Dektown Cellars is one of the many new and up-and-coming wineries in the state of Arizona, and distinguishes themselves not only by fantastic wine, but with some of the most amazing labels on any Arizona wines, anywhere. (If I recall correctly, they have won awards for best labels, incidentally.) These labels speak of the whimsy and quirky characters inherent within the personalities of the people who are part of the Arizona wine industry, which is why I enjoy them so much. Well that, and they are pretty.
Dektown doesn’t currently have a tasting room, but you can find their wines at a few places scattered across the state; the best place to taste their wines currently is at Fire Mountain, in Old Town Cottonwood. You can also find their wines for sale at Lloyd’s Liquors in Prescott, and a few other places scattered throughout Phoenix. You can learn more from their website at http://dektowncellars.com/. Their winemaker and mastermind is Kimberly Meyer.
Today, we will be reviewing the 2013: Fallout blend.
Dektown Cellars 2013 Fallout
The Wine: The Fallout has an interesting story; the original release was in 2012, as the Fallout: Orme Dougas, with a slightly different blend; but the name was changed due to various issues. In essence, this is Dektown Cellar’s flagship blend. (Sidenote: I do feel that the area around the Orme Road/Dougas Road exit on 1-17 would make for a fantastic vineyard region, if a little lower in elevation than most others in the state). The 2013 Fallout is a Super-Tuscan style blend, consisting of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Sangiovese, and 11% Merlot. The wine was aged for 11 months in neutral Hungarian Oak barriques. All of the fruit for this wine came from Fort Bowie Vineyards; specifically what’s known as the Shop Block. The wine is a nice medium-full bodied red; not as full bodied as a Bordeaux blend, on par with an average Super-Tuscan.
Nose: Ripe cherries and blackberries intermingle with rich leather, earth, cinnamon, juniper campfire smoke, creosote, frankincense, portabello mushrooms, monsoon petrichor, charcoal, and (of course) squadron leader pipe tobacco. Subtle hints of gardenia waft through the glass. After decanting, the wine has aromas of cassis and black currant among the cherries and blackberries, and sandalwood.
Palate: This wine is quite spicy; pepper, sage, and cardamon intermingled with rich earth, cassis, cherry, plum, cloves, and a really great Dominican cigar. There is a lovely crisp acidity to this wine, which makes it quite food friendly. The wine also has some fantastic tannins, well intermingled with the fruit, and can definitely be aged for a few more years if you’d like.
Pairings: I feel like this wine would be paired beautifully with a rack of lamb with a balsamic vinaigrette glaze, with a side of saffron rice–or better yet, Persian-style Kabob Koobideh. For a vegetarian pairing, serve this wine with stuffed portabello mushrooms, also with a side of saffron rice and some pasta with red sauce.
Impression: To me, it seems that all Super-Tuscan style blends are gentlemen of some sort who are smoking pipes while sitting in wingback leather chairs; careers and personalities differ from that point. In this particular case, the 2013 Fallout is a former professor of military history, who is now an amateur winemaker. He’s currently reading a translation of Book 14 from Pliny the Elder’s Natural History. It’s a little young, but still very drinkable now, and should age fairly nicely.