Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Sincerely Good Wine

I just love surprises, at least when they come with inexpensive bottles of wine.


Case in point: I just opened a bottle of 2004 Sincerely Shiraz from Neil Ellis Wines of South Africa. We all know what to expect from inexpensive shiraz -- lots of jammy fruit with an exuberant, friendly personality.

At first blush, this $14 wine was exactly what I expected. Dark purple in the glass, it was brimming over with charming black cherry flavors and a bit of cassis. It seemed like a great sipping wine or a terrific wine to match up with burgers or pizza.

But then I walked away from half a glass of this quaffer and got busy. It was an hour later before I returned to it. Prepared to knock back the rest quickly, I suddenly froze, glass under my nose. Was this the same wine? Suddenly I was smelling leather and smoke. What a fascinating wine! Now I was forced to take my time and savor. I was stung by the realization that I almost didn't do this wine any real justice at all.

I gather that the 2005 vintage is now available, but if you can find any more of the 2004 -- buy it. And, I love the fact that it comes with a screw top -- the way every wine meant to be drunk young should.

19 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't you love the comlexity of it? Amazing what happens when we let things 'come together'. Sounds like a great deal!

10:31 PM  
Blogger Austenesque said...

I love that smokiness that so many of the S African wines have!

Where did you find this one?

5:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice note. I'll be looking forward to reading more -- hopefully just like this one -- for WBW30 in two weeks. It's "New World Shiraz" and I think I'd like to discover some more that go beyond Australia.

6:28 PM  
Blogger JD said...

Deb, you are absoltely right. I've been at this a while, but I still find myself too often impatient. What a lesson this was.

Em, same place!! I made a really great score two weeks ago and I'm still writing about it. Isn't that cool?

Marcus, thanks. I'm going to check it out.

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