Since wine and Valentine’s day co-create a mutually parasitic relationship, Fern and I celebrated this year by squawking from our balcony and surveying the contours of our personal kingdom. In other words, we giggled and drooled over our funny little love with a bottle of Two Birds from Cuckoo’s Nest Cellars.
It was definitely a froggy wine that leaped right out of the bottle. Grown in the local Illinois Valley of Southern Oregon, this 2011 blend (52% Cabernet Sauvignon 48% Syrah) paired perfectly with our Lamb dinner. Delivered direct by the local wine maker, estate grown, and only $11.95, very little could make this bottle more attractive.
- Tasting: A big bright pepperberry like if a cranberry and black pepper kernel got it on in a cabaña and made a funny looking but tasty baby. A juicy mid-tongue freshness that makes me want another glass.
- Fern’s Notes: Slow start with an acidic finish. Full tart berry with a spicy twist like a falling off the tree ripe bing cherry with the skin left on. Fresh juice of late spring. Acid buildup after first glass. Could use another couple months in the “cellar”, i.e. next to the blanket pile in the bottom of the closet.