I posted HERE about my pre-debate wine. I chose it for a number of reasons, not the least of which was the fact that my wife has a big test tomorrow and I figured she would abstain. Well, we were engaging our boys in our nightly “Tell me three things that you did today.” I make them answer in French (they go to a French language school), which resulted in some brilliant nuggets offered by our two knuckleheads:
“On m’a donné un coup de pied sur la tête.”
“J’ai avalé ma gomme par hasard.”
“I got kicked in the head.”
“I accidentally swallowed my eraser.”
Then there was another voice:
I hemmed. I hawed. As I was hemming and hawing, she grabbed a glass. She grabbed the bottle. She gave herself a full-pour (that is at least 6 ounces or one fourth of the bottle). Given this new challenge, I decided to compete.
So I chugged. And refilled (although I refrained from the full-pour party foul).
You might cry: “That’s real mature!”
This was survival of the drunkest. She countered quickly. Before we knew it, the bottle was empty and I was depressed. That bottle was supposed to last long into the debate.
“The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang aft agley.”
It was minutes before 8:00 and I was out of wine. I felt like I needed just one more glass to sip while watching the candidates try to out lie one another. My wife went upstairs to study with a (perceived) smug look on her face. Clearly she did not realize that I knew my way to the cellar and I was not afraid to ‘go there’.
And I did.
I was already on a Pinot kick (albeit a rosé), the 2011 De Ponte Pinot Noir Rosé (which was fabulous), and I needed more Pinot. The Choice was clear:
2006 Fess Parker AMERICAN TRADTION Reserve: The Presidential Debate seems to have become an ‘American Tradition’–I am not sure if that is a good thing. Did the debate help to change your mind at all? Were you ‘undecided’ and now are ‘decided’? Be honest!
There also seems, interestingly, to be some debate about this wine. The Cellar Tracker reviews are mixed (there are only four, but I am trying to create some drama here), ranging from 81-90 points. For me, there is some heat on the nose (alcohol is listed at 14.9%), masking the fruit initially. On the palate, black cherry and eucalyptus, but the heat is still there, thus challenging the balance a bit. The medium to longish finish helps round out the wine, and I lean toward the upper end of the mixed CT ratings. Very Good to Excellent. 87-89 Points.
Being the political junkie that I am, I also enjoyed the debate, even though it too lacked balance, and given that I believe that wine is mostly about context the one glass of this wine was perfect. I considered having another glass, but I feared that if I did, the debate would also continue. I am looking forward to revisiting the wine tonight and will be curious if I will still find it as engaging without the candidates encouraging me to drink. I feel that I still will find it enjoyable for no reason other than the fact that this is available for purchase from their winery: