So what do I do? I get some of those books, you know, like to learn
about dames and how come they make a fella crazy alla time. You gotta
know some psychology, it turns out, see? I got that one about how men
are from Mars and girls go to Jupiter to get more stupider or whatever.
I also got this one book, "Iron John," which I was hopin' would be
about a hooker and her robot client, but it wasn't.
I'm doin' my best, readin' up, tryinna figure out how come it is the
old battleaxe and me can't see eye-to-eye--and she starts in with this
noise about my reading light keepin' her up too late.
Well! A guy can't win for losin'!
I oughta do, is I oughta get my things together and move out. But no,
me and the ol' lady have been through a lot, and I figger that history
is worth somethin'. So to keep the domestic peace, I snag myself three
of these bookmark lights off the innernet. Lemme tell ya! Best coupla
bucks I ever spent.
Supposedly the LED
bulbs last for 10,000 hours. Now that's a lotta readin'--even the way I
do it, which is I read for 20 minutes, then konk out with the light
still on and it burns the whole eleven hours until I wake up. Still, I
guesstimate that I'll have the whole battle of the sexes thing all
figgered out way before my last readin' light dies. And this is cute:
The light is a bookmark too, so I can see where I was in the book when
I dozed off.
I gotta say, already things is better around
the house. Useda be, the littlest thing would get us to fightin' like
cats an' dogs. Now, I feel like I'm gettin' more insights, y'know? And
it's all on accounta my new readin' lights.
Now, when I feel
like I'm gonna lose my temper--like if she nags me about gettin' a job,
or helpin' out around the house, or wants to know if I'm talkin' to
some girl on the phone--instead of haulin' off an' screamin', I just
take a deep breath and say "I love ya mom, but I need a little space
right now." And maybe I go down to the basement and she watches TV and
we steer clear of each other for a while.
He's not the ram you knew any more. These city goats, with their gold
chains and their pipes, they'd never survive if they tried to come
back. No, he needs a keeper to bring him food, fake rocks to jump
around on, a vet to pick the nits from his fur. Remember the one who
skipped so happily from outcropping to ledge, who was happy with a
mouthful of brambles and a lungful of mountain air? That kid? That kid
Wear this shirt: on occasions when your gold chains and sunglasses and horned helmet might be inappropriate.
Don't wear this shirt: in Los Angeles. They're still a little sore about the whole thing.
This shirt tells the world: "Animal lung cancer is no laughing matter, unless they got it by smoking a pipe."
We call this color: Blazin' On The Grass.
Design Placement: Centered
3X - S: 12.12" x 19"
WXL - K4: 8.29" x 13"
But that distinctive character you notice certainly didn't come from Kansas. It's the mark of the Rutherford Viticultural Area in Napa Valley, an area renowned for producing the premier California Cabernet Sauvignons for decades now. Over the last several millennia, rivers and creeks have shifted course as they run through the area, leaving behind power-packed alluvial soils - the famous "Rutherford dust".
(Before you ask: no, there's no dust, or soil, or dirt, or anything like it actually in the wine. That would cross the line separating "distinctive" from "gross".)
Anyway, it just so happens that Chris Pedemonte, for the past 20 years has been the vineyard manager for a little chunk of Rutherford dust they call the Round Pond Estate vineyard. And like no one else he knows how to tend the vines (meticulously) and make the wines (gently) to conjure up that dusty Rutherford mojo. Round Pond supplies premium fruit to a veritable Who's Who in Cab Country, to boot. That's why we offered to sign over our firstborn for a chance to feature Pedemonte. They didn't take us up on it. But we were totally ready.
Who wouldn't be, after Wine Spectator called Pedemonte one of their "20 Cabs To Watch" and gave this "exciting new label" a 91 for this very 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon? Pop the cork and take a whiff of its sweet berry pie, cassis liqueur, and spice aromas. Give it some breathing room and rich black cherry, cigar box, blackberry, and vanilla seep out and continue into an elegantly rounded mid-palate. Then wild berry, black currant, tea, and dusty earth hop on the wagon just before the lovely finish. You might say it's got impressive balance and structure, or you might just say "Pour me another glass."
Triumphant as that Cab is, Pedemonte's not just a one-grape pony. Their 2007 Adagio is their proprietary blend of Sangiovese and Syrah. After it leaves Round Pond Estate, it only spends 8 months in barrels - hey, you gotta have something to drink while you're waiting for that Cabernet. In Pedemonte's capable hands, fruitful Syrah plus spicy Sangiovese equals an exuberant, intense, approachable wine with a finish like velvet made from kitten fur.
Anybody who's ever slid into second base, or hitched a ride with the Joad family, knows what dust tastes like. Rest assured, that's not what we're talking about here. This pair of Pedemonte reds shows that the elusive, magical quality we call "Rutherford dust" is less like that kind of dust and more like fairy dust.
2005 Cabernet Sauvignon
Brix at Harvest 26.5 Brix,
Varietal Composition 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Winemaking Hand Harvested in cool morning hours
Fermented in small 1 ton bins
Brix at Harvest: 24.4 Brix
Varietal Composition: 60 % Sangiovese, 40% Syrah
Winemaking: Hand Harvested in cool morning hours
Fermented in small 1 ton bin
Harvest Date: September 26, 2007
Cooperage: 8 months of aging in French Oak barrels