One day last week Jennings stopped at Paradise Springs Winery to talk to Rob Cox, their charming and knowledgeable winemaker, about growing Petit Verdot grapes at Poplar Grove. I tagged along because it was the perfect opportunity to complete our assignment for the Wilson-Kelsey Design Virtual Wine Tasting. Plus, Parker was buying.
The winery is normally packed with happy wine drinkers, and in warmer months, picnickers on the lawn outside. However, it is probably a good sign for the economy that the winery looked like this at one o'clock on a Wednesday afternoon.
Wild grapes once grew throughout the Mediterranean, and cultivars of vitis vinifera, now form the basis for the majority of wines produced around the world. In about 160 BC, Cato (no not that Cato, the other one) decreed that the winemaking notes of conquered nations would be translated into Latin, and wrote The Agri Cultura, the first survey of Roman viticulture. Interestingly, it is also the oldest surviving work of prose in Latin.
It is also why anything having anything to do with wine is peppered with Latin.
2,270 years later, Jennings and I chose the 2009 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, aged 13 months in 1-4 year old French oak barrels. If the picture looks slightly blurry, it's probably because this was our second bottle. Usus magister est optimus. Practice makes perfect.
Color notes: Garnets, rubies, rare orchids, and a luxury SUV I saw last week.
I asked Jennings what the wine sounded like, and he picked this song right away, "You know," he said, "Mozart, that song from Out of Africa." Then, as if on cue, it played over the sound system. In vino veritas.
Tasting Notes: Young, friendly, Summer, an unstructured garden, polished, moss, walnuts, pepper, cassis, raspberry, complete...
|Oscar de la Renta|
|Tiffany & Co.|
Warm, leather, cedar...
|Photographed by Gordon Beall|
We really enjoyed this wine- full-bodied with a great tannin structure and a big mouth feel. We discovered later that it won a silver medal at the Atlantic Seabord Wine Competition.
Canis studia domestici devoravit