Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Red Wines From The Seeker

The Seeker Wines is a new line of carefully curated wines created for those who love to seek adventure.  The wines are sourced from iconic regions around the globe, and crafted to be authentic, easy-drinking and affordable.
The Seeker line was created by a family company that called on its 65 years of experience to source from the best family owned wineries in the world at an affordable price.
Recently, I was sent samples of their five available varietals. (An un-oaked Chardonnay from California, a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, a French Pinot Noir, a Cabernet Sauvignon discovered in Chile and from the Andes Mountains in Mendoza, Argentina, a Malbec).
Last week, I opened the three red varietals with meals of grilled burgers with the Cabernet,  pork roast with the Malbec and pizza with the Pinot Noir.  Pairings went well and all three were finished later in the evening with cheese and crackers.
I found the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile, a little heavy on chocolate and spice.   The tasting notes suggested ripe black and blue berries and if present they were overwhelmed by the spices and aromas from the five months in oak.  I would have liked to keep this bottle for a few years. It should improve well with a little aging and is a decent wine at a good value($15)
Next evening, with a pork roast, I uncorked the 2010 Malbec, a blend of 85% Malbec, 10% Bonarda and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon from Argentina.  This was the only wine out of the five samples that had a cork closure.  Others were twist off caps.  The Malbec was also the best of reds. Aromas were filled with red raspberries, cherry, plum and black currants. Almost silky smooth in the mouth with lots of cherry and plum leading to a medium to long finish.  This very versatile red would have paired well on any of the three nights. 
The last wine, opened on a Thursday evening with a cheese pizza while watching the NFL on the big screen, was the Pinot Noir from the Auvergne region of France.  Raspberry and cherry aromas with hints cinnamon were light, but very nice.  Nice balance on the palate with flavors of dark cherry, some plum and strawberry and a little earth.  The Malbec may have been the best of the reds, but the Pinot Noir and cheese pizza was to best pairing.
All three of The Seeker red wines are great values at $15.  They are ready to drink now, but would keep the Cabernet for a few years.  Nice wines, nice price.  Recommended.

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