Monday, 24 December 2012

Great wines

Over the last couple of weeks I had the opportunity to taste some of the greats. If they would have been humans they would be knights, royalty even celebrities.

The likes of Lynch-Bages Pauillac 1996, Leoville Barton Magnum 2000, Leoville Barton 2001 St. Julien, Rene Engel Echezeaux 2005 Cote de Nuits, Burgundy, La Mission Haut Brion 1998 Pessac Leognan, Graves.

Yes, the love of my life calls me a chatterbox, but apparently something he likes, so thank you for listening.

Let us start with the sole Burgundy in the group but what a Burgundy.

Rene Engel Echezeaux Cote de Nuits 2005
http://www.burgundy-report.com/summer-2005/profile-domaine-rene-engel-vosne/

Yes, 2005 is not really ready yet, same count for the Bordeaux's. But this Echezeaux the Rene Engel was just bliss and I can't wait to taste it again the day when it will let you know how truly ready it is. The nose was soo subtle and delicate,hitting you with fresh, just perfectly ripe red fruits all in a package of balance spice and oak. Truly wonderful on the nose which made me look in earnest to taste it, and by each sip it gave more and more pleasure and enjoyment. For all who love a great Burgundy Rene Engel is not cheap but actually still very affordable for a very special occasion, average price for a bottle is about £68 (wholesale). Now you will see that the 2005 will be very hard to find, i guess many bought it for their cellars as it will be sublime in about 6 years time.

The next wine was, Chateau Lynch-Bages, fifth growth 1996, Pauillac. Now for Pauillac, Saint Julien and Saint Estephe 1996 was an extraordinary vintage. Chateau Lynch-Bages is from the same region of the likes of Latour, Mouton Rothschild and Lafite Rothschild. For most, Pauillac is the king of reds in Bordeaux. That does not mean other regions in Bordeaux are not as good but Pauillac hold three out of the five first growths in the 1855 classification. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bordeaux_Wine_Official_Classification_of_1855
http://www.lynchbages.com/en/

So Chateau Lynch-Bages 1996, actually started to get the brick brown color appearing  on the rim of the glass, which is always and indication of age but far from anything wrong with the wine. The intensity on the nose was still very well present and as with age the strength and perseverance soften. There was more spice/ peppers on the nose, delicate traces of oak and below at the base laid plenty of red fruits in berries and cherries. A wine that will live the life for another good ten years. A, Lynch-Bages average will start from £60 (wholesale)  

Now I had as well Leoville Barton second growth, 2001 and 2000 in magnums, this wine is from Saint Julien, just next to Pauillac and for me one if not my favorite region in Bordeaux. The soil has it all and produces amazing wines and still pretty much very affordable.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ch%C3%A2teau_L%C3%A9oville-Barton

Now the Leoville Barton 2001, is a vintage that is totally ready as well 2001 is not a great vintage but very affordable £56 average wholesale. The nose is present and respectable, the spice is light and the oak subdued. On the palette it is soft and harmonious, thick layers of fruit and a descent finish. What is great here is that for an affordable price you can taste a great house not in its best vintage but it still will help you understand what a good house can do with an average vintage.

The Leoville Barton 2000, is a total different animal. Yes, an animal, a beast but a beast with style, class and distinction. Here I had it in a magnum and boy oh boy was there some fun and excitement in drinking this wine. It was still a bit young in three years time it will be be ready and blossoming. On the nose it hits you with freshness and ambition, seduction and power. The balance between fruits, acidity and aromas is extremely well balanced. On the palate it throws you with fruits and total seduction, layers upon layers lasting  for moments after drinking. 2000 is a great vintage and Barton hit it right on the head.

The last one I want to talk about is La Mission Haut Brion 1998, now this is a Graves wine and Graves is the closest wine region to Bordeaux, and as a matter of fact its almost part of Bordeaux itself, that's how close it is. La Mission is a bit the little brother of Haut Brion situated just on the other side of the road literary.
A production of average 87,000 bottles a year which is not much believe you me, so having the occasion to taste a vintage from this house is truly a remarkably treat.
For Graves vintage 1998 was the best in region by large.
http://www.mission-haut-brion.com/#/intro

I was so looking forward to taste this wine and wow what a hit, kick in the butt i got. It started its introduction by pure neat and clean power in fruits, acidity, aromas and pure delight. Even so this is the little brother or considered as the little brother of Haut Brion, it felt like a big boy with style out right to me.
The attack on the nose was clean, pure, powerful, direct and impressive. The dark red fruits as a first attack, with wild vegetables mushroom like sensation as a second level attack with at the base spice and control seductive oak.
I could not wait to taste it on my palate and man that house knows how to make a wine, the strong control of  the balance between the fruits, acidity and aromas was very well pitched. Overall my best surprise and my favorite wine tasted these last weeks. If it is the best wine i tasted this year, well have to be honest hard to say but its definitely up there in my top 5. Average price of this wine will hit you about £209 wholesale.

So for now that's that, but a couple of days ago i had some big bottles tasted in size and status, so talk about them next time, there is definitely not enough poem to get my mind around these wines.

until next time please drink responsibly.


Sunday, 23 December 2012

One night with Dom Perignon

The last couple of weeks I had the immense opportunity and pleasure to taste some of the greatest wines the world has to offer.
First of all i like to start with some event in the sparkling wine sector. I have to be truthful and some might feel a bit of a stitch by me saying that but I attended a Dom Perignon event and was not surprised with the attitude of Moet Hennessy, as it was all about the brand not really and truly about the champagne.

The Dom Perignon 2003 was the first one on show. We had it as the reception champagne and also as the starter. First of all for me 2003 is not truly worthy of a vintage. Champagne is first and foremost a drink that stands its strongest and most truthful identity when its blended and only when the vintage is really worth of a vintage then it can be made into one.
Dom Perignon was the monk that perfected that and helped champagne very much to what it stands today. But nonetheless things have moved on and for those not knowing Dom Perignon is part of the biggest champagne producer Moet & Chandon (29 million bottles production), of which no one knows how many of the DP are produced every year even so rumors say around 5 to 6 million. Yes it has a steep and remarkable history with a lot of glizz and glamour and DP has set themselves right at the top of the Christmas tree. We all know now that Champagne has been branded predominately as a celebration drink and that was made clear during the dinner, we promote a brand not a champagne, which was rather odd to me. But then there are so many blunt, image conscious and pretenders out there that there is no worry to sell regardless of the quality of the product, which in some cases is truly amazing.

But back to the 2003, the two grape varieties in DP champagne are Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. As the weather conditions were (for me) not ideal to produce a worthy vintage champagne as the components for a great vintage are most certainly not overheating and hardly any rain, so I did not like it, there was a lack of  substance and persistence, structure and ideology and in the last 12 years with 2001 and 2007 it were the worse vintages.

But then we were seduced by the Oenotheque 1996, here there was much to talk about, with still such freshness purity in the fruit and great balance between aromas and acidity it was perfectly positioned. Sadly the wine master was on about the romance and image, which was disappointed but then looking at the crowd attending, there was no need as you could tell them whatever you wanted they were looking at the association LVMH. (proof of that was very simple, as all night during the dinner pictures were slide showing and the champagne that was on display in the pictures wasn't DP but the other image conscious champagne Cristal which in all is a much better champagne for my palate)

We had as well the 1970 DP and surprisingly for a sparkling wine hitting forty, it held a good freshness and persistent aroma. But then that was an 1970 Oenotheque and you wouldn't expect anything else. There was a subtlety and delicacy truly remarkable.

We also has two rose DP's, the 1985 Oenotheque and the 2000, which was not an Oenotheque. The 2000 was not super impressive but then 2000 was not a great vintage either, why making a champagne when its not worthy of one? Most champagne house seem to have made one just to acquire the 000.
But the 1985 was something of a ride and truly honored to be part of the lips able to taste it. The fruits were still fresh and crunchy could almost taste the berries, almonds and toasted bread, truly a pleasure.

In all it was a privilege to have tasted the variety of vintages, but I would hope that Dom Perignon would stay to its true identity, instead of the LVMH and capitalism addiction. I know that the majority of people drinking champagne know actually very little, so for the champagne houses its a free run i but should that be the case?

After all is that not what we as a humans should do (educate) instead of brain washing them with hand bags and none importance?


till next time please do drink responsibly.


Monday, 8 October 2012

Wine Investment

Oh gosh my flippers, yes i have been absent way too long but then i had so many and still have many things preoccupying my mind.

Trips back and forward to Italy, moved from sofa to sofa as i could not find till now a place where i could rest my head comfortably. Barnes it is actually, forgot how leafy, country like it feels Barnes and just at the door step of this great city that has seen so much in the spot light the last couple of months.

Yes the Olympics were great, the city was ready for it with all its strength, muscle, culture, charm and carved history. All the sites that were groomed prepped and face lifted for the games were just delightful and so well planned. Even so i am not a Londoner even less a Brit, i felt proud to be part of this city somewhere it felt my city as well.

Yes during all that time i have tasted, absorbed the good  and the bed of wine. But I want to talk some more on the investment in wine. Lately i have been reading more on this subject even so I was already university like informed about this subject. It amazes me how it has become a very profitable, secure and popular commodity.

More and more investment companies have opened branches that look into the subject. For those who look at placing their hard earned cash in commodities that bring back a healthy return profit, then wine is a pretty sure bed.

But be aware and please do your homework, do not run at the first presenting investment fund group that pops up and rest assured that they will do everything to get your hard earned cash.

I am often amazed when you read the ball points for most of these companies how little actually they know the product. Most of the guys working for these companies have a primitive line of knowledge on wines and come from brokers background, which on one hand you would think that this is a good thing. But in fact, wine is fairly complex and unique and as we all have met the tosser cousin or brat boyfriend who pretends to know about wines but actually knows zip to little, it is vital to have people who sell the product actually know the product from root to drop.
I realized through the years I have been working in the Industry and bought wines for clients or sell them, that it gives me huge advantage knowing the inside outs about wine.

Yes there is little danger when you adventure in the first growth and the couple Pomerols and St Emilions (well so to speak), but wine has become such an asset for investment that i can guarantee you that between here and five years the game will expand and become truly a game for the smart knowledge wine experts.
Yes, i do know some people that are for decades in their industry and interesting enough they still don't know that much more since the day they started.  

The top tier wines are truly standing in a class of their own and believe you me many out there would love to be part of that club. For some there will be a happy future waiting, others will have to get use to that they will never attain the status of the those few. All this has simply mathematics, soil structure  exposure and appellation, yes one could say and what about the wine maker?

Well yes, he is very important but any vineyard with cash to spend can afford to employ the best in the industry. What do you think the top tier is doing?

So let's recapitulate, you have cash you want a health, risk free return in about five years time, wine is most definitely the commodity to put your cash in. But be a smart one and do your homework.

Till next time drink responsibly and enjoy.

H.  

















Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Stars of Italy

After my last two blogs on Umbrian wines, I feel that I have to explore somewhat the real stars of Italy.
If asked which are the Italian great, I think that most who know some Italian wines would most likely say Ornellaia or Sassicaia, who are of course two superb and masterful wines.

Pretty much anyone that is exploring or enjoying drinking wine and knows his/her knowledge further than France will know these Super Tuscans, which for those not aware was a word invented by the Americans and Parker in particular.
He discovered these wines some time ago and thought that they needed something more than just Tuscan wines to hit a spot on the world market, to have a proper recognition after all there was good reason for.

These wines were at the forefront of modern Italian wines and wines that had a huge appeal worldwide. So quickly the wine infrastructure had to catch up and modernize, as for many Latin countries, evolution is not a word they feel custom to.
But one has to stop and be less chauvinistic, I truly believe we all need to be. Yes, be proud of your roots but going on how wonderful and how better you are, is really lacking the urge of construction and going forward. We are entering an age where much has been conquered and little more is there to explore, just by looking up we should realize what lays ahead and its only by working together we will truly make it. Any hows, enough said let's focus on wines.

These Super Tuscans have a lot to offer and as much as for the content as for the price.
They have structure and character, personality and talent and will hardly disappoint you, made of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon for most of them, some will have a percentage of the Sangiovese grape blend. These wines have truly set Italy firmly on the map of true greats.

The wines I want to talk about are Angelo Gaja, La Spinetta, Castello di Fonterutoli, Castello di Ama, Ca' del Bosco, Elio Altare, Allegrini.

Starting with the King of Italian wines; Angelo Gaja Piemont,who's family immigrated from Catalonia in the seventeenth century. He has lifted a whole new way of drinking Italian wines, studied in the Enological Institute of Alba and the University of Montpellier in France. He and his family has truly set their heart and soul in the culture of wine making at its best. If you can lay your hands on a Gaja and please don't drink them young, as most of the Gaja's like time to reveal itself, so look at vintages from the mid-nineties and do let them breath before locking your lips on it.
There is a fairly large choice of Gaja's wines, but if you want to hit and understand the core of what Gaja is all about than you have to try the Sori Tildin and the Sori San Lorenzo. For me an absolute must to have in my wine cellar.
www.gaja.com

La Spinetta, Piemont. Closely followed on Gaja's heels is this talented house. The world sees things coming and going but La Spinetta has come, conquered and definitely here to stay. I can still remember the first time when I tasted these wines I was truly and profoundly touched with the intensity, precision and accuracy. Wines that really hit the core and makes you realize that whatever comes towards you, with a glass of La Spinetta much is achievable.

The wines to own are Barbera d'Asti Superiore Bionzo, Barbaresco Bordini, Barbaresco Gallina, Barbaresco Starederi, Barbaresco Valeirano and Barolo Came.
As you can see quite some adventure and fun to discover but believe you me there will be little discussion on dislike but much on which one is the preferred one.
www.la-spinetta.com

Castelllo di Fonterutoli Tuscany, now this is top classic for anyone who likes a bit of Chianti. This domaine is pure history and dates back to the twelve hundred century, it was here that the treaty was signed, assigning Chianti to the Republic of Florence. Here are two wines that need to be hailed as stars in Chianti wines, 100% Sangiovese. The Siepi and the Chianti Classico Castello di Fonterutoli. Masters of depth and power, a flavor of historical identity. Here you discover the essence of Chainti and Tuscany, truly remarkable.
www.fonterutoli.it

Castello di Ama Tuscany, another wonderful master crafted Chianti. Castello di Ama has made enormous contributions to the rebirth of Chianti Classico, winning global recognition as one of Italy's star producers. The two gentleman who brought this winery to its current star quality are, Lorenzo Sebasti and Marco Pallanti, singling out parcels where the Sangiovese grape would produce its optimum. There are three wines from this house anyone should add to their bucket list before departing.
The Chianti Classico Bellavista, filled with passion, intense fruit and precision, a pleasure only the death will miss out from. Than there is the Chianti Classico Castello di Ama, the signature of the house where anyone will drown into the purity and indulgence of master crafting. To finish the Chianti Classico La Casuccia, I would describe this one as the youngest of the three brothers but will certainly not disappoint you in any way. Here again you will recognize the talent and know how of Lorenzo Sebasti and Marco Pallanti.
www.castellodiama.com

Ca Del Bosco Lombardy, this is undoubtedly the challenging house for anyone looking for an alternative to champagne. Franciacorta sparkling wines are the masters in Italy, I know that most of us when speaking of Italian sparkling we think Prosecco. This house will make you realize how sublime and subtle Italian sparkling actually can be. I had the prestige cuvee, the smoothness and elegance, the abundance of white fruits and white flowers was truly astonishing. It lingers on and plays with your senses, with the perfect balance of acidity and aromas this is just a pure delight. The great thing with this bubble is, they are very affordable and set between a selection of champagnes, I am pretty convinced that Ca del Bosco will most certainly not disappoint.
www.cadelbosco.it

Elio Altare Cascina Nuova Piemont, this gentleman is in the business for a very long time and has certainly the expertise on his side and that reflects most definitely in his wines, from his Langhe Larigi, the Barolo Vign. Abortina and the Langhe La villa. If any of you like the deep, intense, leather like, warm wines than he is your man. The character in these wines are robust and strong like a viking handling his dragon. Truly intense but crafted pure classic Piemont wine.
www.elioaltare.com

Allegrini Veneto, I could not step away from here without setting my statements on one of Italy's iconic wines Amarone della Valpolicella, and this house makes just one so irresistible so splendid. Harvest by hand and hand select grapes, they are laid down to rest for months to come. Pressed once most of the water has left the grape and the aromas and sugars are left behind, the pure nectar that appears is truly earths gift. Yes don't be mistaken this is a wine with a lot of character and a lot of power, no need to say that drinking this on its own will hit you like a brick wall but with big meaty meals or intense chocolate dessert will give this wine all its elements to express itself. A house with style and finesse, if you like your Amarones' than please pick this house, you will not regret it.
www.allegrini.it

So here you have it, a small window of what I think Italy produces in style, class and proud. If you come along any of those wines please don't hesitate to let me know your thoughts.

Till than please do drink responsible

H.




Saturday, 14 April 2012

Umbrian reds

As I have commented on my previous blog about Italian whites from Umbria, it is obliged to state that I visit the reds as well. Yes, much of a choice isn't on the menu sadly as for those who are not aware, Umbria is not truly known as a wine region. Nonetheless there are 2 wineries that do live up to the expectations. There is Arnaldo Caprai and Colpetrone with their impressive, suave and indulgent Montelfalco Sangrantino.

Now first a little word on the Sangrantino grape. Sangrantino is a DOCG (Dinominazione di Origine Controllata et Garantita)which is the highest nomination a grape can receive in Italy.

For a long time this grape was used more to make fortified wines, dues to its high sugar content and difficult characteristics. This grape is indigenous to the region so mostly produced around Perugia in Umbria. Due to its strength in fruits and the rustic appearance, it was often used to blend with other grape varieties. This grape makes me think of the Carignan in France, which for a long time until recently was produced to blend with other grape varieties never to drink on its own. Sangrantino is a grape that has good storage capacities, but for me not a grape that holds enough quality to challenge the more known red grape varieties.So in all Sangrantino is a grape with much fruit, tannin, acidity, which at first doesn't sound bad but it is getting the combination right that makes it so difficult with this grape.When well balanced this gives you smooth and velvety wines and in general you like the wine to rest for about 10 and 15 years.

I like to talk about one winery here as I think there is no one better than them in producing the Montefalco Sangrantino. I am talking about Arnaldo Caprai www.arnaldocaprai.it

These guys have work hard and still do, to climb the ladder of recognition amongst Italians best. In 1971 Arnaldo Caprai a successful textile business man bought Val di Maggio to fulfill his dream of producing his own wine. Since 1991 huge investments have been injected to acquire more vineyards, scientific research and technological innovations. The winery starts to collaborate with the university of Milan to improve the results of production, in addition new clones of the Sangrantino are identified which on itself began to produce better quality wines. In 1993 Arnaldo Caprai Sangrantino the Montefalco 25th anniversary is created to celebrate the upcoming birthday of the company. Since, this wine has won many hearts over and is truly a great example of good and talented craftsmanship.

So here are two wines of this house I want to talk about. First the Montefalco Sangrantino Collepiano, this wine appears to show some understatement in its appearance. The label is somewhat rustic and simple with little giveaway, but it is that simplicity that makes you pay attention to this wine. They only produce about 80,000 bottles, which isn't enormous. If you drink it young you will encounter some strong tannins, but if you are a bit patient let it rest. If not try to buy some aged between 7 to 10 years old. The tannins will have soften down, but what will always stay is the burst of dark red fruits, one of the main characters of this wine. It is 100% Sangrantino, it will most definitely grab your attention and even more so if you have a nice piece of meat on your plate. This will set you back for about £20 ($28.5)which is money well spend.

The second wine from this winery is the Montefalco Sagrantino 25 Anni. This is the top wine from the estate, and let me tell you what a good job these guys are doing. Only 40,000 bottles produced, but it is pretty much this winery with this wine that has proven to the world that out of this grape you can make a sumptuous wine. Keep in mind that ideally you want to drink this wine aged for at least 10 years after it's release, so look for the 1999 and 2000 vintages.

On the nose it gives you power, charm and longevity, the arrival of dark red fruits slaps you right across the face, in most cases a slap would make people angry and irritable but here its a slap of awakening and indulgence. Than the layers below will introduce you to vanilla and hints of tobacco even a slight appearance of some cacao. Once you sip and let the wine invade your palette it speaks for itself as the dark red fruits burst with anticipation and the balance between aromas and acidity is so carefully constructed, smiles all around seems to be the norm.
Than the aftermath is pretty impressive as it lingers on like a dream not seeming to stop even bright awake. And for as little as £36 ($54) you can have this truly great craft in your cellar. Don't hesitate to bring it to the table when big meats are on the menu as this is no doubt as the Collepiano a meat companion.

I have tasted many other grand Italian reds but that will come another time. For now I say drink responsibly and wise.
Till next time. H.

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Italian wines

For most of my blogs I have been talking about the French and so I thought as I am visiting the country at the moment that it was time to give the spotlight to Italy and the credit it deserves.

The third biggest producer in volume according to the latest statistics, has such a large display of absolute sumptuous and amazing wines. So for the last couple of months I have been back and forward and delved my curiosity deep and discovered the wines of this beautiful and fascinating country.

I stayed in the region of Umbria, at Palazzo Terranova a five star luxury country Palace. It is open for all but only when you hire out the whole palazzo, so for a special couple of days or a weekend, an experience you will never forget. Its pure magic, class and truly unique. www.palazzoterranova.com

So Umbria is not that well known for its wines, as they have the great Tuscan as a neighbor. It feels a bit left in the shadow, but i have had the pleasure to taste a couple good to very good wines from this region.

The first vineyard that has to be mentioned belongs to the great Antinori family, steeped in history of great wine makers, respecting the identity of the terroir, the qualities, character and personality the region expresses.

Castello della Sala which produces only white wines.
http://www.antinori.it/eng/tenute/tenute_scheda.php?Id=14&tit=castellodellasala


The two wines I like to talk about are the Bramito, which is 100% Chardonnay and the Cervaro which is predominately Chardonnay with a little bit of Grechetto.

Now Grechetto is an indigenous grape from Italy, planted in central Italy and a little bit in the south but predominately in Umbria. Its characters are fresh and crispy fruits, hints of white flowers, a grape holding simplicity in one hand and bursting character in the other. It is not necessarily a grape that has the likes and success of the Chardonnay, Sauvingnon Blanc or Riesling...., but it produces very interesting results. To sum up, Grechetto is dry, fruity, crisp and fresh.

Bramito from Castello della Sala is produced out of 100% Chardonnay, oak is in play so expect something quiet round and slightly oily.The fruits are ripe and full of flavor. The nose and on the eye seduces you with freshness which indicate a good acidity might be present. It follows straight with intense well balanced white fruits, from apples, pears, melons and little hints of peaches. A flurry of white flowers and herbs giving their scent behind the layers of fruit indicating a well balanced and constructed wine. There are spices and hints of vanilla as well, in all a wine with complexity. The palate overwhelms you with roundness and richness of fruits, spice and oak. The acidity is very well balanced and the longevity of the flavors, seduces you with great admiration. In all for me one of the great white wine houses Italy has to showcase. Fleshy fishes and white meats like veal, pork or chicken could work very well with this wine.

The Cervaro from the same house has a little bit of Grechetto blended with Chardonnay, but hold your breath when tasting this wine.
Remarkably it brings amazing results, here again oak matured, with this tiny percentage of Grechetto, it gives this wine a zest and energy, vibrancy and seduction not at all expected.

On the the nose that invasion of fresh crisp green apples, matured pears as a second layer with more deep ripe and matured white fleshy fruits as a third arrival, gives this wine the attention every one longs for.
Than when you think you had it all the spices, tiny hints of vanilla and cinnamon.

A real warm and just balanced wine, which will confirm on the palate. It will wake up and play with your taste butts and imagination.
The remarkable outcome is this longevity and freshness which will make sure that you will not stop at the first sip.
Yes, fish dishes even grilled fish will work, risotto with truffles and pasta dishes with creamy sauces will suits this wine.

Castello della Sala, truly a wine house every one loving Italian wines should try out and discover. I had great pleasure drinking it with a whole bunch of Italian friends and amazingly a perfect companion for an evening.

More Italians to come this time reds of course, but for now please drink responsibly and enjoy discovering.

till next time

H.

Sunday, 29 January 2012

wine and time

I have been so busy this month that so far I had hardly found the time to write some more of my thoughts. Besides the professional aspect I had also been struck (cupidolike) by a matter of the heart, and let me tell you it feels wonderful, amazing, tantalizing, electrifying, absolutely breathtaking. So yes I have been of late with a shortage of time, which is something when one is getting older, begins truly and respectfully to appreciate more intently. As Love is a matter of life which now has completed pretty much all desires in my life. Now I have to construct, nourish, understand and mature this relationship which i have been waiting for so long. Remarkably wine has very similar routes in its development from its construction, definitely in need of nourishing, vital to understand and vines do speak in their unique form and yes a good wine needs time to mature.

After all one wise men did tell me one day many years ago, "young man in life we are certain of 2 things" one day you are born and one day you will die, now the difference lays in what you will do with the time that has been given to you. A wine goes a similar trend, one day it is born and one day it will die in a form of consumption, only the cool thing with wine is, no one will criticize it from having a intimate moment with more than one person at the same time and still be looked upon as a serious and superb specimen.

So now i begin to reflect on the moments where you realize that wisdom does grow with age.
To bring me back to wine,I have been working on a clients wine cellar for the last month,boxing up the over 10,000 bottled cellar as big renovations are about to happen in the house and the wine needs to be stored safely.

Ja some true legends are rested on these shelves. From legendary vintages as 1959, 1978, 1961, 1988, 1990 1982, 1996, 2000, 2005, from Bordeaux to Burgundy, Champagne, to Rhone, Italy, interesting enough I have not had to opportunity to direct him to some amazing Spanards, great Americans, seductive Kiwi's or strong and muscled Aussies.
But I am sure that it will come, as there are so many true characters out there of which many between us have not heard off including me or have never laid their lips upon.

It is truly remarkable in the spirit of life that wine has followed us for over or close to 10,000 years. One of our first cultivation some even say, our first step to wisdom and genius. I know, i know some will truly and intently debate this argument but in many forms of life, it has brought laughter and emotion, debate and poetry, solutions and new discoveries.

Surely when the velvet color strikes your sight and the fruits, spices, oak, have conquered the senses of your imagination. When the liquid touches your lips and the structure reaches the deepest part of your soul, where your thoughts suddenly amaze with the inner pleasure of a product of which its true source is earth itself. How can man stand there and not wonder how wonderful the drop from the grape transformed into art bringing you a meaning of life with the dream and imagination, the courage and determination.
Even him, himself could not have thought of a better way to describe the perfection of life.

On this note i say be safe, drink responsible and till next time

h.