The other day a friend asked my how come I only have good things to say about the drink I put on Drink a Day. At my first my ego and pride stepped and replied “Well, because I only drink good shit bro” I said in a very clinical confident way. Then just as quick offered up a better, more realistic statement that was along the lines of that I am hoping to pass on good information to those who like to drink, and also for those that appreciate craftsmanship and the product of a well crafted drink, wine, or spirit. I have too many things going on in life to take time out to give attention or keep the momentum going for anything that is not the best it can be or something that is just to special not to pass along. He said I sounded too much of a drink snob and I need to pass on information about wines and drinks that were for the average guy. I let him know that was what Bud Light and Silver Bullet commercials are for.
That being said, and you do find yourself in a desperate last minute need to bring a red wine that will most likely go with most everything in an average dinner party or social meeting then the 2009 Mac Murray Pinot Noir is just what you are looking for. It is affordably priced (in the USA), it is low in tannin, and just enough fruit flavor to conjure up a conversation with your co-worker of fellow club members who are at the annul event for the free booze and a captive audience to share their overall ideas about life and to bear wittiness to their realistically comedic social anxiety issues. This is a great wine for those situations. Just enough to make people go “ohhhhh this isn’t yellow tail”. but not enough for the boss to think he pays you too much to afford the real deal. There was a nose of cherries, cola, and a hint of oak. The nose hinted at what was hoped to be a bit more then it turned out to be. Maybe it needs a second try but not much in the glass suggested it be anytime soon.
-by Brian Aufdenberg