You would have seen the devolution of a quasi-professional tasting into little more than a greedy drink-fest.
While the visit to Caesar’s was pretty horrific – in fact, I haven’t returned – the one jewel was the glass of Calera Pinot Noir which was presented to me to make up for all of the Wine Fubars they had committed.
One month later, I finally decided to taste it. Had to let it *age,* you know.
Do you think I’m going to say bad things about a well-made example of my favorite varietal? I think not.
I’ve been fortunate enough to taste a Riesling that was nearly 30 years old, and it was glorious. A deep, rich gold with flavors of honey and octane. Delicious.
Since my years of spring chickenhood are far behind me, I decided to cap the “aging” time frame at about ten years. Seems reasonable.
You know when you taste a wine with someone and it’s so good that you lock eyes with the other person? Well, this is one of those wines.
As I noted earlier, I didn’t need something from the I-Can’t-Believe-I-Spent-That-Much-For-A-Bottle-Of-Wine cooler. So the Hahn Pinot fit the bill perfectly.
The finish was exquisite, lengthy, and sensual, which gave me a “I’ll have what’s she’s having” moment which the men around me immediately noticed.
And then I tasted it. Dammit.
I almost never talk about “budget-friendly” wines. But this bottle caught my eye when I was doing research (yeah, that’s it) for another project I’m working on.
It tasted like cherry soda that had passed by a wine barrel while picking up nuances of Skittles.