Winter is definitely taking its toll on me. I’ve been trudging away with work, marathon training, volunteering, and downgrading into my new studio apartment. I hate how running leaves very little time for wine drinking. And when I do decide to squeeze in a glass of wine it’s that darn Carlos Rossi Burgundy that I’m recently become obsessed with. …I don’t know who I am anymore
So yesterday I ran my first marathon. Yep, the whole 26.2 miles. 5 boring loops around Central Park – which I’ve forgotten can be quite lovely when it’s not below 50 degrees and/or buried under inches of snow which probably hasn’t happened as many times as it seems this NYC winter. Anyway, I managed to finish the race in 4 hours and 34 minutes and even though it was my first marathon I was quite disappointed with my time.
Last night was the first opportunity I had to sit still for a few hours and have a couple of drinks. I popped over to a new local wine and spirits store. Little did I know they were heavy on the liquor and light on the wine selection….unless you like Moscato
I held my nose and picked up these babies:
In hindsight it’s pretty fitting that the Rouge was in the middle because that’s the only one really worth mentioning. But before we get to that a quick note on the Oscars…How delicious did Anne Hathaway, Halle Berry, and Kerry Washington look? Oh, and Kerry despite what my cousin says you’re not an oreo. You’re the embodiment of perfection.
Anyway, let’s get to this incognito red blend.
Producer: Clos Du Bois
Where Purchased: Wine Shop
Most wineries wine making processes that I’m familiar with will either age their wine in stainless steel or oak, but Rouge was fermented in both for a total of 24 months before the wine is released. So this 2010 is pretty much fresh off the presses. I think the wine is delightful and not overpowering, medium-bodied with a licorice, chocolate and dark berry fruit palate. On the nose I get dark chocolate, coffee, and steel. Clos Du Bois recommends you pair this wine with the likes of steak, ribs and hamburgers; none of which I eat so we’ll have to take their word for it. As for myself I enjoyed it as an aperitif while listening to Amel Larrieux newest album “Lovely Standards” and writing this blog post.