While he was on his way over, he called and said, “I have a special bottle of wine, go put on something decent.” He knew I was planning to drink in my house clothes.
They say a bottle of wine is only as important as who you share it with. This is particularly true for this bottle of Caymus. My best friend of over 15 years was leaving to do his masters in Oxford in a few weeks. We were deciding if we should go out on a rager, but quickly decided we were too lazy to get dressed up. We had planned to drink a few bottles at home and hang out instead. While he was on his way over, he called and said, “I have a special bottle of wine, go put on something decent.” He knew I was planning to drink in my house clothes. Not knowing what he was bringing, I lightly splashed my face with water and waited for him to arrive. My husband was also in his shirt and boxers.
When he got here and we realized what we were about to open, I quickly got changed into something a little better. One should show some respect to a $200 bottle of wine. My husband, lazy to change, instead offered to do the decanting, pouring and setting up the video to catch the moment.
As a big fan of the Napa cab, this bottle of Caymus exemplifies its true essence. Deep fruit flavors of cassis and cocoa with hints of vanilla, it goes down so smoothly. I learned that this wine is not produced on a bad year. The increased ‘ hang time’ technique risks the loss of crop if an early winter comes. The grapes are allowed to hang on the vine for a longer period of time to increase color, suppleness and an overall increasing of ripeness add to its rich flavor. I served his favorite cold cuts, truffle noir cheese and some junk food.
As my best friend said, “Good wine doesn’t give you a hang over.” It also inspired such good conversation between us all as we solidified our friendship even more before he took the next big journey in his life.