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Happy Hour: 2003 Walter Clore Private Reserve Red

Last night, I popped the cork on this 2003 Columbia Crest Walter Clore Private Reserve Red ($35). The wine wasn't a single varietal (like Syrah or Zinfandel), but rather a Bordeaux-style blend of several different grapes. Red wine from France's Bordeaux region implies a blend of several different varietals, including Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

The hue was a deep purple, and the taste bone-dry with a velvety finish and full body. Drinking the wine reminded me of the pleasures of Summer — blackberries and cherries — with a hint of chocolate.

What else did the wine remind me of? The person who sent it to me as a gift. As my favorite wine columnists say, "Wine can conjure up memories in a way that few other things can."

It's certainly true that drinking this wine conjured up great memories of our friendship. Does the same hold true for you when you drink wine?

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Peggasus Peggasus 8 years
There is a day in February (I think) that is called 'Open That Bottle' Day, wherein you, uh...open that bottle you've been saving for some special occasion, one that never seems to come around. A few years ago some friends had a party for that, and everybody brought a bottle and shared the story of where they got it, and pictures if they had them, and it was just lovely. We had appetizers and rating sheets and a wine-themed quiz too (with prizes!), and it was a really fun, fun night.
aphill4 aphill4 8 years
Can someone PLEASE explain to me why the article photos are not showing up to me anymore?! I've tried checking it out on other computers, deleting out my cookies, all that boring, fun stuff, but still am getting small lines instead of the actual pictures, and the pictures are honestly one of the best things that drew me into this site in the first place. HELP!!
SeptemberLights SeptemberLights 8 years
I LOVE all of the wines by Colombia Crest! Even there Two Vines variety which is less expensive, is great on any weeknight...they are my go-to brand for almost any occasion...:)
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