"Cuvee DD" Sonoma County
Kalin, famous for releasing their wines at full maturity, when UMAMI is at its height. Northern Alexander Valley vineyard (near Healdsburg). Tasted 2/24/2017: Starts out all dried leaves, dried mushrooms and acidity. Takes air to bring out the griottes and fresh cranberry flavors (best to DECANT one hour…truly). Also get light soy sauce, dry aged NY strip, dried rose petals. Must be patient with this.
From Kalin Cellars:
Most wines evoke the taste sensations of sweet, salty, bitter and sour. Kalin Cellars wines are among the VERY, VERY few wines presently available that evoke the FIFTH Taste of Umami. Umami is a newly discovered basic taste that is fundamentally different from the other four. It is variously described as delicious, savory or meaty. It is associated with the taste of perfection - a wine, fruit, cheese, mushroom or ham that is at its peak of flavor maturity and quality. Most wines are either not capable of attaining Umami or are offered for sale long before the fifth flavor of perfection is achieved. Kalin Cellars wines are aged in temperature and humidity controlled underground cellars until they achieve the perfection of Umami. Only after three to ten years of bottle age are these wines released for sale. To learn more about Wine With The Fifth Taste please visit the Umami Wine Page