There are a few bottles in our modest wine collection we like to call steakhouse wine. These are extra-tasty wines with a little bit of backbone that we hope will pair perfectly with a nice steak.
We recently opened a bottle of 2007 Ferrari-Carano Tresor. Sonoma Valley wine fans are generally familiar with Ferrari-Carano and their excellent wines. Their Fume Blanc is on our Great Wines Under $20 list, but they also produce higher-end wines like this one. Tresor means “treasure” and we’d agree it’s a fitting name.
The wine is labeled as a red wine but could also be considered a Cabernet Sauvignon since more than 75% of the wine consists of that varietal. It’s 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, 4% Malbec, 4% Merlot, and 2% Cabernet Franc.
The wine had leather overtones with underlying smells of dark berry on the nose. It was a medium-bodied wine with smooth tannins starting on the front palate and coming on perfectly strong on the finish.
We enjoyed a bottle at Fleming’s Steakhouse, which makes the best steak in town. The wine was a perfect pair and we savored each sip until the very last drop.