Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Most Important Bank

On Christmas Eve , a bottle of  1995 Chateau Montrose Saint Estephe wine appeared on the counter.

65% Cabernet, 25% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the wine is dark as midnight on a moonless night.

This is an intelligent wine determined to seduce you. Like a good lover, it doesn't rush. It is content to luxuriate in the glass, tempting your tongue as it engages in tasty foreplay. Smooth cherry tones bide their time beneath rich tannins, peaking out every now and again, like lace lingerie from under a velvet gown.

If you are ever so fortunate to spend a night with this beauty- Let her breathe in the fresh air before wetting the tongue. The longer you resist, the fuller the experience.

I don't expect to have this wine again. Yet I shall treasure the memory of the time I spent with it.  In a glass, I tasted all the singular moments in life that never come back- yet are good enough to stand on their own, fondly and forever in the most important bank we ever deal with. The memory bank.

At this writing, different vintages of this wine is in stock at The Old and Rare Wine Company 1518 Harvard Street, #6, Santa Monica CA 90404 phone 310-829-5390. 


  1. Lydia,

    You didn't tell us where the wine came from or who put it on your counter.
    It sounded like I was reading a steamy novel there for a bit. lol
    I just cannot drink dark red wines but so glad you enjoyed it.
    Ever think of writing a romance novel?? :):)

    Hugs, Trisha

  2. Hi Trish!

    The details left out make the wine stand out as a tightly focused portrait. Adding the factural details changes the result to a more open landscape. Each has its place.

    If providence allows, I should like to write as the Dutch master's painted. With passion.

  3. Your wine sounded heavenly. Thanks for sharing drools...


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