Last week I was invited to pour at a wine tasting event sponsored by Vinum Wine & Spirits Importing & Distributing.
A healthy turnout of buyers for upscale restaurants, wine bars, and retailers had the pleasure of tasting dozens of stateside and european labels. Their remarks sounded something like this:
- Smooth and round.
- Delicate citrus acidity.
- Beautiful energy on the palate.
- Long mineral finish.
- Lingers impressively against lively acidity and a refined texture.
- An earthy aroma.
- Brings richness and texture to the mid-palate.
Much like a book’s jacket, the label (of what turned out to be my favorite) is the first thing that grabs my attention. ABRACADABRA—Brian Carter Cellars, Columbia Valley, Washington State—is a blend of 11 (eleven!) red varietals aged in quality oak barrels. If this were a dog it would be a mongrel; a Heinz 57. As a wine, it has an unbeatable pedigree!
The back label has an equally engaging description:
© Laurie Buchanan