A Smoky Cabernet

File Oct 11, 4 45 15 PMWhat a glorious fall day. These are the days that embody what it means to be alive. Not a cloud in the sky; a hint of a fall chill in the air, but warm enough to sit outside and drink wine[1]. This is what it’s all about.

It’s been crazy in Lawyer Land the past few weeks. Lots of clients doing lots of things. Busy busy busy. It’s not that I’m too busy to drink wine[2], it’s just that writing about it seems to get put by the wayside[3]. But for now, I’m glad to take a few minutes to concentrate on the flavors, the sunlight and the rustling fall breeze.

Cheers!
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To:                   Alleged Blog Readers
From:              WineEsquire
Date:               October 11, 2015
Wine:              La Joya Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
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Now maybe it’s just left over from our campfire adventures last night[4], but I’m getting a lot of smoke in this bottle of wine. There’s an oaky smoke on the nose, and it’s even more pronounced when I take a sip. Pure toasted oak. A bit of tannins make you want to chew it; crazy legs swirl around at top speed.

I can’t say I agree with the File Oct 11, 4 42 14 PMproducers tasting notes. They call it a “classically styled Cabernet Sauvignon” with “aromas and flavors of blackberries, cherries and cassis with subtle notes of clove and nutmeg.” This is not your typical big, bold cab; in fact, it’s almost thin. The smoke is really the only flavor I can extract, so I’m missing out on the fruits.

While I don’t think I’m going to rush to buy this one again, it’s a great accompaniment to the meat and cheese nosh on the table.[5]

Wine Dossier
Made from 100% cabernet grapes grown by the Bisquertt family on their vineyards in the Colchagua Valley, an esteemed Chilean wine region. A family winery founded in 1978 by Osvaldo Bisquertt, it is now run by his sons.

Given the intense smokiness, I wasn’t expecting to find that these grapes were stainless steel fermented. According to the producer, after fermentation, only a “portion” of the wine is barrel aged for 8-10 months in French and American oak. Interesting.

Lawyer FootnotesFile Oct 11, 4 08 17 PM
[1] And blog about it. See the foliage in the laptop reflection. God I love Fall!
[2] I don’t think that could ever happen.
[3] Kind of like that trip to the grocery store that’s not happening today.
[4] We finished the Montoya Cabernet I started Friday, moved on to the Josh Legacy
red blend and finished with a round of Onyx Moonshine pear pureé cocktails garnished with a sprig of rosemary. Out. Of. This. World.
[5] Read: dinner.File Oct 11, 4 05 21 PM

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