I was recently a guest on the We Like Drinking podcast (episode 66), hosted by wine blogger Jeff Eckles and beer brewer Jim Myers. Which, in a few moments, will have me talking about expensive Cabernet, Michael Fassbender, and new American Viticultural Areas. Just maybe not in that order.
You can listen to the NSFW proceedings here, during which you will quickly learn why the podcast is so aptly-titled. I had a great time rapping with the guys and sharing opinions on wine, politics, the Synek Kickstarter campaign, and the shocking news that Cuba is apparently running out of beer.
As so often happens on the occasions when people ask me questions, we went way over our allotted time, but I’m not going to say that it wasn’t entertaining!
I feel compelled to give at least a quick mention to very interesting (and very expensive) wine that I chose from the sample pool to drink during my podcast appearance, in the off-chance that you find yourself in a situation in which it’s being offered (the short take is that you probably won’t want to turn it down)…
2012 Covert Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Coombsville, $175)
This Cab is new, times two. First, it’s a new Napa Valley estate, founded by the folks behind Azur Wines and Nicholson-Jones Wines. It’s also part of the first batch of wines being labeled under the Coombsville designation, which at the time of this writing is Napa’s brand-spakin’-newest AVA. Julien Fayard, whose background includes time put in at Château Lafite-Rothschild, Smith Haut Lafitte, and Quintessa, handled the winemaking duties.
As you’d expect from pricey NV Cab, this is supple and approachable now, but isn’t lacking for structure (particularly a not-so-expected raciness) that suggests aging potential. It’ll be fairly difficult to wait on it, however; the wine is delicious, and deceptively powerful (prediction: hangovers). It’s also complex: dark fruitiness, lingering wood spiciness, a sprig of herbs, and graphite for days. Indulging in a bit of personification, I’d say that it’s almost annoyingly good-looking and talented, yet lacking an easy target of overt self-possession; thus inspiring a jealous hatred in you but forgiving you for it at the same time.
F*cking hell, it’s basically Michael Fassbender in a bottle.