Carey has been having a tough couple of weeks at work, so when I saw this label, which happened to be on an Australian Pinot Noir in my price range, I was able to relate for her. A simple, effective flow chart:
Your former life → START→ Wake up → Think too much→ Get up → Do job → Go home → Open bottle → Good food → Peace on earth!
Not to mention it’s from R Wines, producer of Chris Ringland Ebenezer Shiraz, a wine I have been an ardent supporter of since I first tasted the 2006 vintage.
I went through a period where I was scouring the Internet for bizarre pieces of outsider art—I envision a wall in a lightly traveled hallway of my house the future outlet for disgruntled eBay artists.
My collection of bizzaros currently sits under my desk in a plastic bag. Carey immediately thought of the Adam Duritz father/son hunting team and the wonky-eyed fish monger when I said I needed a unique backdrop for the Permutations photos. I was a little unsure, but she was confident the overlapping yellow tones would clear up any reader confusion. Hm.
Rusty, rose-colored with decent transparency that is not showing an ultra-filtered glossiness. Nice nose, very gentle spice, soft strawberry and a touch of gum rubber. Light- to medium-bodied with a twist of tart, dark cherry and blueberry that swells in sweetness. Eager tannins behind the juicy, rain-washed fruit with placid undertones of strawberries and cream. No overtly oaky or green, tart, celery characteristics. With those stereotypes behind us, Pinot lovers can purchase this incredible value with confidence.
Teach that fish Christianity, monger boy; you tell ‘im.
[Saratogians, look for Permutations at The Grapevine, Wilton Mall near Target (about $14). Online at Sokolin.]