It’s Sunday yet again and we’re only a few hours away from opening this week’s wine. The bread is baked to a ripe, golden tan, smelling lovely and rustic, and the cheese has been bought and remains planted idly by in the refrigerator, its frigid cell, counting down its last few moments of life before being eaten with terrific benevolence by its captors. Yes, great moments need long sentences.
As for the last week, we took on an adventurous pinotage from Argentina and a cheaper Australian table wine that we can personally attest to as being “pretty damned drinkable for the price.” Both wines are considered “worthy.” As such we say, Est! Est! Est!.
The term “Est” was used by a imperial emissary that checked in on local, Roman, taverns to check the quality of the wine before the emperor’s arrival to the area. This could be said to equate to today’s employment of being Hugh Hefner’s right-hand man. At any rate, this emissary would designate a tavern with the sign “Est” (Here it is) if they sold an acceptable wine from the Montefiascone region. The emperor was noted as shouting “Est! Est!! Est!!!” upon seeing the sign, being quite excited to imbibe (Keevil, et al, Wines of The World, p. 245, 2010).
Southern Right, 2009 pinotage – $20
– A dark, inky ruby in the glass. It looks to be a stainer.
– You come off reeling, for it smells like an old bookshelf, like your grandfather’s pendulum clock with many a story to tell. Some leather and raw hide.
– Some agreeable spoilage and acidity hits you. Then it happens; it releases and expresses an undercurrent of light blubbery with dust and saddle wood. This is nostalgia personified. If your ’68 edition of The Hobbit sitting on your bookshelf could have a taste, this would be it. There’s a deep sense of wonder, and an adventure to be taken, full of redolence of warm mid-summer night’s dreams and tales of high sea’s adventures. It leaves you refreshed, but dry.
Overall: Worthy. We loved this wine. It was worth every but of it’s price (way above or regular budget line). If you can not find yourself buying into the ancient taste, We’d recommend skipping, but otherwise We’d tell you to find the Southern Right and purchase, post haste.
Jackob’s Creek 2009 Australian cabernet Sauvignon – $5
– Light when swirling, looks to fairly strong in color.
– Licorice and molasses tinge to the smell. Somewhat promising.
– Tar and cherry is the first blush’s opinion followed by a high-tannin drop with a low acidity report, only to leave a breezy sort of sugared linger.
Overall: Worthy. The Jacokb’s Creek is a decently reliable wine for everyday drinking. The sugar is not flying off into unwelcome tangents, the tannins are right and the balance is sturdy.