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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Beauty Comes with Age

"We want to make wines that age, and we want some of the tannins you get from the seed, as well as flavors from the skins. Not a lot, Just a touch. We don't make wines that are meant to be showy today and fall apart tomorrow. We want built-in structure." ~ Michael McNeill Hanzell Vineyards via Matt Kramer's "Age before Beauty" article in WS. 

Whether we are talking about Barolo in Piemonte or one of Sonoma's very best Chardonnay producers, aging potential in wine, is now a key component I look for in wine today. Typically for me, when evaluating its long term potential; I'm not considering aging a wine for more than 10 years, but at the very least, up to that point. I readily admit, when I first started tasting and drinking wine, the thought of aging a wine to its full potential, was not top of mind, when choosing a wine to bring home. But now that I've been collecting wine for over ten years, having a bit of hindsight, pulling some of the gems out of the cellar, they're simply stunning. Easily making the point, beauty does come with age; but beauty is not the only thing which comes with age, perspective is also a bonus.Perception is not reality, reality is reality. The wine you see above has that potential, in the short term it's more beautiful, than gorgeous.

It's not the uber hot-gurl in the bikini or stunningly short, shorts. No this wine is seducing in a far more subtle, seductive way, one which allures you with it sophisticated charms, bonus, it won't break the bank. Although it's not a cheap date, seeing the price of admission is $35-$40 and like Hanzell [of which I have two of their labels] is one of the curated wines which sit on the store shelves of my store. I've been fond of saying on this blog, I know how to pick winners, when it comes to wine. All of which sounds like bragging, but when it can be backed up by sales at the cash register, and the awesome feedback of satisfied customers who continue to come back for more suggestions, then you know you're onto something. 

But what do I know, I'm just a wine blogger, a curator [if you will] of wine, a wine-steward who works for a 'grocery-store' in La Jolla. When it comes to insanely obscure wine knowledge, you know, the type of information used to trip-up those aspiring to become a sommelier, that's not my forte. Picking and writing about amazing, soulful wines, that will rock your wine world to the core, is where I feel most comfortable. I'll leave the mindless, drivel about commodity wines to those who just can't seem to say 'no' to whatever pops out of the PR sample case. So no, not every wine I taste is a sample, because I see few these days, but I'm not trolling for them either. Why take this tone and tenor here, inside this review, I'm not sure, I guess I just wanted to vent a little via my soapbox.

It's time to talk about the wine, the 'real' star of the show. Hold the phone, amazing soul and substance from thee most amazing Piemonte vintage of recent note. This wine, which I just ordered for my store, is like a majestic equine, power under control. In the glass, a delicate cherry core, the rim hitting a light brick colored note. On the palate, this wine hits a very delicate, but powerful note. Cherry, strawberry, sage and sweet-tar play a gorgeous melody; this wine is firm, yet harmonious. This wine is dry, but the power is there, The tannins are a bit bracing, but time in the decanter will even them out, best yet, give this wine a year or two in the cellar and your patience will be richly rewarded.

Not an audacious bragger, not a cocktail for afternoon drinks. Oh no, selling for under $40, this wine will wow those who consider themselves in the 'know' and for those who don't, it will leave you scratching your head, wondering what all the 'fuss' is about. Love #Barolo like I do, but the price of admission is too steep? I feel ya, I'd grab this one for the cellar, you won't be disappointed. My score for this beauty is 93 points, it's highly recommended. Not a sample, it was paid for by cold hard cash, the old fashion way. 

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1 comment:

Krista L. said...

I still buy a lot of my wines too - and reviews like these remind me of why I do. I hope this one is available in Canada because I'd love to try it. Cheers!

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