When The Wine Cellar, my favorite wine store in Kansas City, closed, I asked the owners what one bottle I should make sure to leave the store with, and they pointed me to Domaine du Vieux Telegraphé’s La Crau. Boy, were they spot on!
Made from a classic Rhone blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre, the La Crau was a deep garnet color. It had a deep, loamy nose, accented with potent oak, and a great sense of weight to it.
Upon first taste, the fruit hit my palate right away, dark fruit flavors like blackberry and currant. It unfolded slowly, eventually revealing oaky flavors and a lingering finish.
I enjoyed the bottle with friends over a dinner of filet with Greek seasoning, which it paired amazingly with, revealing surprising sweetness and suppleness in the wine.
One warning, though, if you ever do find yourself with a bottle...it had surprisingly high alcohol content (16.5%? Can’t remember), which succeeded in knocking me on my ass quite suddenly and without warning. As always, drink responsibly.
It cost $80 and won’t be easy to find again, but it was worth it for a special occasion.
I also happened to enjoy some cheeses that night, though they were done by the time the wine came out. Saint Angel, a French soft-ripened triple-cream cheese from the Loire Valley, is made from cow’s milk and bills itself as “non-traditional.” I don’t know what exactly that means, but it was quite good, similar to brie but different in a way I have a hard time quantifying. We also had some P’tit Basque (good as always) and some Dutch double-cream gouda. Both were thoroughly enjoyable.
Books: Finished The Isle of Doctor Moreau. Working on The Martian Chronicles.
Bottles: Martin Codax Rias Baixas Albarino 2008 and E Guigal Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2005 at dinner at Lou & Mickey's in San Diego.
Guitar: Started on "Mother."
Writing: Written quite a bit on adapting my screenplay into a novella. About 40% done now, I think.