A few good ones

It would seem I’m posting quite a bit of late about beverages. It’s what I’ve got, so please bear with me.

Previously on the blog I posted about the first of Grand Dad’s *good* wines I’ve had the chance to sample. I must say, that ’79 Mondavi Pinot was awesome.

Tonight we went newer. When I was sorting I came across more than a few bottles of BV Rutherford Cabernet from ’96. For those of you that don’t know, ’96 was an epic year for Napa Reds. For example, Fetzer released a Valley Oaks Cab (which, in my opinion, is always great) that was a ’96. Wine Spectator got a hold of a bottle and gave it a pretty high ranking. I don’t remember what, but I think it was high 90’s. That happened shortly after the ’96 was off the shelves. Fetzer, being of sound body and mind, re-released the ’96 at **triple** the original price. Should you come across a bottle, I highly recommend it.

Back to the BV. Like I said, I came across a couple of bottles of the ’96. I had the sense to stick one of those in the cabinet, but in the back. As it turned out, tonight was the night it got opened.

I’m a big fan of the red wine if I’m honest. I’m all about a good cab, zin or pinot. I am especially all about the BV Cab, which usually runs about $20 a bottle from Costco and other places for current (’02/’03) vintages. I’m pretty sure the ’96 would be quite a bit more expensive.

This bottle was fantastic. Peppery, a hint of cinnamon, very mild oak and a nice berry finish. It was, as I mentioned above about the ’96’s, epic.

Should you get the opportunity, I highly recommend it.

By Don

Lead bottle washer at donburnside.com, host at whiteroofradio.com and tech guru for the MotoringFile family of sites.

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