The week of the Fourth of July, we had family in from out of town for a couple of events. During one of the down days, I was watching some of the boys, while some of the girls went to watch a Softball game that one of our granddaughters was playing in. While with the boys, my Brother-in-Law stopped by with one of his sons for a visit and he brought some wine with him for the visit.
Now my Brother-in-Law is a physician, he also received a Doctorate in Engineering before he started Medical School. He is quite the scholar and a student. While he was over, and I started to open a bottle of wine that he had brought over, he was playing with his I-Pad and was showing me a car that he was researching. Now he has owned some very unique and fun cars since I have known him, and I know that he is very deliberate in what ever has caught his attention and he does studies on the subject, until he is totally satisfied with his research, or he will set his focus on an alternative. I wish that I had his focus and determination.
While he was going on about the virtues of this car, and of all that he had learned about it, I was getting the wine ready to serve and to get some glasses, while we were talking. I think he was explaining some of the mechanics in a simpler form for me, as I am neither an engineer nor a mechanic, but he was very enthralled by all of his research. He is the same way about his wine cellar, so sometimes we have some great discussions about wines, alas that day was not one, but we did enjoy the wine.
The wine he brought over was a Chimney Rock Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 from the Stags Leap District in Napa Valley. I believe that this district was the first American Viticultural Area (AVA) designation in Napa Valley. The area has been growing grapes since the 1870’s, but it was not until the early 1960’s that the Cabernet Sauvignon varietal was planted there, and the grape was an excellent match for the terrain. The wine opened up very quickly and had great color and a good nose. It was a very easy wine for us to have as we were just chatting and relaxing, and thankfully the boys were behaving. It was just a great way to spend the afternoon.