Last Wednesday I cooked Alli a home-made dinner for her birthday 😉 So naturally, I chose wines to pair with it.
I was looking forward to trying the 2004 Qupe Bien Nacido Hillside Estate syrah from the Santa Maria valley. Unfortunately, when I opened the bottle well in advance of dinner, it smelled dead ;( I still decanted it for a solid hour to make sure, but it was dead beyond a doubt. Too bad, as I would have liked to try it, especially after the assorted awards it won.
I went to my second choice, a Molly Dooker 2007 “Two Left Feet.” This wine was awesome! It’s an unusual blend of syrah and “sparky Marquis” grapes. The result is an unusual taste, with a huge, blunt front end but balanced on the back end with the lingering sophistication of a nice syrah. It might be a little early to drink this wine, or maybe the front end will stay that bouncy for a while, I don’t know.
Unfortunately that Molly Dooker is tough to get, not just here in the states, but everywhere I ask. Limited production, sold out… But I’d love to try it again.