It's hard to move your wine. You get it all good and settled and then you move and the system is different so you have to reconfigure the system. I see all the spreadsheets and maps, smart phones and apps, and good intentions. I also see many people holding those things wandering and lost anyway.
The Cave has a new denizen who is meticulously cataloging his product in grand attempt to crack the code of the perfect system. Perfection takes time so he and I have been here together for various chunks of time, though almost daily, for almost a month now. It's wreaked havoc on the balance of The Cave's delicate ecosystem and the equally delicate nature of its monastic, hermetic-by-nature troglodyte.
So let's catch up on a few things, namely wines I drank.
2003 Cantina Terlan Lagrein Alto Adige - Südtirol Porphyr Riserva
Thick ruby ink. Leather behind fruit, bring a knife and fork. I don't know if I like this or not, but it was different and unusual and I really liked it. (no, that's not a mistype.)
2011 Tablas Creek Rose Second wine I've had from this very intriguing winery. It was good. I'd do it again.
The next weekend I opened the 2004 Gattinara. Smooth mouthfeel, big pucker. On day three when I'd already decided it
was unnecessary to try again the second to last sip was pure velvet and licorice. The last sip
cured any last second wantonness.
2011 Château Monestier La Tour Bergerac Rouge. Also via Zachy's, bright and balanced and otherwise unremarkable.
This stuff, also a donation to the cause, fricking just great. Elegant and beautiful. One of the nicest wines I've had the fortune to experience.
I'm beginning to realize I'm an ass. Actually I'm a troglodyte extraordinaire, like an idiot savant but with different letters and minus the savant part. With what I've spent on many bottles of mediocre wine I maybe should have spent on very few bottles of very good wine.
If you want to read some much better writing on much better wines, try the new guy's website, Winenoodle