Today was a good day, though expensive with car repairs. To celebrate I will drink a $40 bottle of wine. If you are going to spend a lot of money in one day, you might as well spend a Lot of money and enjoy it. (Pssst. Don’t tell anyone. It was on sale for $30. Virtual high-five. Whap! Thanks Mahan’s. You rule.)
What is the expensive wine? Hall Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 from Napa Valley. This Hall is Craig and Kathryn Hall and not Robert Hall.
It’s got a whole bunch of things going on in the nose. Dark berries, caramel, vanilla, melon, leather. My girlfriend gets a bloody steak or steak tartar.
It’s juicy and dry at the same time. Yes, juicy up front and dry after the finish. The flavors harmonize well in the mouth, which to me means it is hard to discern what is going on. However, it is delicious.
I think there is some coffee in there. Like a Guatemalan coffee. Guatemalan Huehuetenango? Maybe.
I also get plums. I love plums especially in wine.
Slightly peppery finish, too.
It is dry on the gums after the swallow. Some cheese is necessary, but, man, this is an awesome wine. I love it!
Okay, that was true for half an hour. About 45 minutes later, it’s a clean finish. It’s beautiful.
I did a little research. Wine Spectator gave this wine 94 points.
Whatever. It’s damn delicious wine, and it gets better the longer it is open. I’m falling in love, but it will only be a one-night stand. (Pssst. Don’t tell my girlfriend.)//