In nearly all instances, it’s better to focus on the positives. I’ll try to do so here. However, it saddens me that a wine such a powerful name, could be so disappointing.
I love throwing around powerful words, such as inspiration and emotion. It feels good just writing about it. So when I stumble upon a wine entitled, Inspired, I take notice. And I was making, what I thought at time time, was an impassioned and life altering purchase. This should have been my destiny. I could not be more wrong.
I was all set to write a, dare I say, inspired post. I was all jazzed up to bring forth some positive energy, that would make you look in the mirror and say, I am awesome and I am here to inspire! No. Not this post. This wine did not live up to these unrealistic expectations. See how I built this up all for nothing?
I was sending friends pictures of this bottle and they all knew, this was a wine hand crafted for me, and it was going to be delicious. A wine for the ages. Absolutely not.
Now it’s not terrible. It’s just not very good. I had a hard time finishing my glass. I’ve had much worse wines but this was a touch below mediocre. I am a fan of Meritage wines and red blends, but this was a bogey. Perhaps their combination of Merlot, Zinfandel, and Petit Verdot doesn’t mesh well. And because I hyped it up so much in my head, it’s plausible that it tastes worse than it really is. This is all a matter of taste and in my mind, but it makes me sad it didn’t live up to my (unrealistic?) expectations.
I had tunnel vision. I saw the label. I saw the word ‘Inspired’, and was sold. If a wine has a cool label, like this one does, I will be extra curious. But just like a book, don’t judge a wine by it’s label. Some of my favorite bottles have the most basic labels. But a pretty one is hard to resist. And the nerd in me really wanted to like this wine.
Looking through the incomplete website, you see spine chilling images, of folks doing and quotes that get cut off across the homepage. Just another line in a comedy of errors.
Believe me, I really wanted to like this wine. I wanted to crown it as an achievement in my tasting experience, but that won’t be happening.
As always, just because I wasn’t happy with it, doesn’t mean that you’ll yield the same results. We all have different palates. Our preferences evolve as we evolve. Maybe a few years ago, Inspired, would have done just that. The raw emotion will have to wait another day, or the next uplifting moment could be just a post away.