Australian Hooky

I may or may not have played hooky today.[1] I know, I know, this is a public blog, and some people at The Firm know about it. But you know what, I’m ok with it. I legitimately woke up with serious pains that rendered me unable to stand, but they went away around 11 a.m. Instead of heading into the office, I spent the rest of the day basking in the glorious sunshine.[2]

I am a firm believer in mental health days. If you don’t take some time to just be, to relax, to smell the roses, you’ll go crazy. Husband and I are always hosting or going to events[3], and we both have very time consuming jobs[4], so time is scarce. Even though part of the day was not so pleasant, it was nice to take it easy and go slow. I’ll be that much more productive tomorrow because I’ve had a chance to decompress.IMG_5607

This was my first bottle of Penfolds. I first heard about them a few months ago when they were featured on the cover of Wine Spectator. Due to its price point, I bought this as a “throw away” wine, you know, a cheapo for when friends are over and you need to serve everybody just one more glass. I ended up opening it tonight on a whim, and I’m very happy with my selection.

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To:                  Alleged Blog Readers
From:             WineEsquire
Date:               April 16, 2015
Wine:              2012 Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet Review
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I get some wood and fruity jam on the nose, maybe it’s blackberry.[5] The first sip had a bit of spiciness to it, yet it’s smooth with very little tannins. The color is a beautiful garnet that swirls to reveal some pretty spindly legs. This wine is not overly complex but it is very drinkable. I was left with a very mellow but spicy and fruity aftertaste. Perfect for a nondescript Thursday night and Season Three of Once Upon a Time on Netflix[6]. This retails near me for about $10.99 but you IMG_5612can get it online for even less. Since this is such a steal, you should go buy some and let me know what you think! I’ll definitely be exploring more of what Penfolds has to offer in the future!

Cheers mate!

Wine Dossier
The Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet is a red blend of 66% shiraz[7] and 34% cabernet[8]. Penfolds has been making wine since 1844 and owns numerous vineyards mostly in and around the area of Adelaide in southern Australia. According to their website, the Koonunga Hill wines are the “introductory level” Penfolds wines, explaining the affordable price point. The bottle tells me I should get notes of “rich dark berry, chocolate and spice characters enhanced by subtle toasty oak nuances.” I make it a point not to read reviews or even the bottle label before I start drinking so that I can come to my own conclusions without influence or bias. Given that, I think I was pretty spot on! Cheers to me and my advancing nose and palette!

Lawyer Footnotes
[1] I still billed several hours’ worth of work; I just did it in jeans.
[2] By basking in the sunshine, I mean responding to emails on my laptop. You don’t ever really get away completely, but I would rather have been outside that at my desk!
[3] Which I thoroughly enjoy approximately eighty seven percent (87%) of the time.
[4] Hello fellow lawyers.
[5] In the spirit of full disclosure, I’m a bit stuffy today; probably the change in season. I am not complaining. Spring is amazing.FullSizeRender6
[6] I know, I’m behind a season. I just finished Season 4 of Walking Dead but now I don’t know how to get Season Five! Help!
[7] There’s the spiciness.
[8] There’s the blackberry jam.