Every time I’ve opened our kitchen’s wine chiller in the past year or so this bottle looked up at me. I kept ignoring it as I seemed to recall that a wine friend brought it over, we didn’t get to it during the course of our evening, and I said we’d have it the next time the person came over.
And then you know what happened, neither of us – my husband or myself – could remember who it was that left it here.
Fast forward past my frustration, and being on home quarantine due to Covid-19, and I finally pulled that bottle out and cracked it open! And I immediately regretted it! Why? Because it was really good and I started to feel a little guilty. So I began to make some tasting notes to share with my pal, if I could ever identify said pal:
2015 Sinegal Cabernet Sauvignon, St. Helena, Napa Valley
93 points Wine Spectator
Aromas were big, black and jammy! Notes of blackberry jam on wheat toast and S’mores (chocolate, marshmallow and graham cracker), as well as black plum, black cherry and tree bark.
The palate was lush and spicy, with the same dark fruit – dried blue to black, as well as char and gripping tannins.
I then decided to text the friend I thought the wine came from while tasting. Sent him some notes and asked him to guess the bottle as we thought he left it here. One teaser I sent read, “Black gold, Texas Tea” as well as the wine taking me “to the dark side” but enjoyably. My friend, being a generous soul, told us that if he left the wine with us then he wanted us to enjoy it, and my guilty conscience subsided.
But when he wasn’t able to identify the wine correctly, and asked to finally be let out of the guessing game, we learned that it wasn’t his wine after all that! But at this point he was intrigued, and started to suggest other mutual friends that may have left the wine in my greedy hands. Well, my friend didn’t exactly say greedy.
So now the only question that still remains, where did the wine come from? And in the scope of this global pandemic, not knowing who left behind a bottle of wine wasn’t really a bad problem to have. Having a good wine to drink, no matter how we got our hands on it, makes things a wee bit better, right? Now go open something, the new Happy Hour starts much earlier these days and you too, have the time, to think about your own wine.
Eve Bushman has a Level Two Intermediate Certification from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET), a “certification in first globally-recognized course” as an American Wine Specialist ® from the North American Sommelier Association (NASA), Level 1 Sake Award from WSET, was the subject of a 60-minute Wine Immersion video (over 16k views), authored “Wine Etiquette for Everyone” and has served as a judge for the Long Beach Grand Cru and the Global Wine Awards. You can email Eve@EveWine101.com to ask a question about wine or spirits.