A goodbye to a good town. Carey fired-up the stove for the last time tonight and I picked the last bottle of wine out fridge. I poured a glass and sat down on the couch and asked Eli to join me for a talk.
“E, it’s time we told you. If you haven’t noticed, the reason we have been packing the boxes you’ve been chewing holes in for the last month is because we are moving away. That’s right; this is our second to last night.”
He did not react well:
[Last man standing: 2005 Clos Du Val Merlot.]
From my tasting notebook:
A Merlot that dares to be different, and/or not boring. It’s dark and vegetal, offering deep fruit sweetness tamed. It’s neither vanilla- or oak-sodden. Blended with 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc, and pure old world chemistry, at $17 the CDV Merlot gives the Right Bank of Bordeaux a big old smack.
The nose is rich, dark and spicy, stinking brilliantly of leather, tobacco, and licorice. Impressive acidity and smart tannins—some of which have fallen as sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Regal black fruit, blackberry and blueberry, and a finish that floats like a silk ribbon.
House, you have served us well. This is bittersweet, but certainly right. Most of all, I will miss sitting at the C&C live desk (couch and coffee table), Eli perched at my shoulder and Carey just off to my right, lying on a sheepskin rug in front of the fire, whirring away on her laptop.
See you in a few days from VT!