AG Pick: The Sum 2007

While you’re still trying to figure out the significance of the numbers in Lost, pick up a bottle of The Sum.  This red wine from The Seventy Five Wine Company may not help you add up all the mysteries left unanswered in Sunday night’s finale, though it’s an excellent sip as you discuss the numerous theories.

The Sum is a rich and full bodied blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Syrah and 10% Petite Sirah from the Napa Valley.  The grapes were fermented and aged separately, spending at least 14 months in 80% new French oak.  After blending the wine was aged in oak for an additional 3 months.

This red has all the great qualities of a Napa Cab with a surprisingly low price, at just over $20 a bottle.  The Syrah and Petite Sirah flesh out the flavors, adding depth and complexity.

Deep garnet-purple in color, the wine draws you in with aromas of cherries, blackberries, vanilla and spice.  These flavors unfold and develop in the mouth, with layers of sweet ripe berries, plum, cedar and cinnamon.  It’s lush and velvety in texture, with nice acidity and firm tannins that will allow you to enjoy this wine for the next several years.

The Sum pairs nicely with red meat.  Serve this with steak, lamb chops, buffalo and other hearty meat dishes.

This is the inaugural vintage of The Sum; it was created by Tuck Beckstoffer, whose family is well known for grape growing in the region.  Beckstoffer also produces a Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc under the Seventy-Five label.

A bottle of The Sum 2007 costs around $21.

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