August 18, 2009

Tasting Note Tuesday - One from Eric Solomon

For WinoBees like myself, I'm sure you don't give much thought about how the wine we drink gets to our table. Sure, we may think about the winery and the winemaker... and sure, we know how it got from the store to our glass... but what about the middleman? The importer?

Well, one of the world's best importers is Eric Solomon of European Cellars and at the young age of 18, Eric was introduced to wine while working at a wine bar in England while performing as a drummer with the London City Orchestra. By the time he moved back to the U.S. at age 24, Eric was a prestigious "Master of Wine" and got a job as sales rep and served many famous clients including Windows on the World.

He advanced quickly in his company, but had another calling. At 35, he left to start his own company as an importer. He started small with unknown Rhone producers, then grew his company to include more of France, Spain and small amounts of Portugal. Now he is one of the most influential importers and was even named Food and Wine Magazine’s 2007 Top US Importer.

2007 Château Pesquié Côtes du Ventoux Terrasses - France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Côtes du Ventoux

I'm starting to think I don't personally have an affinity for "custom cuvees for Eric Solomon". Popped and poured. The wine has a dark/deep purple color that fades to light purple on the edges. On the nose, this exhibits floral scents along with strawberries, smoke, and a slight hint of raisins. On the palate, I was very disappointed with how light the fruit was. Hints of raspberries, herbs/leather and plum are all there... just very faint. The tannins are firm, so it could just be that the wine is in a dumb phase, although I would doubt that since the finish was extremely short as well. I had this over 3 hours and there wasn't much change.

My Take: Average
Cost: $10/bottle