Soooooo sorry it’s taken me so long to post!…James and I went on our anniversary trip and after a week of total relaxation, it was quite hard to get back into the swing of things. For the second part of our trip, we drove up to Washington, DC to visit James’ older brother, Charles and his wife, Jordi…who helped us with this weeks salud!
Color & Appearance: Rich/dark red, ruby
Nose/Aroma: Leather, dried plums, pepper, blackberries and smells like Napa!
Mouth/Flavors: Pepper, mineral earthy finish, dry, unripe blackberry, full, lingering and “inky” (per Jordi)
Rating: We were all in agreement that it was a solid 9.
Impressions: This wine was cave aged (Chas & Jordi actually went down and toured the cave!). It was a big hit among all of us and definitely one to keep in the home cellar. I think we opened it at the right time to enjoy it! I’m a huge fan of Napa wines…so I was definitely happy with the familiar smell and awesome taste!
After we finished the Syrah, C&J ventured down to their stock and brought up yet another wine from their honeymoon (and I’ll admit, at this point…I had a few glasses of wine so it’s a bit hard to decipher my handwriting and notes which include lots of quotation marks around random words and chicken scratch…but I’m sure it all made perfect sense at the time! HA!):
Consumer: James, Sara, Charles & Jordi
Name: V. Sattui, Ramazzotti Vineyard Dry Creek Valley
Region: St. Helena, VA
Grape Varietal: Zinfandel
Alcohol content: 15%
Color & Appearance: Claret (which James had to explain to me was a deep, purplish red).
Nose/Aroma: Alcohol is the first thing you smell and it was “burny” according to Jordi (seriously, she comes up with the BEST adjectives!), “smells unappealing” according to Charles.
Mouth/Flavors: Nothing remarkable and nothing bad…it was just kinda there, alcohol, jammy. You could definitely taste that it was past its prime.
Rating: Charles-6, Jordi-5, James-7, Sara-6
Impressions: Charles described it perfectly as “mill of the road” (I told you I had lots of quotation marks). This was definitely pale in comparison to the first wine, the Syrah. We all agreed that we waited too long to drink it and would have been much better opened in 2009 or, at the latest, 2010. Don’t get me wrong, we finished up the entire bottle!
Thank you Chas & Jordi for your awesome hospitality and sharing such special wines with us! We had a blast!