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April 1, 2022 | Ruby Hill Winery

Sneak Peek: 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon

It is always a special treat to open up a new vintage here in the Ruby Hill Tasting Room. We are excited to welcome our 2018 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, making its debut soon! This exclusive sneak peek includes notes straight from our Winemaker’s desk. 

...A delicious wine that only improves with time to breathe. The nose is very complex with a medley of red and blue fruits layered upon enticing darker base tones. Fruit notes include blackberry and raspberry, joined by floral violet notes, a hint of dried herbs, and cozy chocolate hazelnut aromas. The mouthfeel is very big with just enough acidity to keep the dynamic balanced, and although there are a lot of tannins they are velvety and approachable.  The finish of the wine is long and emphasizes the darker fruits and oak character…
~ Winemaker Jesse Plautz

Recipe: Dark Chocolate Mousse with Red Wine Raspberries
from Whole and Heavenly Oven

Dark chocolate mousse and a luscious red wine raspberry sauce are a match made in heaven in this stunner dessert. Perfect for a romantic dessert or whenever that chocolate craving hits!

  • Dark Chocolate Mousse:
  • 1 (4 oz) dark chocolate bar, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons agave syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped to stiff peaks
  • Red Wine Raspberries:
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh (or frozen) raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons agave syrup
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Powdered sugar and shaved chocolate for serving
  1. To begin, in a double-boiler over medium-high heat, melt chocolate, stirring occasionally until smooth. Remove from heat and whisk in agave and vanilla. Allow to cool slightly.
  2. In a large bowl with a handheld electric mixer, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form.
  3. Very gently fold whipped egg whites and whipped cream into melted chocolate mixture until just combined. Press plastic wrap directly to surface and chill mousse two hours or until set.
  4. For the Red Wine Raspberries, combine red wine, raspberries, agave, and lemon juice in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 10-15 minutes until raspberries are broken down into a thick sauce. Remove from heat and cool.
  5. Serve chocolate mousse in individual serving bowls with raspberry sauce on top and powdered sugar and chocolate shavings. Enjoy!

Sounds delicious to us! The rich tannin of Cabernet Sauvignon is a perfect match for the creamy, bittersweet profile of a Dark Chocolate mousse, so that’s what we’re pining to try! This recipe includes a topping of raspberry sauce, which of course can be crafted with our impending arrival, 2018 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. Drunken strawberries, rich chocolate mousse, and a glass of red wine? That’s an evening to remember!

PS: Fans of our 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, now is your chance! It’s not too late. Get the last bottles of this critically acclaimed and gorgeous vintage before they are tucked away into our Library Collection!


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