"Hope" is the thing with feathers — that perches in the soul — and sings the tune without the words — And never stops — at all ~ Emily Dickinson
It's a brand new year and this is the very first of what I hope will be many reviews of wines I like to drink, wines I like to share, wines I like to tuck away for a few years, wines I bump into along the way and everything else in-between.
To say that last year was a mixed bag is an understatement, I had many highs and a few unexpected tragic lows, but that said [my chin held high] I hope each one you will continue to join me for this journey through vines both domestic and imported. If I had not said so via Twitter or Facebook I'd like to wish each and everyone of you, all the very best this New Year has to offer, please make the most of it in every way cheers!
As you also may know, I've added another voice to the blog his name is AndyMcCallion, I'm excited about what he will bring to the review-table in 2014 and so should you, so as they say please stay tuned. Big thanks to all five readers from last year, now with Andy on board I'm optimistic we [as a team] can double that effort in the coming year as it unfolds.
The Emily Dickinson quote above is the perfect way to start the New Year, full of bright-eyed hope and ambition to make a contribution to my very small corner of the internet. May that hope she describes so eloquently above, perch upon each of your souls in dramatic ways this year.
I've often said in many of my reviews last year, "wow, this is worth the price of admission". Like the many times I've gone to a movie which received plenty of hype, and after viewing it I realized it was nothing but an empty shell. And at other times, seeing an highly anticipated movie I walk from the theatre thinking, "that was worth every penny".
When it came to the wine in today's review [seen pictured above] it in my opinion it's no longer "worth the price of admission". I say no longer, because when I purchased this wine, back in 2007 it was well worth it, in fact I had purchased four bottles for $45 each. But now if you'd like to purchase a bottle of this same vintage, be prepared to shell just a little more than double the 2007 price, ouch.
Personally, I think [IMHO] that's ridiculous and while I think this wine is stellar, a true Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon classic, sadly I won't be purchasing any more at those prices. Their current release  from that same vineyard is selling for $65, not too far from the 2007 price but still a bit steep for my liking, especially seeing I can find similar quality wines elsewhere.
"Tiny Morisoli Vineyard sits at the foot of Mt. St. John on the western edge of the renowned Rutherford Bench, from which many of Napa Valley’s finest Cabernets are born. "
Napa Valley classic from
the famed Morisoli vineyard located the heart of Rutherford
area. My patience was rewarded quite nicely, as this wine is just now hitting its stride. I decanted
for an hour before pairing it with a juicy rib-eye, which was grilled to heaven
sent perfection. This wine, dances and sings hitting every [vibrant dark fruit and dirt] note perfectly, the
finish is long and lasting. This bottle could easily age another 8-10 years.
A muscular wine that was bottled unfined and unfiltered, one which I scored this wine 94 soul-searching points on the tasty scale, a wine of true substance and style. And by all means if you have the kind of coin needed to acquire a true Napa Valley classic, you'd be hard pressed to find a better choice
And yes age truly does matter when it comes to high end juice like this, I'd say waiting 8-10 years for a wine like this to fully mature was definitely its own reward and at the price I paid back then, definitely worth the price of admission. Until next time folks remember life is short, please sip long and prosper cheers!