I’m headed off to Italy in a few days, so last night I drank Bordeaux.
My son and I were having dinner – a guys' grill night, with rib eyes and some random, token greens.
He hasn’t shown much interest in wine, despite the fact that it’s always been around. The kitchen counter is usually cluttered with half-empty bottles (and there’s always something chilling in the refrigerator).
Oh, that’s not to say he hasn’t helped himself to my cellar. One night he and his buddies decided to open a few of my treasures.
The wines were old Kenwood Artist Series Cabernets, back to the original 1975 “Naked Lady” labels, by David Lance Goines. They were part of my prized cellar because the labels – and the two that followed, “Skeleton of Naked Lady” and the blank hillside label -- were rare collectibles.
The wine was, well, not drinkable, made before Kenwood turned around. But I’d held on to the wines for years and was shocked that morning to find the empty bottles in the bushes outside our house.
No wonder the boys slept in late that morning…
I’ve always let my kids sip wine, and they both have excellent palates now.
Still, not much interest in wine or Dad’s job, though this summer, one night, my son called from a party to ask if I’d heard of a certain wine.
One of his buddies, who worked as a chef at Auberge du Soleil, had brought a fancy Cabernet to the party.
“Hey Dad, have you heard of Honig Cabernet?” he asked.
Sure, I said. Good stuff.
The past few days, though, my son has become more curious about wine and why I spend so much time with it. He’s now 21, so I figured I 'd open up some special bottles to encourage his interest.
One night, we drank a 2003 Martinelli Russian River Valley Syrah Zio Tony Ranch “Gianna Marie,” which was amazing, dense, beefy and loaded with rich berry fruit.
As we watched the cat and dog wrestle on the lawn last night, we sipped a 2004 Steele Chardonnay Mendocino Ridge Du Pratt Vineyard, which was tremendous, as we watched the grill heat up.
Then for the rib-eyes, I opened a 2000 Ducru Beaucaillou. Simply fantastic, exquisite balance, depth and length.
I could tell my son was struggling with the flavors, the name and appellation (St.-Julien) and then I remembered to put it into context for him. He's a Napa native, has worked at a winery here, knows a little about grape varieties and varietal wines.
But the notion of Bordeaux is not familiar.
I explained, this is how the French make Cabernet in Bordeaux.
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