As I mentioned in a post earlier this week, I was doing “the happy dance” on Tuesday because I received my WSET Level 2 Intermediate Certificate in Wines and Spirits test results, and I passed with distinction. You could probably tell from my discussions about work that my current career is not within the wine industry. My boss, however, is nice enough to allow me to leave the office early, once a week, so that I can attend wine classes. Granted, that means school nights are particularly long days for me, since I leave my house around 7:30am and don’t walk back in until after 10pm, but it’s worth it, particularly when I receive good test results!
Once I had my results, the big question was what I should open to celebrate. Tuesday night was a busy one because immediately after work, I had a condo association board meeting. As I’m a member of the board, I not only had to stay for the open session that residents could attend, but also the closed executive session that occurred afterwards. It was an intense night, as there was significant disagreement between board members on a few hot-button issues. Ultimately, I didn’t get home until almost 9:30pm, but that wasn’t going to stop my personal celebration.
During the first course, I was introduced to Chateauneuf-du-Pape, and my love affair with this Southern Rhône Appellation bloomed. Because of that, it seemed only appropriate for me to celebrate my results by opening a bottle of 2005 Perrin & Fils “Les Sinards” Chateauneuf-du-Pape (vineyard site, vineyard blog, snooth). This blend of 70% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 15% Mourvèdre had a beautiful ruby color. On the nose, there were strong red fruit aromas, mostly strawberry and raspberry, followed by a nice savoriness—a mixture of leather and sweet cooking spices. In the mouth, the raspberry flavors were more prominent than the strawberry, but they both blended nicely with the taste of cloves and leather. There was also a hint of spicy white pepper that helped give the wine character without dominating or becoming distracting.
Is this worth a glass after work? Definitely! If you see this wine in the store, grab it; you won’t be disappointed. At $38 a bottle, this wine might push the limits of what some readers may be willing to spend on an everyday wine. However, it’s a nice, maturing wine that will offer a solid flavor that you can sink into without being overwhelmed by it. Plus, while I did open this bottle up for a special occasion, I can attest to its ability to be enjoyable after a long, tiring day. In terms of food pairings, while I didn’t actually drink the wine with dinner, I think it would make go well with a roasted chicken or a seasoned pork tenderloin.