I like to write lists. There’s something very satisfying about organizing information in such a simple, cogent, and digestible manner. To-do lists give a sense of accomplishment (or perhaps, on those less productive days, a sense of failure). Reading them can give you a sense of purpose and ambition. Take for example, the success of the “1000 Things to Do Before You Die” series of books: 1000 Places to See Before You Die, 1000 Books to Read Before You Die, and even 1000 Wines to Try Before You Die.
There’s something undeniably simplistic and limiting about this approach, though. Time critic Lev Grossman called lists, speaking of literary ones, “basically an obscenity.” And in many ways, they are. So much goes into a book, wine, or piece of art, that to reduce them to a number on a list really does seem like sacrilege. Lists inherently leave something out and privilege one set of experiences over another.
But, gosh, are they fun. Both reading and writing lists is irrationally entertaining. So, just a heads up, I might be indulging my list craving from time to time on this blog, popping up with a frivolous obscenity to fascinate and titillate (myself, if no one else). Without further ado…
Top 10 Wines at LUSH I Want to Drink Right Now (Or: Why Do I Torture Myself?)
10.) 2006 Odysseus Rosado (Priorat, Spain) — a delicious blend of Grenache and Carignan. Think: strawberry custard, cream, and flowers. Perfect with smokey tapas.
9.) NV Godme Pere et Fils Blanc de Noirs (Verzenay, Champagne, France) — I tried this 100% Pinot Noir Champagne at a tasting a while back and can’t get the taste out of my mouth. Brioche, apricot, lemon, minerals, with a nutty finish. Yumm!
8.) 2005 Bindi Composition Chardonnay (Victoria, Australia) — I don’t get excited about Chardonnay that often unless it says “Burgundy” on the label. But this one is awesome. Piercing, laser-like acidity and supple fruit. Like drinking from an alpine spring (or what I imagine that would be like).
7.) 2005 Travieso “The Other Program” Sangiovese (Sonoma, California) — I just love California Sangiovese. All New World-y with its gushy fruit, but having an obvious tug from the Old World with dusty tannins and bright acidity.
6.) 1995 Chateau Musar (Lebanon) — Okay, so it’s not in the store right now, but ETA from Lebanon is in about 2 weeks. This wine, a blend of mainly Cab, Carignan, and Grenache, is crazy and awesome. Sweet red fruit, gritty earth, and baking spices on a transparent and layered body. SO. GOOD.
5.) 2005 Dr. Thanisch Bernkasteler Doctor Spatlese Riesling (Mosel, Germany) — According to legend, Prince Boedemund II of Trier was healed from a serious illness by ample consumption of wine from the Bernkasteler vineyard. Upon his miraculous recovery, he exclaimed, “The very best doctor growers are on this Mosel mountain.” And from this time on, the vineyard was called Bernkasteler Doctor. Ummm…yes, please.
4.) 2002 Sean Thackery Aquilla Sangiovese (Mendocino, California) — I won’t bore you with another love letter to Mr. Thackery…let’s just say I’m a fan of his wines. They are cerebral, captivating, and delicious. And they all smell like — among other things — Eucalyptus.
3.) 2006 Owen Roe Slide Mountain Cabernet Franc (Yakima Valley, Washington) — Love Owen Roe. Love Cab Franc. I will love this wine, I’m quite sure.
2.) 2000 Arietta Variation One (Napa, California) — I’m a sucker for interesting winemaking techniques, and John Kongsgaard got me with this one: the Merlot and Syrah that make up this wine are blended pre-crush. Wild! This wine is gamey and earthy, yet delicate and ethereal. Truly astounding.
1.) 2005 Domaine Romanee Conti La Tache (Burgundy, France) — I thought I would throw a real fantasy one in there, just for the hell of it. Legendary juice in a legendary vintage. Must be pretty good, I figure.
Thanks for reading!