Saturday, November 5, 2011

2009 Sean Minor Red Wine

When I'm stuck in a rut of mediocre (and worse) wines, I tend to return to an old friend to get me out of the slump. So tonight I grabbed a bottle of 2009 Sean Minor Red Wine, Napa Valley to help me erase the memories of the wines I suffered through last week. Dinner this evening was homemade beef and pork meatballs with a yellow tomato sauce (from the garden, of course) over soft, cheesy polenta. And the wine pairing was fantastic. Obligatory deep color. nose of ripe blackberry, red licorice and sweet floral perfume. Medium-full body with notes of black fruits, cocoa, a hint of bay leaf, mineral and a long vanilla-chocolate finish. Overall, a seamless package with great length and balance. The iron/graphite component from the last time I had this seems to be missing, but trust me, there's still plenty in here to justify the purchase. This blend of Merlot, Petit Verdot, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Syrah and Malbec is a ridiculous buy at under $20.

On a completely unrelated note, just how bad does my digital camera suck? My 8 megapixel Olympus simply doesn't do justice to my beautiful dinner. Guess I need to stick to just grabbing label shots off the internet....


  1. I LOVE Sean Minor wines. They only recently landed in MO, & now I think I have to go out & replace the bottle we drank.

    If only I had the time & skill to make such a dinner. It looks delicious, even if your camera doesn't do it justice.

  2. Thanks for the great write up, Bill! Glad we could brighten up your week :) The dinner looks and sounds delicious. Cheers!

  3. Looks pretty good to me, even if it is just grits and cheese. :)

  4. Bill, you got me thinking about the camera complaint; when I do a point and shoot relying on the face-on flash I get the same results, but when I use white boards and bounce my flash that helps. My last photo transferred at only 122 KB, but was taken outside with reflected sun, and I think the highest quality I've gotten is maybe 5-6 MB. That high of a number was slowing-down my blog so I've curtailed that.