Posts Tagged ‘Craig and Kathryn Hall

31
Jul
10

in pursuit of the juiciest wine: day thirty-six

Hall Cabernet Sauvignon 2005I’ve been laying out Redactions: Poetry & Poetics lucky issue 13 for most of the day today. I’m nearly done. In the issue is a wonderful poet from Napa, CA. I was jealous when I saw she lived there, but now I’m going to make her jealous. I’m going to drink Hall Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 from Napa Valley, CA.

The other day I Hall Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, and I fell in love. It was the best wine I’ve had in a long, long time. I was going to get it again, despite the price, but when I saw the last bottle of 2005, I changed my mind. I had to try the 2005 and compare it with the 2006.

I like the red, wax-stamp blotch on the label. That, as far as I can tell, indicates 2005. The squiggly lines or intertwined grape vines indicate 2006.

(Reminder: This Hall is Craig and Kathryn Hall. It’s not Robert Hall.)

So here we go with the 2005. I doubt it will be as good as the 2006, but here goes.

Allons-y.

The meniscus is not transparent. That means it’s mature or close to it. The wine itself is dark purple that’s about 97.5% opaque.

It has a nose of menthol and cigarette smoke. Hey, who was smoking when they made this wine? I also get ripe cherries. It’s such an interesting nose. There’s one dominant smell I’m trying to identify. Nutmeg. Figs. Musky. (My girlfriend says it smells manly and like a cologne.)

It’s spicy. It’s thin for Cabernet Sauvignon. And it’s slippery or oily.

Spicy and tart finish. The finish is reminiscent of the Rutherford Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, which I tried the other day, too. And on the long finish, a bit bitter.

This certainly is not as good as the 2006. It’s on par with the just mentioned Rutherford.

It’s definitely not worth spending $40 or even the $30 sale price currently at Mahan’s. For $10, it’s good. I just don’t like the finish. Maybe it will change with more time and food, but, I’m meh on this.//

23
Jul
10

in pursuit of the juiciest wine: day thirty-three

Hall Cabernet Sauvignon 2006Today 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.)//




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