This is our first Cabernet Sauvignon from the Sturm Gardner Vineyard in Mariposa County which shows black cherry upfront with creamy leather tobacco notes on the finish with chewy tannins. This will be a Cabernet to enjoy with your favorite meal. The tannins in the almonds really enhance the fruit of this Cabernet!

3 cups whole blanched almonds Olive oil, enough to cover almonds, Sage, Rosemary, Kosher Salt

In a large, heavy bottom sauce pot over low heat, just barely cover 3 cups whole blanched almonds with olive oil. Stir frequently, for about 25 minutes until the bubbles go from small and quick to large and slower and the almonds have taken on a deep golden color.

Add the leaves of 3 bunches each of Sage and Rosemary, and allow to fry about 5 minutes (Caution: oil will bubble rapidly!) Strain from the oil (reserve) and place on absorbent material (brown paper bag, cloth, paper towels). The olive oil can be used for this process up to two times more; keep refrigerated!

Sprinkle liberally with kosher salt and allow to cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

Wine Pairings
2008 Cabernet Sauvignon