Is there a little bit of Old Soul in all of us? That’s a question of the ages, or for the soul if you will. If you feel the need to proclaim yourself as one than there’s some more questions you need to be asking. Wait, what am I talking about again? The soul or wine? Are these two entities really that separate from one another? This goes deeper if you want it to.
I had initially brought the Old Soul Pinot Noir from Oak Ridge Winery as a gift so some dear friends. I told them to save it for a special occasion, because there was symbolism and meaning for the recipients of this wine. That conversation and metaphysical discussion will be left between us and the universe. And we’ve all had these in-depth and philosophical meetings at least once (and if we’re fortunate, many more) in our lives. This is the kind of wine that encompasses all that is good with the atmosphere.
So after all that, the special occasion turns out to be a Halloween party? Makes sense if you think about it. Cut out the seriousness, and how fitting of a holiday to serve such a perfect and purposeful wine. Not sure this is the kind of soul discussion I was hoping for. I think you get what I’m referencing.
At my local stores I’ve seen this priced anywhere from $13-$16. I say that’s a fair price and one I’m willing to spend a few more dollars on than my traditional $10 and under purchases.
The immediate stand out is the intense fruits when I uncorked the bottle. What a beautiful array of berries and as the synopsis says, floral tones. I knew I was in for something special. The aura and energy of the wine seemed distinctively familiar. And it may be possible I’ve had this wine or any one of their other varietals. But I think there’s something bigger here. There’s something bigger than us. Maybe it’s the name, the label, that beautiful tree, or all of the above. This wine really hits nerves on a multitude of levels.
And it tastes a lot more fuller than your traditional Pinot, and that’s mainly due in part that it’s blended with Zinfandel. I kept saying to anyone who would listen that this wine was fantastic. Well I would say some pals agreed, or they wanted an alternative from a mixed drink or cold beer. This wine never stood a chance. It was decimated in minutes, and I was lucky to get a second cup in. Seriously, the taste of blackberries and whatever else may be inside the soul was something to savor. I thought I may have gotten some vanilla. Again, as I’ve said before, our palates are all different. We all may get a little something and a little bit of the same with this wine. That’s what makes this so fun.
This is a wine meant to be shared, but more importantly shared with the people you care about the most. Yes, this was a Halloween party and the seriousness should be left at the door and especially when wearing a goofy costume. But this wine really touched my soul. There’s a big picture with this. Which means I must try more, and share it with everyone here.
But for now I’ll leave with some of the foods that were paired with this one. This was early on in the party so you see the easy plates of appetizers such as hummus, pita bread, and some sweet baklava and pastries that were opened later.
All this will be revisited again soon. I’m a huge fan of this wine and think this winery is bringing some of that positive energy that we all need, and what a perfect time to talk about it was we steadily approach the holidays.
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