At Saturday’s big barrel tasting, Crushpad handed out flyers warning:
“Danger! Tasting barrel samples may lead to manic episodes of excitement, uncertainty, giddiness, nervous jitters, giggles, lower abdominal butterflies or uncontrolled smiling.”
So true! I could not stop wiggling. I am most excited about the Petite Sirah, which has an incredible ultraviolet, neon purple glow. After one taste, my wine glass was stained for the rest of the afternoon. (See photos.)
It also tastes really good. In all honesty, I was getting over a cold, so my sense of smell was lacking, but it’s already feeling quite elegant to me.
I’m not as thrilled about the Syrah, but I do like that both wines are very complex, mysterious… not easy, give-it-all-away kind of wines. I tasted someone else’s Cabernet Sauvignon and it nearly knocked me over. It was just a big ol’ fruit bomb that left little to think about. Je Suis is definitely a thinking person’s wine. It’s hard to express the way the Syrah actually tasted, but when I smell it, it reminds me of walking through an abandoned stone temple in the rainforest. How’s that for vivid? And as for any aspects that I didn’t care for, Crushpad sensibly informs:
“Like humans, wine can go through awkward periods of pimple-faced adolescence. But, given proper attention and caring, even the most teenaged of teenagers can grow up to star on reality television series and become valued members of the community.”
They’re very wise, these guys. I’ll have a talk with the winemakers to make sure the Syrah will grow up to be the sexy mature wine I’m hoping for.
Oh yeah! There was also a taco truck parked in the loading dock at Crushpad. Wine and tacos: a surprisingly good match.