Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar has introduced its newest private label wine — Forty-Six Diamonds, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley, 2008 — which is available in each of its 64 restaurants across the country.
Marian Jansen op de Haar, Fleming’s National Director of Wine, partnered with famed California winemaker Walter Schug and his son Axel of Schug Winery to bottle this 2008 blend. Walter Schug was the winemaker for Joseph Phelps in 1974 when they introduced Napa’s first officially recognized Bordeaux style blend, the iconic Phelps Insignia.
The grapes for this year’s Forty-Six Diamonds were sourced from four outstanding Sonoma Valley vineyards: Rancho Salina, located in the hills next to the famous Monte Rosso vineyard; Atwood, located in a cool, foggy patch on the valley floor near Kenwood; and Horne and Ricci, both in Carneros. The wine is a big, polished Cabernet-blend with dark cassis, plum, blueberry and black currant fruit flavors, with fine-grained integrated tannins and a long finish.
Fleming’s produced its first private label Forty-Six Diamonds in 2007 and since that time has collaborated annually with premium wineries and winemakers to create a wine that is truly one of a kind.
“Forty-Six Diamonds was a natural progression for Fleming’s ongoing commitment to provide the very best wine experience for our guests,” says Jansen op de Haar. “We enjoy creating memorable times on many different levels, and we’re proud to share this limited-edition private label wine with our guests. Our goal every year is make food friendly, harmonious wines that reveal their origins.”
Other winemakers who have collaborated in the creation of Forty-Six Diamonds in past years include Michael and Rob Mondavi, Jr. of the famed Napa family, Ken Deis of Flora Springs, and Georges and Franck DuBoeuf of Beaujolais. According to Jansen op de Haar, in 2011 Fleming’s will partner next with Salvatore Ferragamo of Il Borro Winery in Tuscany, Italy.
Thomas Arvid, internationally renowned artist and wine aficionado who was commissioned to create the label for this handcrafted boutique wine, also assisted in the blending of Forty-Six Diamonds. Each year, his label design features a diamond shape in homage to the wine’s name. Arvid’s oversized still life paintings of wine and the rituals around it adorn the walls of every Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar across the country.