Did I tell you I love wine? More precisely, red wine. To be exact, Bordeaux. The first really good wine I drank was Concha Y Toro’s Don Melchor. A really good Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile. I couldn’t remember the name of the brand when I flew to Santiago and ended up buying a mixed case of wine at the local shop, hoping one of them was the gem I was seeking. Alas, it wasn’t until 10 years later that I saw it in my local Costco. I recognized the label and the name hit me- I bought every bottle and then saw more the next day at my local wine shop, filling my cart once more.
The first really GREAT wine I drank was 1989, (’89) Lynch Bages. A truly profound wine of immense power, complexity and depth. I hated it at first. I didn’t know what this beast was and the attack was so brutal I wondered what the fuss was all about. The second time I had it, I was ready. The aromas from the glass were much more familiar, the initial mouthful was anticipated, the strength of the wine was tamed. I fell in love and have been a true fan since then. Unfortunately, like all Bordeaux, it has become too expensive to buy, so I shall savor what few bottles I have and shall pass onto you my tasting notes.