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Daily Glass: Humbled By The Wine (Again)

The inner snob (unsilenceable). The charade of expectation. All together in a conundrum. Yeah, I know I’m not making sense. Please allow me to explain myself.

Just came back after a small party at a friend, who doesn’t drink much, but always makes sure he has an ample wine supply for the guests. He stores wines in the dark, cold room in the basement, so the conditions are good. But the wines sometimes get lost there. Not in any bad sense – they simply might stay there for years.

When he brought up a magnum of 2004 (!) Rosemount Shiraz/Cabernet Sauivignon South Eastern Australia (53% Shiraz, 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% ABV), the inner snob made a quick assessment  – “oh, sh!t”, he said. I just recently had bad experience with 2005 Shiraz, which was supposed to be magnificent, but was not, and with 2012 Shiraz of a [supposedly] high pedigree, so you have to excuse that little snob guy. Rosemount is a well known producer from Australia, but it is a mass-producer, and this Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon from a current vintage can be acquired today for a whooping $7 on average, according to the wine-searcher. So $7 wine, aged for 11 years – what would you expect? I would assume you see the conundrum now.

Well, there is only way to find out – the truth is in the glass, right? The wine is poured, and it is … delicious. Inviting nose of the dark fruit, nothing extra. On the palate – plums, blackberries, touch of spices, sweet oak, soft tannins, very present acidity and overall, very balanced wine. The wine was delivering lots of pleasure, and as one glass was finished, the next one was desired almost immediately. Drinkability: 8-

So here is the story, of the humbled snob and exceeded expectations (greatly exceeded). Is there a moral here? I think there is, and it is rather simple: give the wine a chance. You never know what is in the bottle – whether it is $7 or $107 bottle of wine, you still don’t know it. Yes, you have expectations, but the ultimate truth is inside of your glass. Stay humble, my friends, but expect the best. Cheers!

  1. March 15, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    Love this! Never judge a wine by its label! Cheers.

    • talkavino
      March 16, 2015 at 2:25 pm

      Thanks Michelle! I know, I keep repeating the same mistake over and over again – but it is kind of fun part with wine, isn’t it?

      • March 17, 2015 at 10:09 am

        At least you are open minded to admitting when a wine is good that you thought would be otherwise; that is all that matters!

  2. March 15, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    Great advice… which can be applied to almost everything as well 🙂

    • talkavino
      March 16, 2015 at 2:24 pm

      Agreed! But you know how hard it is to follow one’s own advice? Yeah…

  3. March 15, 2015 at 11:49 pm

    Beautiful story – sometimes our expectations get in the way, don’t they! 🙂

    • talkavino
      March 16, 2015 at 2:04 pm

      Ahh, thank you! Yes, the expectations have to be controlled both ways… It is better like that for everybody 🙂

  4. March 16, 2015 at 3:50 am

    Good advice. i have been surprised the same way!

    • talkavino
      March 16, 2015 at 2:03 pm

      It is the nice surprise, right? Much better than the other way around 🙂

  5. March 17, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    What a fun post. Always fun to be surprised un this manner. Salut!

  6. March 18, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    Interesting post Anatoli! This is a label I know so well, yet never buy it… perhaps I should stash away a few bottles like this now and then – just in case!? 🙂

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