Back To Reality

Hello there Alleged Blog Readers! Long time no sip! Sorry about that. Been off on a wee adventure to Scotland and England and I didn’t have my trusty laptop with me.[1] Since coming back from vacation we’ve had a bit of a rocky start[2], but I think this wine is a turning point. You’ll be hearing about our across the pond adventures soon, but for now, I’ve got to tell you about this wine.
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To:                   Alleged Blog Readers
From:              WineEsquire
Date:               November 17, 2015
Wine:              2012 Sterling Vineyards Limited Edition Celebration Red
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IMG_1340A wee bit on the dry side for me, but it’s a deep and rich delight. Dark, heavy fruit, with a hint of leather. Almost meaty. It’s getting a wee bit cold outside here in the States, and it paired excellently with our Italian Wedding Soup[3]. Chewy tannins leaves you feeling slightly dry and wanting more[4]. A lot of complexity for a red blend, and one that’s worth more than just a sip.

Wine Dossier
A California blend of Merlot, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and “other red varietals.” This was one of my Last Bottle deals[5]. My lawyer #winesquad[6] and I bought a case and I ended up with three bottles. Sadly, given how good this wine is, this is nowhere near enough. For $15 a bottle, this was truly an epic deal. It retails for $20 on the Sterling Vineyards website, and even at that price it’s a good deal.

Sterling Vineyards has about 1,200 acres throughout Napa where they grow a variety of grapes. Founded by an English expat in the 1960s, so clearly this was the perfect choice to open upon our return from the Motherland.

Cheers!

Lawyer Footnotes
[1] #airportsecurity
[2] Death in the family and car troubles. That being said, I’m now the proud owner of a $631.12 Toyota water pump.
[3] Courtesy of Price Chopper. Obviously.
[4] Husband kept pouring so that worked out well.
[5] You gotta believe me when I tell you it’s an amazing website. Free shipping if you buy enough (usually 4-6) and the wines are consistently outstanding.
[6]There’s a group of five of us winos. We go in and buy wine together on the regular. Our receptionist sees the wine boxes arrive at the office on a weekly basis. She thinks we’re totally nuts, but she’s discreet. #YOLO #lawyerlife

Wine Favorites

File Nov 01, 6 51 36 PMThere are few wines I buy repeatedly. This is especially true since I started this blog. It’s not that I don’t enjoy great wines worthy of repeat drinking, it’s just that there are so many wines to try. If I were to try one wine per day for the rest of my life, I’d only be able to enjoy approximately 18,250 wines[1]. There are 10,417 wineries in the U.S. alone[2], so clearly it will be impossible for me to try everything out there. So why would I buy the same ones over and over? Seems like a bit of a waste to me.

Well, there are exceptions to every rule[3]. This evening we enjoyed one of those exceptions, the Coppola Claret. We were first introduced to this wine by Italian Red-Headed Friend several years ago and we’ve been buying it ever since. Just one of those wines you can’t get enough of. The beautiful bottle doesn’t hurt either.

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To:                   Alleged Blog Readers
From:              WineEsquire
Date:               November 1, 2015
Wine:              Francis Ford Coppola Claret 2012
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The wine has been opening up in my glass for the last half hour or File Nov 01, 6 33 18 PMso. Berries on the nose and a bit of musty leather. Exceptionally smooth. Really just lovely. Deeply fruity. A beautiful plum color. The tiniest hint of tannins on the finish. One of those wines that’s perfect on its own or with a bit of food. The perfect accompaniment to stinky cheese and black truffle pâté[4] and the homemade sausage, spinach and potato soup we whipped up in the crockpot.

Wine Dossier
Claret[5] is the English word for Bordeaux[6]. Apparently it stems from clarus, the Latin word for bright or clear, and was historically used to refer to red wines that were light in color. Today, it’s used as a term to describe red wine from the Bordeaux region or France, or any wine made in that style.[7]

File Nov 01, 6 32 55 PMThis particular bottle is actually a California blend of principally Cabernet Sauvignon[8] “blended in the classic Bordeaux style.” Turns out that Coppola’s inspiration for his Diamond Collection Claret was a bottle of 1906 Claret discovered in the cellar of the Napa Valley property he bought in 1975. I really hope that in the next property Husband and I buy, we find some epic wine bottles hidden somewhere.

For between $14 and $18 a bottle, depending on your locale, you can’t go wrong. I’d recommend saving yourself a trip to the store and would buy a case for good measure. Winter is coming and you can never have enough wine.

Cheers!

Lawyer Footnotes
[1] Based on the average life expectancy for an American woman, I’ll live until I’m 81. This gives me 50 more years to imbibe. Assuming I have 2.5 children, that’s 22.5 months I won’t be able to try one wine per day, reducing my potential wine consumption by at least 675 bottles. #winoproblems
[2] As of 2014, per the Wine Institute.
[3] The other exception is pretty much any wine from Michael David, specifically the Petite Petit Sirah.
[4] Left over from last weekend’s wine tasting adventure.
[5]Pronounced Claret like Carrot, not clar-ay. Listen here.
[6] They often drink Claret with dinner at Downton Abbey. You can now purchase your own Downton Abbey Claret. It’s on my list.wine carson
[7] Read more history on the origins of Claret from Dr. Vinifera here.
[8] Probably why I love it so much. #CaliforniaCabForTheWin