1. an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident.
2. good fortune; luck.
Throughout my relationship through wine, I’ve had many serendipitous events. Some have been epic blow-outs with anything from wines dating back to the Civil War to wines that cost more than my monthly mortgage payment. Yet others experiences have been with far more understated wines. Winos call these wines “gems”, because they are special and are typically a value.
The 2008 Elyse “Morisoli Vineyard” Zinfandel from Napa is one hell of a gem. It’s a really well-crafted, un-manipulated California Zin, and I love it. It has refreshing acid and a sleek medium-body. After a really long day yesterday, taking a sniffy-sniff cheered me up as it was like being in a farmer’s market with crisp cherry, pepper, and hints of menthol to awaken the senses and prime the palate for what’s to come. The flavors of lively cherry, white pepper and allspice are the most pronounced wrapped around soft tannins. The five years of age on this have surely softened it up and allowed for the flavors and aromas to develop nicely.
It’s not often I will tell someone to buy this wine, but in this case that’s exactly what I’m telling you (sorry if I’m being too bossy…what can I say, I’m an Alpha). BTW, it went damn well with Taco Tuesday!
If I come across any others while I sample through life, I’ll be sure to let you know.
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