Thursday, December 15, 2011

Pacific Estates 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles: A Friend Helps Untangle My Cables

After my epic adventure on Black Friday the appointed day finally arrived to set up my new HD television. It’s amazing how much work is involved in something that should be so simple.

Lending a hand was Ace of Bass, whose skills with audio equipment is legendary. Thank goodness, because the days of simply plugging in a TV and turning it on are long gone.

The system was straight forward enough compared to my old TV and stereo equipment, which was connected with a tangled spaghetti of cables and wires. There are four components, the TV, the Blu-Ray player, sound bar and satellite receiver. But that also means four remotes, three new manuals, two rooms full of Styrofoam (and a partridge in a pear tree!).

It goes without saying that wine was needed to complete the job.
We got a late start because I had an evening meeting. Green Dragon had prepared some snacks to keep us fueled for the effort. We started with some 2008 Satek Winery Marechal Foch, an enjoyable bottle from our favorite Indiana winery.

After the initial set up, Ace of Bass punched various buttons and eventually the glorious picture illuminated casting a heavenly glow through the family room. Cascades of applause and a trumpet fanfare erupted (not really, but they should have).

As we continued to noodle with the finer points and battle to see who was smarter (us or the Smart TV) it was time for a reward. The 2003 Pacific Estates Cab is a wine that I loved when I picked it up a couple years ago at Vino 100. We enjoyed one bottle straightaway and set the other down for some aging.

Time has served it well. The cab has a luscious bouquet and a ripe flavor notes of blackberry and cherry. The tannins have mellowed and integrated into a superbly balanced wine. There is a lip smacking finish.

This is a high-definition wine with a crystal clear picture!
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