Old Vine Navarra 2008
I’ve never been to Spain. Hell, I’ve never been to Arizona either. I’ve never been to England, but I kind of like the Beatles.
I’ve never been to heaven either, of course, and neither have any of you, which, when you think about it, is probably why we like wine so much. (And, yes, I’m aware there are several ways to interpret that statement and not all of them are healthy. In fact, that’s a deceptively deep statement that requires a lot of thought, which requires another glass of wine, because lord knows that will only make my thinking clearer.)
At any rate, I really like this stuff, which is why I’m trying so hard to make excuses to keep drinking it. It has nothing to do with the alcohol, I promise. Honestly, I’m spending this evening watching the recent Yogi Bear movie with my kids, and I will stick to my two-glass limit tonight of all nights.
But it is going to be hard to stop, because I really do like this wine.
I’m honestly not sure why I like it so much. There isn’t much about it that’s particularly distinctive – no explosions of fruitiness, no woody overtones, no aftertaste at all. Actually, maybe that’s why I like it. It’s not crazy and wild, it’s not filled with weird mish-mashed licorice and plum and oak and blackberry and whatever, there’s no frenzy, there’s no wondering what the hell you just drank. It’s just really pleasant to drink.
Of course, I have other suspicions about why I like this wine. I’m pretty sure it’s not because it goes particularly well with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, which is actually what I had for dinner tonight. I’m reasonably certain that it has nothing really to do with this wine being a “rich and smooth celebration of the Spanish lifestyle,” though I’ve always thought Spain sounded like a cool place and worthy of celebration. I actually find myself wondering if there isn’t an entirely different reason that I like this wine – the same reason I liked the Deep Purple wine so much but didn’t care for the wine with Fess Parker’s picture on it.
This wine has a guitar on the label, and I think guitars are cool. I’m not entirely sure, but I think I might be just that shallow.
At any rate, I do feel confident enough in this wine to recommend it for any occasion. It’s one of the best I’ve had so far, even if I am judging the wine by its cover.
9 out of 10
9.99 at Bloom