I have been pushing myself to open up older wine for the fear of forgotten bliss......I found this bottle nestled behind many other treasures and I was taken back....February in Napa valley-2003.....plane was delayed to get there- we rented a nice car to drive up from SF and because we were late, we receive a bright yellow mustang that pulled to the right so badly i had to hold the steering wheel tight with both hands to keep it from veering off the road.  It started to down pour as we hit the road from the airport in our ugly yellow car and the sun was already set...It was my first trip to Napa on my own with a loved one and I was feeling the magic of wine country already start to tingle my insides.  I had been to wine country 3 times before that with work and new the lay of the land pretty well already.  We were late to check in to our wine country cottage on Trefethens winerys property.  www.trefethen.com
As we approached the big iron gates I was anxious and excited.  We had the code to the gate, rain pouring down, and we started the drive into the middle of the vineyard.....around the last corner we pull up to a cozy little cottage, vines and flowers hanging off the pergola....AWESOME....
    We walk in to classical music playing, a fire roaring, a bottle of estate grown cabernet open, a cheese and fruit platter and the lights dimmed....I remember the feeling I felt at that exact moment. Anticipation, relief after a long travel day, romance, graciousness...There was handmade truffles on the bed, french laundry coffee to press in the morning, farm fresh organic eggs in the fridge....the linens were luxurious, the tiny house was immaculate.  To this day I compare every winery I stay at to this place......there has only been one winery to meet up to these standards of excellence.  They no longer have the cottage open to wine people in the business...
    It was a great way to start the trip...The way I felt about wine country at that moment is still the way I feel about wine country today...excitement and anticipation.  I realize its a feeling that I have inside, I am always disappointed at other peoples reactions.....I think its the most romantic, exciting place to be.
BACK TO THE WINE LAST NIGHT - I opened it and those thoughts flooded my mind- and It was really neat to think about that day....I took this bottle home with me from that trip as it was given to me by Janet Trefethen.  I was a tad afraid it would be gone already (as far as the wines body) but it wasnt.  It was anise smelling and when I poured it, still had black fruit aromas.  It was a little rusty and thin but when I drank- still had some tannins and a bit of fruit.  It had a beginning, mid palate and ending.  I think it would have been best drank a couple years ago.....but it held up nicely through all my moves.... I enjoyed it while watching Madonna rock the Superbowl halftime show...And I thought about that rainy night at Trefethen...Thank you Trefethen for a great memory lane walk....

 


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