Sometimes you just run across a wine that you want to marry, or at least keep as a mistress. Sex with wine-don’t pretend, you know you have thought about it. Well this is one of those.
Once you pull the cork you are automatically hit with oh the Garden of pleasure, violets, roses and plumeria, ( I was just in Hawaii). Smell is actually 90% of taste. All of my senses are in overdrive now, and I am already tasting, my mouth is flowing juices like an excited virgin. The immensely dark juice pours into the glass. So intriguing, inviting and yet mysterious.
As I pour the wine into my mouth I am hit with WOW just amazing amounts of fruit. Succulent and supple. The intense concentrated flavors that are packed in here are so hard to define individually. But, man oh man, you definitely get the plum, black cherry, licorice. On the end you will note coffee and chocolate. The pleasures of the body all in one bottle. The rich velvety touch of the juice touches my soul. I feel a euphoria coming over me. The long finish with ever so light tannins envelops me, taking control. I am entranced now, my body is begging for more. And more it shall have. I must go now I am about to have a relationship with my wine.
On a more serious note. The Baxter family continues to provide excellence. Phil Baxter Jr. has followed in his fathers footsteps-providing some of the best wines in Napa. Some old world nuances mixed with new world style. Beautiful.
This is one of the best wines you will ever have. Not much on the market so if you find it buy it.
Happy New Year to everyone, hope you all had as nice a holiday season as me. I pretty much took the period from Thanksgiving to New Years as a little holiday from blogging too. Too much goin on ya know.
In keeping with my resolution to enjoy every day and not wait for that special occasion to enjoy that special wine I now share with you Pina Cabernet D’Adamo. My personal favorite cab., and my thoughts as to what the others strive to be.
Pina winery sits on the Silverado trail just out of Rutherford, who could ask for a better pedigree. The winery is owned and operated by four brothers. The family history in Napa goes back generations. A leading and very well respected family in many different aspects of wine making and vineyard management.
Anna Monticelli is the wine maker. And what a pedigree she carries. Degrees in viticulture and enology, honing her craft in Bordeaux and studying under some of the best known names in wine. She is also married to Mario, the winemaker at Trinchero. Oh to be a fly on the wall when they are enjoying a glass.
Now to the wine. The nose exudes fresh ripe fruit; cherry, strawberry, a touch of leather and earthiness. Just to give it that added something. The wine fills the glass with a color reminiscent of ravens wings flapping in the night.
And oh the joy that permeates my body as I partake of this treasure. My mouth wants to explode, so many flavors going on- how can I define them, will have to take another sip. That rich dark fruit, abundant in this wine. Cherry, currant, hints of ripe blueberry. The flavors erupt in my mouth and send shivers through my body. A hint of oak adds more depth and structure and more flavor. The soft, silky, velvet tannins linger in the mouth just long enough, I absently take another sip. The satisfaction of enjoying perfection. Such depth, such structure, such…perfection. Baccus never had it so good. Thank You Pina.
Look at this gorgeous beauty
Christmas dinner, prime rib and all