Let me tell you young people a secret. Once upon a time, your dad used to be cool. Once upon a time, that old Iron Maiden T-shirt that he mows the lawn in was totally bit chin', and probably had a lot to do with you being here today.
Your dad deserves better than another tie this Fathers' Day, and getting him another six-pack of beer this year is about the same level of lameness. You need to kick it up a notch.
Which brings me to mind-blowing secret No. 2: I don't only drink beer.
That's right, I love wine, and I'm advocating it as an upgrade to beer this year for dear old dad (Sorry to hijack your part of this column, Dave). Specifically, Keenan Winery's 2009 cabernet sauvignon Napa valley.
It's not a secret that I'm a huge fan of Robert Keenan's Napa Valley Wines, and I can say safely that were I to have any offspring, I would expect something like the Keenan cab as a gift. Refined, extremely balanced, affordable for special occasions and flat-out better than other Napa valley winery at twice the price, the 2009 Napa cab is a terrific bottle.
A deep violet color, it has aromas of earth, ripe dark fruit, bitter chocolate and herbs. The palate is extremely balanced, with big tannins and alcohol paralleled with a supple mouth feel and acidity. There is a rich complexity of flavor, with blueberry and blackberry on the front, followed by mint and herbal flavors, and a dusty vanilla finish that lasts for days. Check out also for Napa Valley White Wine.
I recommend this cabernet sauvignon Napa valley 2009 with big barbecue meats or steaks, Parmigiano-Reggiano or Gouda cheeses, or simply on its own. If you have many siblings or none, Keenan's cab will ensure your position as "favorite descendant."
Robert Keenan Winery produces nearly 14,000 cases per year. The reputation of the Keenan Merlots was solidified in 1988 when tastings of the Keenan Merlots against the world famous Petrus wines (Merlots) resulted in a virtual draw.