November 7, 2011 0 comments Articles & Reviews, By Jonathan Cristaldi

Day of the Dead: a Birthday Wine

Stafford Hill 2009 Pinot Noir

This recently departed November 2nd was several things:

1. The day I returned from a five-month stay in San Francisco/Napa

2. The Missus Cigar’s birthday

3. The Day of The Dead

All of these things combined meant it was necessary to celebrate, life, the past and the convergence of wine-egmatic principles from months of immersion. The only solution: visit my friend Matt Franco of MCF Rare Wine, Ltd and ask for a recommendation.

I charged Matt with the task of providing me with a wine that would compliment all the factors listed above in addition to the “Poularde” and root vegetable dish that I would be preparing for the missus.

Let me say very simply that he hit a home run with: Stafford Hill 2009 Pinot Noir

We loved this wine. This Pinot from Oregon’s Eola-Amity Hills was full of dark dark poetry. The nose, a perfume of a mysterious and elegant woman – a woman who lives in a castle upon a mountaintop that never sees the light of day. Her scent is rich and seductive and only gets better over the course of the hours you spend with her. And at around $22, who cannot afford to have that kind of an evening? And with Thanksgiving coming up … this just might be a hell of a wine to bring to the party.

Dig Deeper: Stafford Hill is the second label of Hollaran Vineyards and winemaker Jay Somers makes a few other wines of note.

Thank you Mr. Franco. Until we meet again. Happy Birthday to my lovely wife who drank most of the wine. Until the next bottle, my dear…

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