30 Jan 2008

Dark Fields of Discovery

'Old King Cole was a merry old soul, And a merry old soul was he; He called for his pipe, he called for his glass, And he called for his fiddlers three...'
NAMED AFTER King Coel of Colchester, alleged grandfather of Constantine the Great, Carter's Vineyard's '05 is strikingly packaged and skilfully blended. A quartet of 'household names' contribute to its intense, dried blood appearance: Saperavi hybrid, Rondo, Germany's second most planted red grape, Dornfelder, teinturier (I.E. with red juice) Dunkelfelder, meaning 'dark fields', and Pinot Noir. On the nose sweet aromas of violets, bosque floor and wood spice endear; on the palate berry skins and soft, but tangible tannins. My French colleague said "The English can make good wines"... A German customer tried it, liked it, then dismissed it on discovering its provenance. Wine is a revelatory tool. Taste is truth.
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Pictured: the powers that be would burst a blood vessel. An elderly, molting feline relaxes in a local greengrocer! Being human is such a fuss.