Today was a long day – not a bad day at all – but a long day. It started with a great long walk with some friends, up in the Arboretum near my house. This is always a great workout for my butt and thighs, and I’d like to say my arms got a workout too – swinging to slap the mosquitoes!
Then I showered and ate some lunch and Jon and I headed off to Fred Meyer for a marathon shopping trip. We are going on vacation soon (YAY!) and neither of us had enough shorts for the hot climate. And, I needed a new bathing suit too… Now that’s never a fun trip… So we piled clothes into the cart, did the marathon try-on sessions, and we actually both got some suitable new summer clothes! And with an extra 15% off coupon! Then we got groceries too. And really, that’s enough of a chore for one day, right?
Well, then I went to work. I moved offices a few weeks ago, with my promotion (another YAY!) and have been so busy at work that I have not had time to unpack my boxes or hang my pictures. So, I decided that the only way would be to do it on the weekend. I feel like I got so much done! 8 boxes unpacked and all my pictures hung and only 2 boxes to go!
So, by the time I got home (I had to stop by the store again on the way to get taco seasoning and sour cream) I was ready for some serious kicking back. Jon opened a bottle of 2006 Hamacher Pinot Noir, from the Willamette Valley.
We discovered Hamacher when we visited the Carlton Winemaker’s Studio in Carlton, Oregon, in November 2009. We went based on a recommendation from Jon’s grandfather, who lived in McMinnville and was quite knowledgeable about wine. The Winemaker’s Studio is a cooperative of 14 wineries, so it’s a great place to go if you want to sample multiple wineries in one stop. The server was friendly and laid back, and liked to tell stories of his upcoming wedding and which wines they were going to serve (I imagine he’s gotten married by now though, since that was in 2009).
The Hamacher did not disappoint. This wine is red wine and chocolate in a bottle. No joke. This wine is the color of a dark ruby, with excellent clarity. It has a nice light mouthfeel. And the flavor – yum… It is dark ripe cherries mixed with a velvety milk chocolate. It is very smooth, exhibiting none of the tart acidity that younger Pinots often have. The finish, while not long, stayed true to the flavor of the wine.
If you have the opportunity, this is a must-have wine!