I got as nice surprise this Christmas from my daughter. A bottle of Turnbull’s 2010 Fortuna Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon that received a 100-point rating from Robert Parker. For someone who normally spends $10 to $20 a bottle for everyday wine and seldom more than $35 or $40 for a special occasion wine, I felt a little overwhelmed. How does one appreciate a 100-point wine? Was I even capable of even appreciating its many subtleties? Do I need to prepare a really special meal or are cheese and crackers enough?
To my knowledge, the highest rated wine I’ve ever tasted was in the low 90’s (no where near perfection) and my lack of skill as a wine taster is well documented and personally acknowledged. It’s not as if I don’t try. I’ve been drinking wine for years and participated in many tastings, some guided by experts with credentials. I know what I like, but consistently fail to pick out the subtle flavors the experts find.
So what do I do? Do I save it for a special occasion? Do I invite friends to help me drink it? Do I hoard it and consume it all by myself (wine is a migraine headache trigger for my wife)? Mr. Parker deemed it able to age for 20 to 30 years, Maybe I should save it for some as yet unknown special event. Once I’ve tasted the best will I ever be happy with a $15 bottle of cabernet sauvignon from my local wine shop or grocery store?
What would you do? Any suggestions would be appreciated.