Remember when I first started this blog I “fessed up” and let everyone know that I’m not a wine snob, not even close! I love wine and learn something new about it daily. One evening we decided to open up a bottle of the 2007 Estate Reserve Heritage, a wine club selection which had not yet been released to the public. It is 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot. We had stored it in a rack and poured it directly into glasses. The nose on it was fragrant and it was a beautiful rich garnet red, but it had sediment swirling through it. Novice that I am, I complained on Twitter about the sandiness of this wine. The glory of social media is split second responses and I was impressed that Keswick acknowledged my concern. Kat Schornberg quickly explained the necessity of decanting unfiltered wines and let me know they would be happy (probably not real happy since this really is a very good bottle, and possibly a future medal winner) to replace it. Yesterday I made my way out to Keswick with a friend and we enjoyed a tasting with Carrie Brown pouring. Carrie is always cheerful and fun and makes it a point to remember repeat visitors and wine club members. We especially liked the Norton Chocolate sauce drizzled on Nabisco wafers.
Stephen Barnard , Keswick’s winemaker, came out and brought the notorious ( in a good way) bottle of Heritage. I think he really wanted to see how dumb I was in person! So, now I can’t wait to try this bottle again. I did have to laugh when I read HIS blog post To Filter or No to Filter by Stephen the Sediment Slayer in which he relays my story from a vintner”s perspective!
Anyway, my new motto is “I Shall Decant my Unfiltered Wine!”