It's bone chilling frigid across much of the US tonight making our chilly evening here at Casa de las Rocas Grandes feel positively balmy by comparison.
TWC is never quite sure that any wine is worth eighty bucks, but the ironclad rule of classical free market economics states that, absent fraud, whenever there is a willing buyer and a willing seller the goods are worth what is paid.
That said, the 2005 Showket Cabernet is a superb wine, well crafted, beautiful, really. A rich mouthful of California Cabernet that we'd all love to become accustomed to drinking on a regular basis. It isn't likely that most of us will become comfortably acquainted with a wine such as this. However, you, Gentle Reader, may add this to the short list of expensive wines that you might consider for a special occasion. You may feel bad for blowing eighty bucks on an extravagance, but I assure you the guilt will not pursue you to the glass. Until the wine is gone that is.
Note to Single Guys: Do not use this wine to impress the chick you met getting off the elevator on the 11th floor last week. That lesson was lost on the McKooze. This wine is meant for the girl who turned you brain molten with a thunderbolt.
On a chilly, breezy evening, splattered with sparkling constellations, open a bottle of the Showket, spark a fire on the hearth, call out for someone special, and then spin up a mellow tune. Make it a memorable evening.
As an aside, the cool thing is this: I know this guy, Theo Bishop, which is a trippy story for another day.
Winery Notes: Our 2005 Showket Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon might be the most complex wine we have ever released. The vintage gave us perfectly ripe Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, so we increased the percentage of the Cabernet Franc to 15% and it shows in the finished wine. In addition to our hallmark black berry and cassis aromatics this vintage shows hints of violets, tobacco and cedar from the additional Cabernet Franc. On the palate it is very round and seductive. It starts with a lively grip and gains size and depth as it opens up. It will be a perfect compliment to hearty dishes, but can also stand on its own. The 2005 Showket Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is truly an exceptional wine.
Yes it is.