A few friends who live across the street have recently joined us in a tradition of coming over on Wednesday nights for wine, cheese, and our guilty pleasure – ABC’s Nashville. One of them did graduate work in Indiana, and last night brought a bottle of wine from that state. Being a regular consumer of Nebraska wine, I wasn’t as incredulous as I otherwise might have been. After tasting the wine, however, I am a believer in wine from Indiana.
With grapes from Lodi, Oliver Vineyards & Winery produced a fantastic Cabernet Sauvignon. The bouquet smacked of mocha, coffee, and cocoa, all over a delicate dry fruit that rivals many of the Bordeaux I’ve had lately. The body, full yet far from overpowering, was perfectly balanced, with dry cherry, hints of leather, and medium-fine tannins supporting the flavors of the bouquet in admirable and enjoyable fashion.
I have it on good authority from an Indianan…Indian…Indiananan…guy from Indiana, that Oliver is the top producer in the state, and having tasted but one vintage of their Cab Sauv, I can’t help but think he must be right. A gorgeous wine, I will definitely seek out more. 92 points on my scale, and highly recommended.