23 October 2011

Laughing Stock Vineyards Blind Trust 2009

Laughing Stock’s Blind Trust was my first experience with Okanagan Valley, BC red wine.  A Bordeaux blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec, it could not help drawing comparisons with similar wines I’ve had from Napa or France.

It was a dark crimson color, with medium body and a very meaty, smoky, oaky nose.  On the mouth it provided cool fruits and powerful acidity.  The tannins were strong, bordering on harsh, but this was not surprising given the youth of the wine.  I suspect a few more years would have mellowed it considerably.  The finish had a lingering taste of licorice.

I enjoyed the wine with appetizers at Bistrot Bistro, a French bistro in Vancouver.  With the shallot compote and prosciutto it brought out sweeter fruits in the wine and more saltiness in the meat.  A similar interaction occurred with the Caramelized Onion-Maplewood Smoked Bacon-Gruyere Tart.

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Books: Just finished A First Rate Madness.  Have some books on grief and grieving as research for Into the Shining Sun

Bottles: Nothing of note lately.  Hope to remedy that soon.

Guitar: Working on new pentatonic studies as well as "My Hero."

Writing: Into Chapter Eleven-and-a-Half right now.  Closing in Shawn's death from Adam's point of view.  Hopefully I am getting some good stuff.  It's hard to tell right now.