Seattle Wine Blog

This blog is dedicated to commentary on all aspects of wine, especially short entries to help you find the best wines without the usual hype and spin. These are my frank, independent opinions, usually based on tasting wine at a public event, off the shelf or at the winery. "All creative acts must arise out of a specific soil and flicker with a spirit of place" -D.H. Lawrence

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

The Myth of Pindar?

Pindar Vineyards (on the North Fork of Long Island, New York) produces a Bordeaux style blend, or as the label says a Meritage, combining all the the classic grapes of Bordeaux - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot listed on the label by percentages. This might lead one to expect a big wine that would age well. Apparently, not so. When we first had a bottle of 2000 Pindar Mythology two years ago it was quite beautiful, smooth, and velvety and it even vaguely resembled the "100 point" winner 2003 Quilceda Creek Cabernet. Alas, a more recent bottle had a medium claret color with no brown edges and a great complex nose of violets, lilacs, mushrooms and toast, but in the mouth the fruit had faded leaving a residue of acid and tannin so typical of a wine that is too old. Old at seven years? It certainly didn't last anywhere near as long as the long-lived Greek poet Pindar who might have sung it's praises for winning the battle, only to find that it had lost the war. Mission accomplished? Lenndevours - this is your bailiwick, what do you think?


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