The Wine:
Jacob's Creek St. Hugo Cabernet 2004


The Affair:
Every week the local supermarket has a special on one cut of beef... well, this week the special was PORTERHOUSE!!!

Before I tell you about my wine affair, lemme take a second to pay homage to this particular cut of steak. Porterhouse is like the split personality of steaks... conjured up for those who normally can't make up their minds between a NY Strip and a Fillet. It literally is two steaks in one. BRILLIANT! While my heart will always belong to the awesomely fatty Ribeye, the Porterhouse is my mistress.

Last night was an affair with my mistress...

Mrs. Whore picked up a couple of these bad boys for my to throw on the grill and I was more than happy to oblige. She always knows that I'm down for a good grilling and it's a great way to help her get some relief from the kitchen!

Now on to the wine...

I've been opening some pretty sweet bottles of wine lately so I didn't want to break the bank again last night... but then again, I needed something strong enough to enjoy with steak. While anxiously digging through the wine "cellar" I yelled out to my wife "What should I open" and of course was offered no help. I countered with "How much should it cost?" and the words "20 dollars!" echoed back.

Ok, $20... hmmm, despite the fact that I knew this particular bottle costs more like $30-$40, I have been waiting for the right moment, or should I say excuse, to crack into it. That's why I tore apart my wine "cellar" to find none other than this one special bottle of Cabernet from Jacob's Creek.

Let me just say that this is easily the BEST Cab I've had from Jacob's Creek. I would even venture to say that it had a lot of the qualities that I look for in a REALLY GOOD Cabernet: beautiful nose, full body, sexy tannins, and a strong finish. Jacob's Creek obviously trying (and succeeding) to prove that they CAN make good wine to meet more budgets as well as higher-end expectations of quality.

I would put this bottle of St. Hugo among my favorites in the less than $100/bottle category of Cabs. Although a lot of California Cabernet tends to be a bit overpriced, this Aussie wine is a great alternative and can be found for only $35. I would even rank this bottle higher than another Australian favorite of mine, Penfolds Bin 389, which sells for about the same price.

What are you waiting for?!

Go get yourself some steak, a bottle of St. Hugo, and tear it up! Unless you're a vegetarian, I'm pretty sure you're gonna enjoy it! I know I did!



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4 comments:

drinknectar said...

Wow, sounds amazing. We don't grill here in the winter time...freeze your man parts off waiting outside...so I go through steak withdraw for a few months (unless we go out).

Oh yeah, the wine sounded good too. Maybe some Jacob's Creek is in my future.

Josh

The Wine Whore said...

I think we don't always realize just how lucky we are down here. It WAS cold, but obviously not cold enough to stop me from grilling! :)

The wine was definitely nice... I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts on it! :)

Cheers!

Dezel said...

That sounds great bro; like Guy says, "winner winner steak and wine dinner!". I will have to reach for the Jacob's Creek on bottle adoption day, and when I do, I see a porterhouse paired w/ it!

Happy Sipping :-)

Dezel

The Wine Whore said...

Thanks Dezel! LOL! I always follow the wise words of Guy.... This one was definitely a winner!

Lemme know how it goes if you give it a shot!

Cheers!

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