Tis the season for sharing, celebrating, reflecting, and of course, drinking great wine. With Thanksgiving swiftly passing us by so soon and Christmas shortly approaching, I thought I’d dedicate a simple posting on a few of my favorite wines that I am thankful for having tasted lately. As a Christmas baby and proud child of 1985, I find it only natural that I show some seasonal cheer for such a joyous set of holidays and an absolutely superb vintage. Oh, and ’85 was a great year for wine as well!
Drink well and be merry everyone!
Touchais Coteaux du Layon 1985
Reminding me of my spiritual journeys to Buddhist monastaries, this divinely amber colored wine smells of ripe persimmon, kumpquat, bitter mandarin, sage, and sweet ginger. Its luscious heart is still beating with glistening acidity as it further inspires with its notes of masala spice and a tranquil vanilla bean finish. This extraordinary wine puts me at instant inner peace.
Like a male ballerina leaping across a stage, this deep tawny colored wine dances to the bold scents of dried raisin, prune, blood orange peel, fennel, cumin, and turmeric. At maturity yet still laced with the youthful tannin and acidity of a red apple peel, this Barolo continues to twirl onto the palate with black cherry, red rose water, truffle, cocoa beans, and tar.
1985 Corton Charlemagne Tollot-Beaut & Fils
As scrumdiddlyumptious as a holiday gift basket full of sweet and savory goodies, this delightfully golden wine unravels aromas of yellow apple, pear, dried pineapple, pecan pie, and toasted peanut brittle. This wine comes wrapped up with a voluptuous body and shimmering acidity along with a spicy white pepper finish.
Rustic as if concocted during the days of Prohibition, this deep ruby wine lets out aromas of dried black currant, cloves, sweet chili pepper, and aniseed. Still incredibly tannic yet in a smooth expression, this wine shows amazing youthfulness and further engages the palate with its notes of dried roses, nutmeg, and spicy cola on the finish.