The Story of Memorable Wines
You just never know what’s going to impress.
Saturday we had a nice little dinner party here. No reason for it other than just to get together good friends. Of course, wine was involved. No one broke out any big guns that night. But, we did sample some very interesting wines that demonstrated something that is all too often the case:
An evening’s wines that are the most memorable often have an interesting story to tell.
Wine #1: Pinot Noir, 2000, New Zealand (Producer Unknown)
Yes, producer unknown…or at least forgotten. The label was in tatters, though I recall that in the candlelight someone still was able to make a guess at it. However, the name escapes me. Nevertheless, what I do remember about this wine was that it cost $1.99. And it was marvelous. Marvelous not because it was drinkable or even acceptable. But, marvelous because its aromas, flavor and texture was all so harmonious. But that’s not the story, is it. The $1.99 is the story. It came from a bargain bin at a local fine wine shop here in Sonoma. How it got to be listed at $1.99 I do not know, other than, of course, it was not selling at whatever its original price. I love finding wines that go so far beyond "bargain" they have no other descriptor for them
Wine #2: 1966 Rocha’s Port
K&L Wine Merchants tells the story like this. "The
most famous Port you’ve never heard of. Ridge Vineyards was looking for barrels (very scarce back then). The
only way to get them was to import them – full of Port! The wine has
held up extremely well, and is a true collector item."
Yes, THAT Ridge Vineyards. All of us thought this wine delightful. Yet, we all agreed it had seen better days and might have been better in 1996 rather than 2006. Yet, at the end of the night the bottle was emptied between 9 of us.
I think it it must be true that the most memorable wines we’ll ever taste are those that have a good story to go with them; a story that sparks our intellect and our memory.