We knew we were in trouble. It started with an email that Jean received on Monday. She forwarded it to Brian at work and to the house. Oh, this wasn’t going to be good . . . not at all! It intensified Monday night. Yep, we had just turned on the television to catch the late, local news, and there was the second sound (aka our good friend Sandra) of trouble. It got worse on Tuesday morning; when the alarm went off and the third sign that we were in trouble played on the radio. The message was repeated on the television — not once but twice — we were doomed. To make matters worse, it was happening over THREE days. They already knew that they had us. All we could do is raise a white flag, throw in the towel, walk away from the ring, hang up our cleats . . . and give in. It was like – we could hear the theme song from the movie, “Jaws” playing in the background and getting louder and louder (“think you’re gonna need a bigger boat”) . . . What are we talking about?Uh yeah! The folks at Twin Liquors really know how to sucker punch a couple of wine lovers! Oh, no . . . it’s not good enough to just have a 75th Anniversary Sale last August . . . NOOOOO! They had to go out and create a ‘Dollar Sale’ for three days in February. So, they mark down their product to the lowest price; add a dollar for margin and sell it. For wine lovers, it’s the difference between three bottles and eight bottles. For amateur wine bloggers, it’s like a gift from above! We can “unlock” some great values in different wines, and the “key” is to save some cash!
So, tonight, we “invested” at Twin Liquor in San Marcos and found this 2009 Meritage from St. Helena, California in the heart of Napa County. Most places have it priced between $13 – $16 a bottle, but tonight we made off with it for less than $11. In terms of pricing, score a big one for the bloggers. When we opened it up, the cork was fresh, moist and the smell was fruity with hints of oak. This wine, we learned, is from the Trinchero Family of wines . . . which means, it comes from a BIG operation! This wine is a true Meritage blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc and the grapes are sourced from some of the best vineyards in Sonoma and Lake counties.
To be honest, at first we weren’t too sure about this bottle . . . The nose was heavy with prunes or dates – not sure which ones because it was overpowering. The color was oh so close to copper but still held a dark burgundy tone. The taste upon initial opening wasn’t good at all. It was more like ‘pucker time’ than wine time! However, like most wines with a good heritage, the key to unlock the flavor of this wine was time . . . the longer the bottle stayed open, the better the wine began to taste. Even as we type tonight’s blog and sip on the wine, it’s changing . . . the flavors are now deepening and becoming much more pronounced. A richer, deeper flavor that seems to be much more advanced than the wine that we smelled and tasted upon opening. Again, it was soft and supple with a pleasant combination of black cherry cola, dark spices, sandalwood and tannins making it a tremendous value at this price point. In other words, the wine works – – even though it was slow to open, the wine is extremely enjoyable and delicious and for the price point under $11 a bottle, we could be convinced to buy a few more of these and save them for “later”.
For the record, there is a golden oldie movie classic with the same name as tonight’s blog. Name two of the actresses who starred in the movie and have gone onto much higher levels of fame. A bottle of tonight’s wine goes to the first one who chimes in with the correct answer . . . pretty sure there are a few Freitag’s out there who can “name that tune” . . .
Regardless of whether you lock your wine or open it with a key, please remember to enjoy your favorite wine responsibly and recycle whenever possible!