Good Morning Gentle Readers,
Last week, TWC was fortunate enough to spend the better part of a quintessential So Cal spring evening at a great party, er, reception welcoming Nobel Prize winner Vernon Smith to his new post at Chapman University. Got to catch up with friends I hadn't seen for a while, including that other French Chick (and her editor hubby).
I'd been to Rodger Cosgrove's waterfront house once before, which dates to Gatsby and is just flat gorgeous, so this time I brought the camera. Without the card. Duh.
The Five Rivers Cab they served is surprisingly well done, yet another decently priced wine from Paso Robles that blows the doors off of some of the better wines from, ah, elsewhere. Like this one, and it's 2005 incarnation, priced at $23.99 US. Five Rivers? Around ten bucks.
Hot Tip: Do not visit the winery website if you've ingested any hallucinogenic substance, suffer epileptic seizures, are dyslexic, prone to flashbacks, detest psychedelic art, or are into your second bottle of wine. To be sure, the site is memorable, but, Jesus Chrysler, it's memorable in the way that the cover art from Days of Future Passed is memorable. [shrugs]
Note to Mom: Put the bar of Ivory away, I did not swear just then.
This all Paso Robles Cab.....(is) deep, dense and rich. This wine emphasizes aromas of hazelnut, currant and black plum, with evident toasty oak from the mélange of French, American and Hungarian oak barrels carefully selected for the fruit.....you'll find a juicy entry featuring a full mouth-feel, with dense, almost plush tannins and flavors of plum and a lingering tobacco finish.
The wine is made, in part, from estate grown organically farmed grapes with additional fruit from Robert Hall and Steinbeck.
There are two simple measures of a good wine. Does the first sip elicit surprise or delight at how tasty the wine is? When the wine is gone, do you feel like she slipped away a little too soon that rainy Sunday morning?
Late in the evening, long after handing Mrs TWC the keys, the bartender found me another bottle. Tried a nice tip, which she absolutely refused, offering nothing more than a broad smile in return.
Bonus: The Moody's Tuesday Afternoon.
Tip of the glass to Melissa, nicely done, thanks.