Good Morning Gentle Readers,
Ahhhh, yes, this is definitely what Miles Raymond was talking about.
Dating to 1963, the Hoffman Mountain Ranch (HMR) lays claim to the oldest Pinot Noir plantings on the South Central coast, an area including Paso and Santa Barbara. This particular incarnation of Pinot Noir was crafted by Steve Glosner, who also was responsible for the wine we celebrated the birth of our Number One Son with.
We paired it with mesquite grilled New York strip steaks and it was marvelous. Tossed in (heh) a tossed Boston lettuce salad with walnuts and blue cheese, baked potato sporting freshly harvested chives from the gardens here at the Casa, and sauteed mushrooms. Then, like a carb junkie wishing she could eat the whole meal all over again, TWC was ever so morose when the bottle was empty.
TWC tends to shy away from the numbers racket, but on the TWC scale this wine is a 95-96.
The TWC rating scale loosely works like this:
- 96-100 Perfect
- 93-95 Superb! Wow!
- 91-92 Excellent Wine-Often is Special Occasion Wine
- 88-90 Drinkable Every Day Wine
- 85-87 You Pay Your Money & You Take Your Chances (likely plonk)
- 75-85 Boone's Farm
- 0-75 Thunderbird & Night Train
In essence, I suppose the 100 point scale is really only a 15 point scale.
The Wine Commonsewer
Tip of the glass to to the generosity of the Fairy Godmother of Cresta di Tramonto