I had the great honor of once again being invited to a dear friends’ house for an Easter lunch/dinner that was also home to one of a few Thanksgiving Feasts (post is here) I’m grateful to have been invited to. It’s the holidays once again. But not those holidays. They’ll be here before you know it.
Yet; Easter, Passover, Spring, and anything else going on in this time frame is a part of that routine of life that I enjoy. More friends will be wanting to do fun things, inside and out. That means more wine and delicious food to enjoy, and to appreciate.
Another day (which I wrote about last year, link is here) of celebration is Malbec Day or Malbec World Day. These are real days ladies and gentlemen. Since the computer says so I have to believe it. But seriously, links can be found for Malbec World Day and other wine days for more information.
After what I wrote about last year, it was going to be hard to top. But that doesn’t mean the wine can’t be good, great, or even exceptional. But the 2015 Pardrillos from Ernesto Catena Vineyards was missing something. And when I mean missing something, I mean missing a few things. I wanted to like this wine like any wine I purchase.
And look at the horses on the label. How can you not be drawn to that? And the brightness of those colors. I feel it’s one of the any great interpretations and reflections of the season. I didn’t look too hard to find a wine and I feel as if it was just waiting for me.
It was ok on the nose. And with any wine I want to give it a few minutes to breathe if at all possible. Who knows what flavors will develop and enhance after uncorking. However, this is a wine to drink now, so there’s no need to wait too long. You might be able to tell by my writing that I’m going to struggle to find many positives about this wine. And that would be the case.
When I say something is just there, in any context, it’s a disheartening feeling. It comes off as apathetic and lacking any real attachment or emotion to a wine. There’s really nothing to this wine.
I got some darker berries and fruits, slight tannins, and nowhere near as jammy as other reviewers have interpreted. It was enough to drink but it was one of those wines I was waiting to finish so I didn’t have to drink anymore. Perhaps in a different context, or after a couple of glasses of another wine, I may enjoy this.
But I don’t know how better of a setting I could be in. I was with some amazing people, including the hosts, on a beautiful Spring day, with a food spread for the ages. And I mean ages.
We had all the essentials; turkey, ham, greens, deviled eggs, salads, and all kinds of incredible appetizers. The food was gold, I just wish the wine was at or at least approaching that level. I feel disappointed in myself but thankfully other folks brought some amazing wines and beverages (along with that stellar food) that is for sharing.
And that’s what this and any holiday is all about. I just wish my wine could have a memorable part of the celebration.
I could see someone spending under $10 for this, but at $13, which is what I paid, I don’t see the justification. Yes it’s only a few dollars difference but it’s the principle. This is a everyday table wine and nothing more, and nothing less. I think other people will enjoy it, and some of my pals at the party did, but I wasn’t moved.
It’s not a label I’ve seen to frequently in stores and their site isn’t helpful in our search.
What’s most important is the environment I was in. We were welcomed into someone’s home that went above-and-beyond to host a holiday party, and that’s the most important thing to remember. I look forward to many more fun times with genuine and kind people to come. Some will be written about and some will be kept internal.
All I can do is supply the best wine(s) possible and hope I’ve done my part in this.
I hope you truly enjoyed your holiday and wait in anticipation of all the fun Spring is going to bring all of us.
By the way, there’s a reason for the horses. More to come…