A friend of mine and certified Sommelier recommended that I try full-bodied Burgundy’s. I am not familiar with Burgundy’s, but Burgundy’s are “big wines”. We were talking wine at a Christmas party and I mentioned that I like full bodied wine and Pinot Noir is not my favorite unless it is a full bodied Pinot, and then I absolutely love Pinot Noir. Is that a contradiction? Basically, a lot of Pinot on the shelf is too light bodied for me and does not have enough oomph. I also realized that sometimes the full bodied Pinot’s cost a little bit more. End of story.
Surfer Boy and I were Christmas shopping for our kids last weekend and next door to Toys R Us was Total Wine. Detour! This place is huge! Beers, wine, liquor, I have not been in to a Total Wine yet. Their prices are competitive and I will be going there more often. I arrived at the Burgundy aisle. Like I mentioned, I am not as familiar with Burgundy’s because we have so many California wines to choose from that I do not typically gravitate towards French wine. Any time I do I enjoy them and have been trying them more often. At home deep in my wine cellar, I have a 2004 and 2006 Bordeaux that I plan on trying sometime soon and I will post here how they are when I open them. Back to the Burgundy wine aisle.
Oh boy, where do I begin?
I began reading labels. Full bodied, check! Wine Spectator/Wine Enthusiast points on the 2 wines I selected were 92 and 94 points and both under $35.00 and one was under $20. Perfect! Any wines typically rated over 90 points that are of the varietal I prefer have never steered me wrong so far. I am a novice wine consumer, not an expert. So after stocking the cart with wine, beer, and other novelties, we were off to Toys R Us.
Last night Surfer Boy and I made dinner. I wanted a spicy pasta dish because I needed this wine to hold up to the food or the food to hold up to the wine. I think you understand. Here is what I tried, and I actually bought 2 of these because my aunt is making beef tenderloin on Christmas. I was hoping this wine is good enough to bring and pair with her dinner. This wine is a 95% Syrah, and 5% Mourvedre, grown in the Rhone region of France.
Corking with our new corkscrew we bought.
So as I lay the cork down to take a picture of how perfect the cork is, my love throws in his Clamato and Bud Light, because that’s how we do it around here. Hmm, apparently he wasn’t planning on trying any of this wine.
Let’s pour it already and have a taste!
Wait! We need to swirl! This wine is going to need a swirl!
Whoa this is a big ass wine! This wine didn’t just need a swirl, it needed to be decanted for about an hour. This was definitely my kind of wine, and it stood up to my spicy Cajun pasta. Good thing I opened it prior to starting dinner so it had time to breathe.
As I made dinner, the wine only got better as the tannin’s softened, and my glass after dishes was even better. I will want to decant this wine for about an hour prior to dinner on Christmas or keep it in the bottle for another 5 years. Other aerator contraptions will work but this wine is high tannin, and will need more time out of the bottle in order to drink or more time in the bottle to enjoy in the years to come. It was very tasty. I can’t wait to have another glass tonight.