I am so relieved tonight…so relieved that I opened one of the special wines from the “Cab Closet.” Of all the wines I stash away, Cabernets are by far the highest in number. I always feel like I need a special occasion to open one of these babies. Today is Thursday – that’s special, isn’t it? Granted I am feeling relieved about not having to move (more on that in a minute) but truth be told, I decide this morning that I was going to open something from the Cab Closet. Let me back up. I came home to find a Notice of Default attached to the house I’m renting. It said that the owner had not been paying the mortgage and that the foreclosure process was about to begin. I freaked. This isn’t my dream house and there are actually some things I look forward to leaving behind when I do move, but I was planning on staying another year before having to get my act together and pull together another move. I also don’t want to move over 200 bottles of wine…again. My dad I moved 2 car loads to California and then back a year ago and I can honestly say that it was a beast. It was the toughest part of either inter-state move. So when I thought I was going to have to move in 30-60 days, I decided to start drinking the Cabs. Thankfully, the owner of the house and I talked today and I found out that he’s in the process of renegotiating his terms with a different lender and that the house is not headed for foreclosure. When I got home, I saw the Cab that I’d set out earlier in the morning and figured, “What the hell?” So I had a terrific bottle of 2003 DeLoach O.F.S. Cabernet! There is a scene in “Sideways” where Miles talks to Maya about waiting for a special occasion to open a rare bottle of wine that he’s been holding. Her response is along the lines of…opening the bottle IS the special occasion. I’ll drink to that.
DeLoach 03 Cabernet OFS – Russian River Valley
- Wine Info: 98.5% Cabernet Sauvignon; 1.5% Petite Verdot
- Appearance: Ruby red
- Nose: Blackberries and a hint of floral – can’t pin point what kind though
- Taste: Great fruit, cherries initially and then it almost tastes like the skin of a plum
- Price Range: $30 – $40
- Finish: Slight tannins but really a very mellow Cab with lingering cherries
- Remarks: This was a great Cab and it took me back to when I bought it. Dad and I were together on our first Sonoma trip (right after he helped me move to California) when I bought this. He knew and liked this winery, but I’d never heard of it. It didn’t take long for me to realize that they had a lot of good wines. I bought this Cab and Pinot Noir.