Friday, July 13, 2007

Analyze This!

"Stop and smell the roses"

"Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans"

"He who hesitates is lost."

"Time flies."

We have heard these quotations and cliches all our lives. But, the older I get, I have noticed that the days, weeks and months really do seem to be winning the race. Stopping to analyze this would take up more precious time. Instead, I'll write about a wine that should be savored and not dissected.

I recently had my first Torrontes from the Pannotia Vineyards in Argentina and felt it was more than a glass of wine, it was an experience. It's intense aromas are similar to Viognier, with hints of peach, apricot, rose, and litchi. On the palate, it has a beautiful structure and acidity with fruit flavors that keep you coming back for another sip and plenty of body for a wine that shows such delicate aromas and flavors. Fruity, floral and yet still quite dry, this wine has to be tasted to be believed. Best enjoyed in its youth either by itself, or as a wonderful partner with seafood or spicy Thai food.

Save the analysis for the couch.