Most of the wines I open for an everyday drinking are $20 or less. However, since the move, I’ve found myself opening wines that I’ve been holding onto for unknown reasons. I think packing everything up and seeing some of the great wines that I was holding onto for an unknown reasons left me wanting to just open and enjoy them all just for the sheer joy of enjoying fantastic wine. Four out of the five wines I’ve reviewed since the big move have cost more than $30. The most expensive one was an $80 bottle that I had been saving for almost five years.
Let’s be honest with each other, though…not only do I not normally open an $80 Malbec on a random Sunday night while I was baking cookies…neither do you. But, there is something liberating and fun about throwing caution to the wind and opening that bottle of wine you’ve been saving for a yet-to-be-determined “special event.” And, that is why Dorothy Gaiter and John Brecher started Open That Bottle Night.
Open That Bottle Night (OTBN) takes place on the last Saturday in February, and it’s all about opening a bottle of wine that is special. It could be a bottle that you bought on a special vacation or it may be the most expensive bottle you’ve ever purchased. Regardless, it’s that wine that stares at you every time you look at your wine rack and leaves you thinking “is today the perfect day?”
For me, I’m ending my crazy run of opening expensive, non-everyday wines on OTBN (and before I drink all of the special bottles I own). I’m also participating in a blog hop with several other fantastic wine bloggers that I met last summer at the Wine Bloggers Conference (special thanks to Anne at Odd Ball Grape for organizing!). With that in mind, it seemed only appropriate to open a wonderful wine that I bought in Santa Ynez, California at Bridlewood Estate Winery on the last day of the conference.
The 2009 Bridlewood Estate Winery Reserve Syrah (winery, snooth) is from Santa Ynez, California and is made with 100% Syrah grapes. The wine was a deep clear purple with a bright ruby rim. On the nose, there were black cherries, black licorice, and nutmeg mixed with the slightest hint of violets, black pepper, and earthiness. In the mouth, there were black cherries, black licorice, dark chocolate, and hints of espresso, leather, and violets. The wine had a full-body, good acidity, and strong tannins.
Is this worth a glass after work? It’s worth more than one! What are you waiting for? At $50 a bottle, this wine is not cheap, but it’s worth the extra price if you’re looking for a wine that is a little extra special. It’s what I look for in a big, bold red wine. It has a nice complexity that makes it enjoyable to drink on its own, but also is wine that pairs nicely food, particularly with Hubby’s pork chops.
Question of the Day: Did you participate in Open That Bottle Night? If so, what did you indulge in?
Purchased at Bridlewood Estate Winery
Overall: 5 Corks