2008 CABERNET SAUVIGNON
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Our 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon retains a freshness, with clarity and precision, rich and powerful with an impressively layered and long finish. Black cherry, raspberry, tobacco leaf with a dusting of French oak. Both powerful and graceful when decanted for a minimum of an hour. Serve at 58 degrees.
Appellation: San Benito County
Vineyard: Léal Vineyards Estate
Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Harvest Dates: 16-20 Oct 2008
Barrel Aging: 22 months
Alcohol Level: 14.8%
Release Date: Sept 2012
Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Cabernet Reduction
4-5 pound beef tenderloin (trimmed and cleaned)
4 cups beef stock
1 cup Léal Cabernet Sauvignon
Small bunch of fresh thyme
2 tbsp. unsalted butter
Salt & pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Using butcher's twine, truss the tenderloin in one inch intervals. Tie the knots securely and remove any excess string. Rub the tenderloin with olive oil and season with salt & pepper. Place the tenderloin on a rack, in a roasting pan and put in the oven for 25 minutes. Check the temperature with a meat thermometer. Ideal temperature for medium rare is 120-125 degrees. Remove beef from the oven and tent with foil. Let the meat rest for 10 minutes.
Heat a skillet on medium high, add the corn oil and sear off the trimmed beef tenderloin until it is fully caramelized. Remove the trimmings, strain off the oil and add the bay leaf, thyme and cabernet sauvignon. Reduce to a glaze, slowly add the beef stock in one-cup intervals and continue to reduce until about half. Finish the reduction by adding the butter and season with salt to taste.
Carve tenderloin and serve with celery root purée or mashed potatoes and haricots verts.