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Day 218 – Seeking Bluebonnets

Seeker malbecSpringtime in the Hill Country = wildflowers, warm days, cool nights and wine to make the day complete . . . is a time for new beginnings.  We’ve seen the bluebonnets in the Hill Country after cold, wet winters, and we’ve seen them during warm, sunny and dry days!  We are seekers.  We seek wines that define who we are!  or, as it’s been  put with the wind in your hair and the uncharted ahead, you command the helm. You follow your compass toward fortune. You wander by land and sea and stars and sky, because for you there is no other way. To each man a fate and to each fate, a fury itching to fly. But don’t worry, you’re in good company; we’re flying beside you.  Nice, but it doesn’t tell the full story.

This wine . . . a 2011 Malbec from our friends in Mendoza, Argentina.  What we like is a smooth and robust, with juicy, ripe black cherry flavors and a lingering, spicy finish.  On top of really great growing areas.  Low carbon footprint: special lightweight glass, sustainable farming, winery recycling program and more.   This is a delicious wine with lots of fruit – gushing from the minute the cork is popped!  It’s got a finish of vanilla and tobacco, that for us, is really hard to beat.  We like it because it’s got a beautiful color, awesome structure and a finish that keeps on going.  It’s rare to find wines that are so complete.

Having spent the afternoon and early evening riding in the jeep with the top off in search of the ever-elusive bluebonnets, we’ve decided that even though this year isn’t as “good” as last year, there are plenty of flowers to look at!  From McKinney Falls State Park to Spicewood’s Narrows’ recreation area, we saw some magnificent pictures!  When the sun is warm and the breeze happily matches, it’s springtime in the Hill Country.  And, while this year hasn’t been stellar compared to previous years in the bluebonnet department, we’ve found a number of stellar wines and the bottom line is this that wine is GOOD.

It’s late and this is brief, but we want you to try this amazingly delicious wine.  Remember to enjoy your favorite wine responsibly and recycle whenever possible.