So on Sunday I'm getting ready to make a nice dinner of fresh halibut, one of my favorites, and organic broccoli and trying to decide what wine I want to drink. Considering the mushrooms for the fish, I go with the Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch 2010 Chardonnay. Now I've had this wine many times before and many vintages and have never been disappointed. UNTIL....
Now don't get me wrong. The wine was good. But there was a much more almost burnt oak flavor to the wine. Not the usual taste I remember. A couple glasses later, not much improvement, but I can't make myself pour the rest out. I mean, come on, this is Shafer. Past Hinsdalians, makers of some truly great wines. Maybe just a bad bottle? So I cork it up and put it away for the next day.
24 hours later, I slowly pull the bottle from the fridge and once again pour myself a glass. This time something is different. The aromas are a little more lively. I take a sip. Now there's the wine I have come to know and love. That hint of oak, surrounded by a luxurious subtleness of fruit. Wonderful balance and nice long finish. Of course for that dinner I was eating chipotle salmon burgers, thank you Whole Foods, on brioche buns. It worked, but I still wish it had been the other way around.
Now I'm not new to the whole, give it time to open up or the posibilty that the wine had been comprised, even the notion that wines can go through a "dumb phase," Whatever the reason, I was glad that the wine came around and I was able to enjoy it to its fullest extent.
So if you ever have a wine that you think should be more, expressive brighter whatever, put it aside for a day and maybe you'll see "What a difference a day makes."