There’s a full moon coming this Saturday (November 4th), and if you’re superstitious like me, you look for signs of the crazies leading up to the full moon. Maybe the day before or the day before that bookend the day the moon is at its fullest each month is where you might things seem out of sorts. And before I start pointing fingers, I also look at myself. Have I been acting goofy? Have I not been myself? I can attribute it to the moon, the starts, the universe, and everything that’s beyond my control.
Some things are beyond our comprehension. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on who you talk to) we also just take things at face value, and not seeing that their might be something bigger than us. This is how I go about drinking wine and writing about it. This is also how I go about a lot of things.
This whole week and these past couple of months have seen majors changes in me, my life, my peers, but overall the life around me is evolving. It’s a new normal which just becomes normal after a while. It’s fight or flight, or go into hiding.
Well I’m not ready to go into hiding. There’s plenty of great wine to be had and it’s November, the official start of holiday month, which actually lasts two months. It’s one of the most beautiful times of the year and a great time to be alive. The wine is going to hopefully match the sentiments of the time of year and the gathering that are to come.
But first, I need one for me and and only me. And this goes for all of us, the best time to appreciate wine is any time and way you want.
I received a most intriguing Christmas gift last year, in the form of the 2012 Carneros Pinot Noir from Valley Of The Moon Winery of the Sonoma Valley.
It was sitting in the most beautiful of decorative bags all these months just waiting to be opened. Well it was worth the wait. It had the look and feel of a bottle over $20. And I don’t just mean the label. I had a sense that this isn’t an everyday wine to just crack open for no good reason.
Well today I did just crack it open, and the reasons are whatever I want them to be.
I absolutely adore this wine. It has a presence and energy that just begs to be awesome. And it’s so awesome. I love a good Pinot Noir and this to me has more of a medium bodied feel than the lighter ones we’re used to. The oak along with hints of fall make it feel a little bolder than what a Pinot Noir may traditionally be.
And a huge thanks to my pals for this most charming of wine glasses.
When I say hints of fall, it could be the fact that the temperatures continue to drop and the days are getting shorter.
Along with the full moon, daylight savings time ends this weekend. That could be a double dose of chaos, or it could just be nothing. But in researching their 2014 Pinot that is available for purcahse, the notes mention toasted oak and cinnamon sticks. Yes, this is fall ladies and gentlemen!
The 2012 Notes mention aromas of cherry, honeysuckle, and currant. Cherry is easy to recognize, along with cranberry but the the additions of ginger, nutmeg, and vanilla confirm everything. This is the perfect wine for this time of year. I’m enjoying my bottle slowly as I write this to you. Yes I took plenty of time to appreciate this without photos and without writing, and will do so upon completion. It’s too good not to take your sweet time with.
I want to thank another dear friend for providing me the yummy food that is featured with my vino. The meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and cabbage is a hearty meal that pairs perfectly. And this is a wine that can be had with just about anything. It’s that versatile.
This is why sometimes it pays to go outside of the $10 range of wines and splurge a little bit. This is a gem and I’m so grateful to receive it as a gift and the timing to share it with everyone sounds about right.
Funny thing is I’ve never seen this wine in stores. Since I received this gift I still have yet to see it in nearly a year. I wonder with this celebration of my first Valley Of The Moon wine, will I start seeing it in wine shoppes somewhere along the way.
I can only hope.
For more on Valley Of The Moon, here is their story, their list of wines, and options for purchase online.
Happy Full Moon and End Of Daylight Savings Time to you this weekend. I guess that’s something to celebrate, I think. But there’s no question this is a wine to be celebrated and appreciated.
I appreciate and celebrate this one so much.
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Valley of the Moon also produces a terrific Cabernet Sauvignon. The label doesn’t seem to be widely available where we live either, but we find it in Total Wine. It costs about $17-$19 but tastes like $25-$30 – a good bang for the buck!