DuCard Vineyards near Etlan in northern Madison County is celebrating ten years of being open to the public, and 20 as an operating vineyard. An anniversary party was held last Saturday October 3rd at the winery.

As part of the festivities, DuCard has released a pair of red and white commemorative wines titled “Decade One”, both from the very fine 2019 vintage. They are priced at 2010 prices, $20.10/each.

Decade One White is a blend of mostly Chardonnay and Viognier with some Pinot Gris. Delicate but lively, with fresh acidity but a plump mid-palate, this is a balanced, dry, gently fruity and versatile wine for all occasions.

Decade One Red is all Cabernet Franc, in a lighter style than DuCard’s robust classic 2017 varietal which still needs more time. Fresh raspberries on the nose, bright, lively forward and fresh, with a dry clean finish, this is a fun starter red or for matching with rich white meat dishes like pork or turkey. You could chill this a bit for a warm Indian Summer evening; enjoy over the next year.

Wine of the Week: DuCard Triskele 2017 (39% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Franc, 33% Petit Verdot). This blend was aged 14 months in 50% new French oak. This is DuCard’s reserve red, and it still needs a little air and time in the glass to open up. Once open, lovely aromas of black and red fruits, baking spices and garden herbs. Palate–Wow! Dense, lush and smooth but still fresh and lively, typical DuCard freshness, some French oak notes on the finish. Needs 5-7 years, but worth the wait. Otherwise, decant for a half hour and keep tasting until it’s at your desired volume.