Anyone else out there really enjoy big, bold, luscious, reds – a Lewis Cabernet, or a Howell Mountain Merlot? You all know who you are and I have been in that camp on and off since I took my first drink of a 1994 Gary Farrel Zinfandel. It was quite an amazing moment to realize how powerful really good wines could be – it was my first experience and one I will likely not forget. Shortly after I was fortunate enough to indulge in the 1994 Turley Hayne Vineyard Zin which will likely never be replicated – it was simply amazing (and still is, I have about a case left!).

What’s my point here you ask? Well – I have recently been in a Burgundy, Barbera, Barolo, Tempranillo phase and had all but forgotten the Bid Red Ones; until New Years Eve that is. If you have never tried this wine, it’s time to go out and find a bottle cause it is an appropriate reintroduction into the World of the Big Boys…

Find it – Drink it– 1999 Joseph Phelps Backus rated 97 by Robert Parker
It was full of forward black fruits, like dark cherry, cassis, prune, maybe even a hint of mocha and had a wonderful balanced tannin with a very smooth finish…