Sunday, September 14, 2008

Wine Corner Review #32: Becker Vineyards Iconoclast Cabernet Sauvignon

Google the terms iconoclast and iconoclasm and you're likely to receive quite a shock. The term iconoclasm refers to one culture's destruction or desicration of that culture's religious icons, usually during times of political or religious upheaval, and an iconoclast is someone who practices said destruction. Not to worry, I'm sure that venerated Texas winemakers Richard and Bunny Becker are not advocating such practices, rather they are using the term in its more mundane definition: An iconoclast these days simply refers to someone who breaks or disdains established conventions. Any Texan knows that being born in the Lone Star State automatically makes him or her an iconoclast by definition, and quite a few of them will want to quaff the Becker Vineyards Iconoclast Cabernet Sauvignon.

The robe of the Becker Vineyards Iconoclast Cabernet Sauvignon is a careful blend of squid ink and magenta. The nose reveals muted blueberries and a dash of nutmeg. Open your mouth and here come the berries: Blackberries, dewberries and acai berries play tag with Bing and black cherries, finishing nicely with black grape. Grab yourself a juicy Porterhouse for two to grill and you'll be in business. Website is usually, but unfortunately it was down when I tried to visit it recently. (Why must a website choose to be disabled at the very time I'm trying to visit it? How rude!) Destroy some old-fashioned rules today, and remember:



Margie said...

Steak and Cab really is a good thing, isn't it?

Food Czar said...

Indeed it is, Margie. In fact, it's usually referred to as a "classic pairing" because it has become so universally accepted. However, shiraz, zinfandel, and claret will often work just as well with steak, in my opinion.

Classy&Sassy said...

I totally agree, FC. In fact, the whole Iconoclast series from Becker is great wine at a great price.

FoodiePrincess said...

I completely agree. Iconoclast is one of my favorites. It's also wonderful with BBQ, especially brisket.