Holy crap, it's December already. I got so caught up with Thanksgiving, houseguests and entertaining, that I didn't get to blog at all during the holiday.
Fortunately though, I'm back, and while you'll have to wait for next year before I post on the joys of a dry-brined free-range turkey, I did manage to take photos and copius notes of the wines I've enjoyed in the past week.
First up, a bottle of Newton Unfiltered Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa, CA. I purchased this bottle more than a year ago, and at that time the Newton was drinking well, young and a bit unrefined, but an extremely enjoyable wine.
Fast forward through the year and I am left a bit disappointed by the bottle I opened. Overall it was nice, had the black fruits and just a hint of tobacco, but somehow it fell flat. The tannin structure was present in the wine, but it seemed very one-note. When I drank it last year it tasted fresh and a bit wild, now it just seemed a shadow of itself, nothing bad going on, but overly simple. I wish I had hung onto the bottle longer. I'm wondering if the subtleties and complexities just needed more time to mature before drinking. This is a wine I'll be keeping my eye out for, either the same vintage to try in another year or two, or an earlier vintage to see what other years have grown into.