In 1973, I was 26 years old, my daughter was born, and, one of my best friends, then 24, died of complications due to alcoholism. Sometimes, I think what I would have missed if I had done likewise. Heaven knows, I was on the same path.
So every once and awhile, I take a break from wine (and other alcoholic beverages). Mostly, just show myself that I can, lose a few pounds and keep a sense of perspective. But in some part, in consideration of both my daughter and all the time I have had and will continue to have with her, and, my late friend and all the time we didn’t and won’t ever have together.
For the past several weeks, I have been on the wagon – but I’m back.
2004 J. Drouhin, Morgon:
Correct, precise and restrained; I think, hiding a depth and structure that will serve it well medium term. Good now, probably better tomorrow.
1999 G. Robin, Crozes Hermitage, Cuvée Alberic Bouvet:
Slightly closed the first day but still a fine drink; the second day, a prime example of its variety but it might be mistaken for good Côte-Rôtie. Exceptional, complex and showing no signs of fade; quite the contrary, excellent development.
2004 Descendientes de J. Palacios, Bierzo Pétalos:
Very concentrated and evident but very fine, chalky tannins with good balance and intensity. Nothing thick or over-done here; bodes well for a future in the cellar but delicious with stronger flavored fare today.
2002 Tamellini, Soave Classico Anguane:
Ah, Soave . . . spicy, crystalline, lively and complex; all one could want in a white wine to serve along side pasta with lemon shrimp. Beautiful.
1995 Caprai, Sagrantino di Montefalco 25 Anni:
Initial aromas of warm earth, cooked fruit and leather, becomes more oaky with time; still substantial tannins but not overwhelming (anymore) with solid fruit and mineral tones and too much wood. Pretty good when served with assorted cheeses, not especially pleasant on its own.
1999 Chevillon, Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Pruliers:
Poured one short pour upon opening and left the bottle open for four hours; youthful, complex and obviously Nuits, this is of a whole cloth; delicious today but the quality is so recognizable that there is little doubt it is on its way to being a great wine. Hold.