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Day 104 – Only the strong survive!

rodney strong cabSo, here we are . . . 12-13-12 . . . no magic.  No perfect alignment of the stars, the planets, Jupiter or Mars.  Nope.  Just another day . . . like yesterday.  Maybe because we’ve been around for a while or maybe because we’ve become a little cynical, the hype (media driven, of course) about yesterday (being 12-12-12) and about the upcoming Mayan calendar timeline (12-21-12) . . . it just doesn’t register.  Wasn’t it last year that a “foreseer” forecast the end of the world not once, but TWICE in the same year?  How about that for padding the plate?  What’s sad is that people actually believed him and sold all of their possessions to anticipate the ‘end of the world’.   Maybe we’ve become naive as a country – or maybe we’ve been spoon fed way too much television, but the last time we checked, there were a whole lot more reasons to live, grow and prosper than to sell, prepare and die.

It’s almost as if we grasp everything that is dished to us as ‘gospel truth’ . . . when a teacher, who has more of an impact on a child’s life earns around $40,000 a year (some more than others), but a television ‘icon’ who gets pregnant and then earns roughly $2-3 million?  As they say on Sportscenter, “C’mon Man!”  You want to talk about misplaced priorities?  Sports ‘heroes’ earn $50-$100 million a year . . . teachers, oh, sorry, already noted at $40,000.

Only the strong survive . . .

Tonight, we opened a Central Market special, a 2010 Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon.  Regularly priced at $19.99, it was on sale for $14.99 during our most recent trip.  So, to enjoy a good named wine at a good price seemed like the right thing to do on the day AFTER 12-12-12!  Well, maybe it was because the planets hadn’t lined up for us or that the Mayan calendar had a glitch in it, but we weren’t feeling it with tonight’s selection.  Oh, the nose was enticing.  The oak and smokiness was there as was the undertones of tobacco and cedar.  For us, it seemed like we were walking into a ‘rainforest’ of wine perfection.  That all changed on the taste . . . kind of like drinking something that causes the ‘pucker up’ in your neck . . . you know, just a wee bit too tough to swallow?  Yeah, this wine just didn’t hit it for us.  Now, we can tell you that as it opened up, the wine smoothed out significantly, but it was too late – the damage was done.  If you’re going to buy a bottle of wine – regardless of the price point–and your goal is to open the bottle to enjoy it, then it ought to be good from the start.  Unfortunately for us, this Rodney Strong was anything but, and it probably is yet another example of a large corporate winery, producing less than superb wine simply because a lot of people will buy it just for the name.  We did.  It didn’t. We won’t.

Needless to say, at 103 days into this journey, we expected more from this 2010 Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon.  We’ve had their Gnarly Vine Zinfandel (which is not to be confused with Gnarly Head Zinfandel – don’t drink it – it will make your head gnarly) and been mesmerized by the fruit and spice, but not with tonight’s wine.  Which is a good reason why we are trying 365 different wines in 365 days.  The cold hard reality is that some will rise to the top and some will sink to the bottom.  No disrespect–just a couple of folk’s opinion that is just as easily disputed by someone who swears by the wine!  Once again, that’s what makes wine tasting so amazing – you’re going to like something or dislike something because of how it TASTES!  It’s why you buy the wine!

So, even though today is just ANOTHER day . . . no fancy date to get people’s attention.  And it’s Thursday, the 13th and not Friday the 13th . . . so nothing exciting there.  Good news is that the world is still here and tomorrow is Friday! We guess, it’s just another day where only the strong survive and we hope that you did just that!  And regardless of your wine of choice, please remember to enjoy it responsibly and recycle whenever possible! 


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Day 103 – Set Your Sights High

Gunsight RockRemember the movie classics?  High Noon?  Twelve O’Clock High? Gunfight At The OK Corral?  Picnic At Black Rock?  We know . . . there are many who will read this and wonder, where in the world did they come up with those movies – well, since today was 12/12/12 . . . we thought it was appropriate to note that: A)…the world did NOT end and B)…we still have to sample, taste and review a wine.  Whew–we can’t tell you how happy we are that the world didn’t end today.  Now, we know that we’ll be dealing with this a week from Friday, but we’ve got almost 10 days of wine sampling between now and then!!!

Did you do anything special today?  Take a picture of your clock or watch with the month, date, year, hour and minute all at the same number?  Really?  Don’t you have anything better to do with your time than taking pictures of your clock?  We laugh at the thought of people opening their photo albums in 25-30 years with pictures from 12-12-12.  Yep, and now you’ve got kids of your own and you get to explain to them the significance of 12-12-12.  You may want to start thinking about it now.  Other than a lot of media hype about the date, what really is supposed to happen today?  Did it happen?  If it did, was it because of the date or was there something—logical—that made it happen?  No, wait, it DIDN’T happen because the date was 12-12-12. . .ahhhh, yes, of course, that’s the answer. . .we didn’t get rain, we didn’t win the lottery, we didn’t sign our favorite coach to a contract. . .ALL because the date today 12-12-12~!!

Tonight we decided to open a wine from our favorite California town, Paso Robles–Gunsight Rock is actually from the Don Sebastiani family of wines and this one sneaks up on you.  As a 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, it’s young and when you pull the cork–there is an intense aroma of smoky oak…toasted to a delicate perfection…as the wine opens up the fruit becomes front and center.  Amazingly, this wine has tannins, structure, fruit forward taste and a terrific oakiness.  We were pleasantly surprised, and with a regular price tag of under $13 and a sale price right at $11 a bottle, this one is good now, but we think it will be even better in 6-9 months.  If you’re fortunate enough to buy this wine–lay it down for the next 6 months.  It will reward you with an amazing bottle of wine!

We bought this at the Central Market wine sale last weekend and were totally impressed by its’ color, structure, nose and taste.  It exceeded what we thought it would deliver in all areas.  Probably a good reason why we buy and try wines differently from place to place.  The wine is full-bodied; it is the essence of the Paso Robles wine country.  We’ve talked plenty about wines from this part of California, so you know we have an automatic bias/preference for wines from this region.  You’ll need to try your own 2010 Gunsight Rock Cabernet Sauvignon.  We like it because we’ve become fans of Cab Sauv grapes from this area, but more than fruit, the wine is delicious and ready to be enjoyed.

Speaking of enjoyed, please remember to enjoy your favorite wine responsibly and recycle whenever possible.