Debut releases: Jeff Owens, winemaker at Odette Estate Winery, the newest vineyard in the boutique PlumpJack Group, unveiled the label’s first vintages last week at The Capital Grille in Fort Lauderdale — all organically farmed and produced at what will soon be a LEED-gold-certified facility on 45 acres in Napa Valley’s famed Stags Leap District.
The wines: 2012 Odette Estate Cabernet Sauvignon ($98), 2012 Adaptation Cabernet Sauvignon ($46), 2012 Adaptation Petite Sirah ($36), 2011 Adaptation Chardonnay ($28).
The ratings: A 2012 Odette Cabernet Reserve ($300) scored a perfect 100 from noted wine critic Robert Parker, who called it “off-the-charts, mind-blowing.” PlumpJack sales director Sandra Roberts said the winery was the first to score a 100 with an initial release. Parker put the “near-perfect” 2012 Estate Cabernet just behind at 96.
The pairings: The Grille’s signature dry-aged porterhouse would make it worth pouring either of the elegant cabernets (though the limited release Reserve will be very, very hard to find in Florida). Roberts suggested the sirah’s hint of spice would go with the lunch-menu cheeseburger, topped with bacon and sweet onions. Make it the crab-lobster burger for the crisp chardonnay.
Growing green: Odette’s environmentally friendly ethic extends to Owens’ solar-powered office and lab, built from three recycled shipping containers and boasting a “living” or vegetated roof. They’re just some of the features that earned the winery a pending LEED certification. The winery grows clover, mustard and other cover crops, which are used to control pests and then composted to enrich the soil.
Available in South Florida at: Most Capital Grille locations and other fine-dining restaurants and wine shops or odetteestate.com. The 100-point Reserve is scheduled for release in September .