I’ve been noticing on my Facebook page lately several of my friends quietly begrudging the end of summer. As August is slowly turning to September and nights are beginning to call for sweaters, we must begin to bid “Adieu” to the glorious warm days of summer. It’s almost time to replace our popsicles with pumpkins, our sun block for scarves. Trips to lake will soon be trips to hay rides and pumpkin patches. I welcome the beginning of fall every year with open arms. I love the time of harvest. I love boots and sweaters. I love the colors as the leaves change. For me, the Earth is never as beautiful as it is when our glorious Northwest changes seasons.
Tonight is a chilly night, not enough to send me indoors, but enough that a companion in the color of red would be required to help stave off the goosebumps. I had really wanted a Merlot, that sounded wonderful tonight. While I have a few to choose from, I feared my husbands disappointment for tapping into perhaps his favorite red while he is still slaving away at work, doing what needs done to keep my habit afloat. Next time. It has been some time since I wrote on a Merlot. So, instead I grabbed a bottle I picked up a few weeks ago for the sole purpose of this blog. A label I’ve never heard of before (but with over 730 wineries in the state, that is not a surprise). Another Cabernet Sauvignon from the Columbia Valley: Thorny Rose.
I know absolutely nothing about Thorny Rose. I usually try to look up a history before I sit down to write up my review, but tonight I’m not able to do so. Perhaps a newer winery? Perhaps their website http://www.thornyrosewines.com is just not yet fully developed. Whatever it is, I find them a bit mysterious. Much like their wine label for this 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon: dark, seductive, almost sexy in a way. If this is the image Thorny Rose is after, it is working. I try to not judge a wine by its label, but this one definitely caught my eye. Sometimes I think I turn into a man when I see wine, “Did it hurt when you fell? From Heaven?”
Shroud in a cloak of darkness, the deep purple color is just like that of the label. The wine opens up with aromas of dark berries and strawberries. Flavors of soft cherries and blackberries seduce the palate; a mysterious wine suddenly softens with earthy spices and cocoa on a lingering finish. The tannins soften with time in this medium-bodied wine.
Thorny Rose 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon: ★★★★☆ great wine!
Just as wonderful as this wine was the price tag. I picked it up (on sale) for just under $9. I believe the original price was around $13, so perhaps an introductory price point. It will most definitely be worth the higher price, most assuredly a steal when I picked it up! As of the time of this post, online ordering is not an option, though I suspect it will be in the future. So far I have seen this wine at several different grocery stores, I imagine you can find it fairly easily.
My husband just got home. “I don’t like it” was his verdict. Ah, to each their own. For every palate there is a wine, and for every wine there is a palate….
Have you tried this wine before? Please leave your thoughts in the comments below!