Dektown Cellars can be one of the more difficult wineries to locate bottles from in Arizona. Occasionally featured in scattered tasting rooms, they’re best ordered directly from the website or grab them when you run into the winemaker at festivals. 🙂 Or have a friend grab them for you, which is what I did in this case.
Wine: The 2013 Evelyn is a blend of 81% Sangiovese, 18% Barbara, and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon. I am never quite sure what to call these sorts of red blends, since, while it contains Sangiovese, I feel like it doesn’t have nearly enough cab influence to be referred to as a Super Tuscan. So we’ll just call it a “Super Italian” blend! The fruit for this wine all came from Fort Bowie, and was aged for 12 months in neutral French and Hungarian oak. The 2013 Evelyn is named for great grandmother of the winemaker, Kimberly Meyer. The wine is a vibrant, bright garnet red in color.
Nose: Tart cranberries and pomegranate with some notes of sage, marshmallow, vanilla, and strawberry are the predominant notes on the opening. As the wine opens, notes of basil, violets, cherry, and a slight hint of Cavendish pipe tobbaco emerge from the glass.
Palate: Bright cherry and cranberry flavors continue on the palate with slight dark notes of mullberry, intermingling with notes of sage, pecan, and vanilla. There are slight notes of pipe tobacco and earth that emerges when the wine opens up. This wine has low tannins and a medium acidity. The finish of the 2013 Evelyn lasts for 57 seconds, with bright cherry notes predominant.
Pairing: I’d pair this wine with exactly what the label suggests (a big bowl of rich Italian pasta) but you can also go for an Italian herbed chicken if you need a little more protein in your meal. Kimberly suggests sweet potatoes as a vegetarian or vegan pairing.
Impressions: This wine has aged well: I’d drink a bottle now or age for 5 more years. The 2013 Evelyn is a good example of the recent approaches towards the “super-italian” blend.
This wine is your friend cooking you a fantastic family recipe. She’s the most maternal in your group of single friends, and likes cooking for everyone just to be sure that once in a while, you all have a good, healthy meal. She cares for you, because she cares about you and wants to make sure you’re all okay. (I believe this sort of person is known in modern slang as the “fairy squadmother” but I don’t follow much modern linguistic developments.)