Monday, October 26, 2009

Because I'm Awake...

...& because I haven't written in a while.  Bloggin' ain't easy.  I mean, sometimes you have the time but no energy or inspiration.  Sometimes you have the energy or inspiration but no time.  Now is one of those times when it's all there.  Plus, I need a break from writing about our Cali trip, & perhaps you do as well.

I'm wide awake.  Usually, I'd have been in bed for at least 40 minutes...but not tonight.  I'll probably be up for at least another 40 minutes, & I'll feel like Hell tomorrow.  So be it.  Right now, I'm watching recorded Grey's Anatomy reruns, & I'm totally into my glass.

My doesn't have much left, but I love what's there.  Overall, I'm a fairly adventurous wine drinker that'll try just about anything & find the good in it even if I'm not head-over-heels in love with it.  Tonight, I reached for something I could count on because it's crappy outside, the puppy's being a brat,  & I wanted to know.  I'm so pleased to report that I am head-over-heels in love with it - 2006 Hahn Estates Cabernet Franc.

It's no secret that I adore Hahn wines; I swear I'm not on their payroll nor do I receive free samples from them.  I happily buy them again & again because they're an extremely affordable, superbly consistent, high quality, &  wonderfully delicious piece of wine heaven.  Really.

This Cab Franc is one of our all-time favorites.  The wine isn't 100% Cab Franc - it's 80% with 14% Merlot & 6% Cab, but it's enough that they can legally call it Cab Franc.  Who really cares anyway when it's this good? It always sells out very quickly, so we try to grab it whenever we see it.  Why?  I'm tempted to just say "Because I said it's good, so buy it already", but I'll give you a little more information...& then you should go buy it.  Well, after checking with me to make sure I have enough.  But I stray... I love this wine for so many reasons.  It's pretty to look at with it's deep ruby color.  It smells of cinnamon, clove, & cherries -- lots of cherries.  The flavors in my mouth are more cherries, blackberries, a little chocolate, & some earthiness.   In the back, I get some raspberry-ish tastes, all rolled up with some great acidity.  Tonight, I'm drinking it on its own, but I know it rocks with food.  Like pork, steak, whatever.  It's great...& for less than $17.

I wasn't going to write about wine the next time I wrote, but tonight, I just couldn't help myself.  Now, I just want more.