CHRISTMAS VS DOOMSDAY: MUSINGS ON LIFE’S FRAGILITY WITH TWO WINES FROM CHANDON

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As the end draws near (whether that be the end of the season or the end of existence for us puny humans), I am seemingly hell-bent on the rather mundane and fruitless endeavor of clearing my kitchen table of wine samples.  In the grand scheme of things, this pursuit certainly doesn’t merit very high in the hierarchy of importance, but you play the hand you are dealt, right?

Chandon Pinot Noir Carneros 2009.  Grade=Outstanding.  Obviously, this California sparkling wine producer is going to have some pretty good Pinot Noir – or at least that is what one would expect.  And here, you will not be disappointed.  A solid effort – light-to-medium-bodied red with soft tannins, hints of cherries, cola, coffee berry and spice, and well-balanced acidity.

Chandon Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2009.  Grade=Outstanding.  Surprisingly, this medium-bodied Napa Cab is equally as good, showing off its bold tannic grip, hearty black fruits, oak spices and touches of Baker’s chocolate.

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