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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.