Jaffe Estate Transformation and Metamorphosis

Jaffe Estate 2007 Metamorphosis and 2008 Transformation
Jaffe Estate 2007 Metamorphosis and 2008 Transformation

Recently I wrote about Jaffe Estate and participated in the fourth annual #CabernetDay with the 2007 Metamorphosis, Jaffe Estate’s Cabernet Sauvignon. I posted a review of the Metamorphosis as part of a fun, collaborative, he said, she said post with one of my favorite up-and-coming wine bloggers, Uncorked Remarks, so get over there and check it out!

2008 Jaffe Estate Transformation paired with sirloin medallions
2008 Jaffe Estate Transformation paired with sirloin medallions

Last night, I decided to cook, which is rare for me since I am rather inept in the kitchen. I made a pasta side dish and sirloin medallions. I decided to pair the 2008 Jaffe Estate Transformation with my meal. It’s a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 100% St. Helena Appellation, 100% Napa Valley, 100% Estate Grown fruit. Like its sister wine, I found it to have benefitted greatly from being in the bottle for a few years. Unlike many Napa reds I have tasted, it’s not a huge fruit bomb, but rather soft and feminine, with aromas and flavors of dark and red berries and a hint of chocolate. On the palate, it’s supple and velvety, with a long, delicious finish. Quite frankly, I couldn’t put it down, so I enjoyed a couple of glasses and imagined myself in St. Helena gazing at the starry night from Jaffe Estate’s adjacent observatory.

2007 Jaffe Estate Metamorphosis
2007 Jaffe Estate Metamorphosis

Both wines were samples graciously provided by the winery. To secure your bottles of Transformation and Metamorphosis, visit the Jaffe Estate website, where they are still offering a three-pack special of the 2007 Metamorphosis, 2008 Transformation, and 2009 Transformation.

Here’s to captivating wines paired with heavenly skies!
Beth

Jaffe Estate

Jaffe Estate marries the agricultural and the celestial, the earth and the sky, to create transcendent wines.
(http://www.jaffeestate.com/story)

Jaffe Estate 2007 Metamorphosis and 2008 Transformation
Jaffe Estate 2007 Metamorphosis and 2008 Transformation

Jaffe Estate is located in the St. Helena district of Napa Valley, sharing a boundary with the Rutherford Bench. Its location in the alluvial fan and its Bale Loam soil are ideal for the production of Bordeaux-style grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

The Jaffe Estate team is led by owners Gary and Pam Jaffe, winemaker David DeSante, and vineyard manager Michael Neal. DeSante’s story is reminiscent of other winemakers’ stories I have featured on my blog, such as Cynthia Cosco, Tammi Ramsey, David Jeffrey, and Mike Anderson, who left other careers or pursuits to follow their passion of making wine. DeSante left medical school in Virginia to pursue winemaking in California and now produces wine for Jaffe Estate, his own label, and other boutique Napa brands.

On Thursday, August 29, 2013, the virtual wine community will be celebrating Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet blends around the world during the fourth annual #CabernetDay. I have participated in #CabernetDay since its inception with wonderful wines from Caymus Vineyards, Meander Wines, and Trentadue Winery, I am honored that one of the wines I will be tasting this year is the Jaffe Estate 2007 Metamorphosis (Cabernet Sauvignon), a sample graciously provided by the winery. I’ve been told that wine is tasting beautifully now and am thrilled to share it with you in two weeks.

It’s not too late for you to enjoy this Cabernet Sauvignon and Jaffe Estate’s other releases for #CabernetDay, Labor Day weekend, and beyond. For a limited time, Jaffe Estate is offering a three-pack special: one bottle each of their current releases, the 2007 Metamorphosis (Cabernet Sauvignon), 2008 Transformation (60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot), and 2009 Transformation (55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot) for $147.50 plus shipping, regularly $204.00 plus shipping. It’s an ideal gift for yourself or the red wine lover in your life.

I hope you will join me for #CabernetDay 2013 in two weeks! Cheers!