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.

To:                   Alleged Blog Readers
From:              WineEsquire
Date:               October 11, 2015
Wine:              La Joya Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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

The Deal of the Year[1]

There I was. Driving home from The Firm on the Friday before Mother’s Day. Since we only just found out we were hosting[2], I needed booze. And lots of it[3]. I stopped at a somewhat unfamiliar liquor store since I had already passed my go-to guy and I knew the other one on my way home didn’t have a great wine selection. I came in with one thing on my mind. Rosé. Perfect for all the mothers, perfect for the hot weather that was expected, and most importantly, I was[4] in a Rosé mood.

IMG_6093I walked in and noticed one of those taster people set up near the entrance. I quickly walked past, avoiding eye contact as I ducked into the first of many wine aisles.[5] I walked up and down the aisles passing everything from the Sparkling Peach Moscato[6] to the nice $44.99 bottles of sparkling Rosé. Nothing was catching my eye[7]. I found myself back near the taster guy and noticed he was pouring what looked like a Rosé. He asked if I wanted a taste and I gave in. Though he was serving it warm, I could tell it was pretty nice. I was ready for the $15.99 price point which wasn’t appealing since I needed a lot. “How much?” I said.

“Well,” he starts, “this winery is actually transitioning from the 2013 vintage to the 2014.”
“Ok, so How much?”
“Two dollars and ninety nine cents?”
“How many bottles do you have?”

And so I walked to my car, proud of the deal I had struck, ready to take on all the mothers the world.

To:                  Alleged Blog Readers
From:              WineEsquire
Date:               May 15, 2015
Wine:              2013 Cono Sur Pinot Noir Rosé Review
I get sweet strawberries with a hint of citrus on the nose. Interestingly, the color on this is more of a pale orange than pink. It’s very pretty.[9] There’s some pretty good legs that come down in arches around the glass. It smells and tastes as if there’s some slight carbonation, a bit of a sparkle, but the wine is actually still.

Definitely what I would call “fruity” with a host of fruity flavors that reveal themselves. Strawberry; lemon; some tart apple. This is a fairly sweet Rosé, but not sickeningly sweet, and nowhere near thick and syrupy. It has a medium body that fills your mouth and tingles your palate. Is this a prized Rosé fit to serve at high tea with the Duchess? Probably not, but it’s crisp and refreshing, IMG_5965perfect for a hot summer day[10].

Wine Dossier
Cono Sur hails from Chile with vineyard properties throughout the country’s ten wine valleys. The Pinot Noir grapes that made this Rosé came from the Bío Bío valley, one of the world´s southernmost winegrowing regions. Cono Sur seems to be a major wine producer with eight different lines of wine, one of them being the Bicicleta, named so for the bicycle, which “has become a symbol that honors [Cono Sur’s] employees and represents their commitment to developing a viticulture both in excellence and with respect for the environment.”

Even if you don’t strike the Deal of the Year, this bottle retails online for $8.99! Cheers to Chilean Rosé, $2.99 wine and bicycles!

Lawyer Footnotes
[1] Well, Deal of the Month at least.
[2] Remember?
[3] Husband’s family likes to drink. So do I. So does Husband.
[4] Still am. #RoséAllDay #RoséSeason
[5] I tend not to engage people trying to sell me something unless I’m really hungry or thirsty. Is that weird? Do you go for the free samples?
[6] Yea, no.
[7] Or appealing to my wallet.
IMG_5957[8] A friendly sales associate actually found an unopened case in the back to satisfy my needs, much to the delight of my fellow freebie taster next to me who had just taken a sip. He only bought two bottles. Amateur.
[9]All Rosés are pretty. I think that’s part of why I like them so much.
[10] Or a Spring Friday night after a long week of seemingly hundreds of Lawyer Extracurriculars (none of which featured wine!)!