Greetings all, and apologies for the recent radio silence.
In CB Radio Talk, I’ve been no Alligator; rather, I’ve been a bit backed off the hammer, in the granny lane. But now I’m ready to catch you on the flip-flop, and I’ll be cookin’ good shortly, ready to hit the cobblestones, and jaw-jacking in a short-short …
Put another way, I’ve been in the brief valley that lies betwixt the hysteria of harvest and the hysteria of the holidays (The H of the H and the H of the H), where there is only silence, wind, and ghosts.
But with Thanksgiving right around the corner, and the annual “Things I’m Thankful For” post immediately on deck, the time is nigh for a return to the typer, and these ten digits is ready!
So, what’s with the wine and carrot, you might ask? Why, it’s a lovely (and weird!) painting by René Magritte! Who … was born TODAY! In 1898 of course …
And truth be told, it’s just been that kind of week. Why? Because we also noted the birthday (November 19th) of one of my favorite poets, Sharon Olds, who, in “The Planned Child,” gives us one of the most astonishing wine metaphors ever committed to the poetic page:
The Planned Child
I hated the fact that they had planned me, she had taken
a cardboard out of his shirt from the laundry
as if sliding the backbone up out of his body,
and made a chart of the month and put
her temperature on it, rising and falling,
to know the day to make me–I would have
liked to have been conceived in heat,
in haste, by mistake, in love, in sex,
not on cardboard, the little x on the
rising line that did not fall again.
But when a friend was pouring wine
and said that I seem to have been a child who had been wanted,
I took the wine against my lips
as if my mouth were moving along
that valved wall in my mother’s body, she was
bearing down, and then breathing from the mask, and then
bearing down, pressing me out into
the world that was not enough for her without me in it,
not the moon, the sun, Orion
cartwheeling across the dark, not
the earth, the sea–none of it
was enough, for her, without me.
But enough about birthdays, let’s talk about Ridge!
Lots of things happening in Ridge country these days.
For example, the individual who is quite possibly my most favorite of all wine critics, Stephen Tanzer, recently spent a bit of time with our wines, and the results are very much to my liking: 96 points for the 2009 Monte Bello? Thank you very much Mr. Tanzer, so very glad you enjoyed the wine! To see more about his reviews, please click here.
And that’s not all! ‘Twas a good week as well for talkin’ PBTQ.
No, not NRBQ, tho that’s cool too.
No, I’m talkin’ PBTQ, the almighty Price-Break-To-Quality assessment; meaning, how much wine (meant the jazz way, as in, “How much horn were they blowin’?) are ya gettin’ for the money?
How much wine would the wine bottle blow, if the wine bottle could blow jazz?
Consider the recently announced Wine Enthusiast feature, their Top 100 Cellar Selections.
This is essentially their compendium of the 100 most collectable, ageable, cellarable wines available in 2012. Meaning, pretty rarefied company. Now, dig the Top 10. #4? Our 2009 Ridge Vineyards Estate Cabernet! PBTQ factor? Warp Factor 9! It’s the least expensive wine in the Top 10! Meaning, it’s blowin’ a heck of a lot of horn! In fact, you’ve got to go all the way down to the #18 wine before you find a lower price break. That’s some serious PBTQ!
And speaking of the 2009 Estate Cabernet, have you been checking out our 2012 holiday pack releases? If you’re not familiar, this is an annual happening of the rather most greatest importance; a happening in which we shape a rather most groovy assemblage of vino-inventory into the forms of individuated and nuanced holiday offerings, thusly to be made available to none other than all your exceptional y’allness!
The rather most grooviest way to enculturate yourself to this panoply of deliciousness is via our Interactive Holiday Brochure. Astronauts love this, because the future is NOW! To dig, please click here.
And to get back to the Estate Cabernet, you may wish to consider the Estate Cabernet Vertical.
As the legendary tenorman Lester Young might of put it, it wails!
Three vintages of one of the most ageable, cellarable, collectable PBTQ wines on the oeno-landscape, at a price that’ll make you dizzy with boplicity?
It wails! How can you not trust Lester?
Exactly. Lester says it, you believe it, and that settles it.
And with that, we come to the conclusion of this radio broadcast.
Over and out.
Categories: Varietals & Blends, Wine Tales, Cabernet Sauvignon, Monte Bello, Tasting Notes, Wine & Poetry, Wine and Jazz, Wine Quotes, Santa Cruz Mountains Estate, Wine & Music, Oeno Econ, Wine & The Holidays