I recently scored a double eagle! In golf, a double eagle is an extremely rare score of scoring three strokes under par on one hole. This double eagle was not in the golf sense of the term, but in the literal sense of a beautiful bottle of wine sealed in wax and decorated with leather.
You may wonder about the story behind this unique acquisition. So, here goes, the other evening my husband and i were able to leave the kids with their grandparents and enjoy a piece of our wine country home. It’s not the usual occurrence by any means, but a welcome change of pace. We decided to act like tourists and pop into a local tasting venue.
This particular place, Sonoma Enoteca, showcases local small production wineries. As luck would have it one of the winemakers, Vance Rose, was pouring a few of his labors of love. So, we were able to learn a little about his vineyard which lays atop a breathtaking road and literally straddles Napa and Sonoma Counties. Ironically, my Italian husband cycles past this divine spot on his Italian bike on a weekly basis. I digress.
As wine tastings usually go we started by tasting a very light and crisp white wine. A lover of complex flavorful bold reds like Petite Syrah or Zinfandel, I was quite looking forward to trying something meatier.
So, I tried a local zin, which was satisfactory, but then something magical happened. The winemaker poured a taste from a very different bottle. Adorned with a leather label and sealed in wax, this wine had all the fixings of being something special. The Double Eagle was a red blend with Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. It was rich, deep, yet smooth and fruity. Sipping it was a beautiful moment.
If that wasn’t enough, the winemaker had stumbled across a bottle from the prior vintage, 2009. As he dusted it off, it seemed like fate. That bottle now sits awaiting a special occasion, a double eagle.
Who knows when that double eagle worthy of opening this bottle will occur. In the golf sense it could be awhile if I’m playing that is. My husband, well, that’s a different story. But I’m looking forward to life’s double eagle which in my book will be three occurrences worthy of celebration. Or maybe the wine itself will be the occasion. I’ll let you know.