Christopher Pratt (cpratt) wrote,
Christopher Pratt

Tonight's science experiment.

Back in the heady days of the dot com craze, I bought a fair number of bottles of wine - maybe 100 - at incredible bargain basement prices. Needless to say, I didn't drink them all then. Instead, I've been carefully cellaring them in the hopes that they might taste better if I could hold back a few years.

Tonight's science experiment is simple: the other bottle of the 1997 Penfolds Bin 138 Old Vine Barossa Valley Shiraz Grenache Mourvèdre. The first bottle was drunk at a small restaurant in Santa Cruz with some friends immediately after purchase; we were invited to a snooty wine tasting and dinner with a really irritating wine snob buyer who insisted that everyone bring a bottle of Meritage [which is an North American brand name for any Bordeaux-blend wine]. I didn't. I brought this, which is not a meritage, but instead a Rhône-style wine. She was mortified and offended. I was disappointed that the wine wasn't very good.

However, four years later, it is absolutely phenomenal. I wish I had a third bottle. At least now I think I know that some wines can in fact taste better if you just leave them alone for a while. This isn't a pricey bottle - I think it was about $8 - but man, it's lovely. Smooth, rich, almost smells like Port. Not too sweet, good body, lovely color in the glass. Reminds me of something like Georgian food - walnuts and savory herbs of some kind. Mmmm.

Correction: This wine goes for about $16 as of late 2003. I probably paid far less for it - I believe it was on special at back when they were selling wine below cost á la every other doomed dot com company. Even at $16, though, this would have been worth every penny, especially with the extra bottle age.

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