacting the winner of the wine drawing.