Three years ago I reviewed the Argentinian Malbec I'm drinking tonight.
At the time Wine Spectator popped for a well-deserved 90 for the 2003 Terrazas Reserva Malbec and, really, all that's changed in three years is that the wine has gotten less fumey* and more better. That's grade school terminology for patience: laying down the wine pays off in the glass. IOW, keep it around for a while and it just gets better.
The wine remains earthy, intense, and full-bodied with black fruit. It has good depth and balance with enough Syrah-like pepper on the back side to keep it interesting. It's an excellent wine and will be delighted to hang in your cellar for another five to ten years.
Enjoy it now with mesquite grilled New York steak, some good conversation, and a little Stan Getz. Dessert? Optional.
You too will be sorry when it's gone.
The Wine Commonsewer
*fumey refers to the smell of raw alcohol (fumes) on the nose (when one swirls and smells the wine or first tips the glass to sip), as in rubbing alcohol or cheap vodka. Fumey isn't entirely or always unpleasant but it tends to get in the way of the pleasant aroma of red wine. The condition tends to fade with cellar time and/or a little breathing. In this case, the cellar time has been three years and the difference is apparent.
UPDATE 1:01 PDT:
For now cards or flowers may be sent to Bill Kalles:
C/O Harborview Medical Center
325 9th Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98104
Actually, I'm not sure if the ICU staff looks kindly on flowers.
As many of you know Bill is a man of faith and his church is now working out the details for a memorial fund. When that information is forthcoming I will pass it along. I had given some thought to a pay pal account on behalf of Bill but perhaps we'll wait and see how the church fund works out.
In the interest of simple expediency, those of you who prefer to do so, can send him a card and a check at the hospital.
Another thought from an anonymous friend (FOB?):
I was thinking of calling the library in Moses Lake (Washington) and asking them what options they may have for memorials. Jessie loved to read, and she was even writing a children's story herself. Bill has talked about it a lot and often mentioned taking her to the library for books.
Funeral arrangements are still pending, but we may have better information by tomorrow.
The feeling is that if the funeral service takes place next week that Bill may be able to attend.
Bill is touched by all the good wishes, here and elsewhere.
He is still pretty drugged up for the pain (oxycontin). He is lucid but rambling, which I guess is normal. Apparently he is charming the nurses but they also feel that the loss of his daughter has not fully sunk in.
He is anxious to get out of the hospital and get his mind cleared.
Although I believe he is out of immediate danger, I'm not sure exactly how fast that is going to happen. Getting out of the hospital I mean.
No word yet on where to send condolences.