We will be seeing The Caller in a couple of weeks, and I had gotten some messages from him, but since I try to stay ahead of my writings, I am just getting to it. Of course, he always lets me know when he is having a good time without us. I guess that is just so that I know that he is around and he had a dinner and recorded some of the wines that he enjoyed.
The first wine that he tried was Markham Vineyards Cellar 1879 Blend 2013 from Napa Valley. This wine is dedicated to Jean Laurent who built the original building on the grounds of the winery. It is a blend of Merlot, Syrah, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. It was aged for twelve months in oak, and twenty-nine percent was new oak. This sounds like a wine for The Caller as he likes his wine big and with the first three varietals, I think he got a well-rounded taste and even a little Cabernet Franc adds to the flavor.
The second wine that he gave me was Vina Eguia Rioja 2014 which is all Tempranillo. This winery was established in 1973 in Elciego and was purchased by Bodegas Muriel in 2010. Eguia is a Basque word, that language that is all its own that is still used in that part of Spain and the work means “truth.” He has been enjoying wines from the Rioja, since the first bottle that I introduced to him, several years ago.