Stacked Bottles: One

Our Recent Glugs.

Not every bottle of wine is worth its own spotlighted blog post. Sorry, it just can’t go on being perpetuated like that. The problem? It’s not that we’re writing a thesis with every bottle, its just that were always a little lazy, a little hungover, and a little in college. Besides, this week there’s the release of Mike Birbiglia’s Sleepwalk With Me, and Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master. Not to mention that The Never Ending Story just landed into our mailbox this week, which was a film we much needed to re-experience ever since our childhood faded away. It was necessary to see if it was, in fact, as good as we remembered it. It was. “Total reading propaganda.”

Lately we’ve been taking in local festivities such as our local Oktoberfest at the Snowbird skiing resort up Little Cottonwood canyon. There are lederhosen, accordions, deranged laughter and exclusive beers. I can feel it all going on without me as I type this. It beckons you, and you must heed the siren call. Not only does Utah have a rich, diverse and balls-y brew scene sprouting out from underneath all the religious repression. It’s actually been going on in our state since the 1800’s, but now the momentum is kicking into high gear. The local brewers are surprisingly deft in their craft; ales, porters, and stouts that you’re proud to pit against any other brew from Deschuttes, Brussels, Dublin and Köln. Let’s anthropomorphize Utah’s beer for a moment and ask it a question: What is best in life? “To Crush your enemies, see them driven before you and hear the lamentations of their women.”

Wine…right. We had one $20-range wine during the previous Sunday wine night. And then there are the two “fridge wines,” both new to us, that are cheap enough for every budget and yet pleased us greatly. A rare occurrence, like a blue moon, which coincidentally happens just as often as a sommelier misidentifies my class-status and recommends a Prime Cru over their house wine–you would think the whole in my jeans would give me away.

Ateca Old Vine 2009 – $18
– A very dark garnet with a browning near the brim.
– A temperate, but deep nose. Wet mulch is present along with a leafy tinge that engulfs around a gravel and blackberry, leather seethe.
– Deceptively sweet at first sip, but this soon passes as the air comes in. What’s then present is what we classified as one hell of a fine structure for a wine at the price range. There’s a burning (but not charred) wood that playfully mingles with lime, chocolate and white pepper. Tannic, yet silky like melted butter.
Overall: Worthy. A fantastic balance and structure that will keep you guessing until the end. If anything can be said pejoratively about the Ateca is that there seems to be more than can come of it. Perhaps a little too young.

Salmon Creek 2010 Pinot Grigio – $4
– Standard white-wine-appearance, a slightly golden bath.
– Pear and grapefruit with a slight limestone, hardly anything special.
–  It’s lively, silky, taut, but otherwise just as you’d imagine a cheaper pinot grigio tasting.
Overall: Worthy. We’ve had some awful, cheap, whites before, and this isn’t one of them. It will stand up to many dishes and won’t make you look like Mick Jagger performing Wild Horses on a bad day when scarfing it down.

Mondavi 2010 Pinot Noir – $4
– Deep ruby with a thinning, opaque edge.
– A thick hint of sugar syrup, but with a faint trace of lilies.
– There’s a heavy sugar, like in the nose, but it calms down and doesn’t ruin the evening or anything. Nothing really changes with the wine, you’re never satisfied or dissatisfied. It has this dark edge you don’t normally get with other pinots, especially cheaper ones. Like purgatory, if purgatory was a anything like living in Bob Dylan’s latest albums, inklings of something there.
Overall: Worthy. Nothing exciting, even for a cheap bottle. But I have to give it a thumbs up, seeing as how I haven’t had a pinot under $8 taste this…approachable.

Quote of The Night:

“Every time Joe Biden laughs, take a shot. “

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