If there’s one factor I really remorse not doing sooner, it’s aggregating advertising slogans from wine firms imploring me to pursue a distinct life-style than my present and passable mode of operation. All through my wine-scribing adventures, I’ve been urged, through numerous means of trendy typography, to “Reside Out Loud,” “Chase Life Meaningfully,” “Pursue (My) Ardour,” and different iterations of intent. Maybe I’m not the goal demographic wine firms have affixed within the crosshairs of their advertising scope, however I’m additionally sure many of the youths are extra involved about whether or not or not they’ll have a planet to inherit or a house to buy versus which Sancerre pairs finest with the salmon, which is about as near thrilling as I select to get in 2022. Paso Robles’ Highlands 41 is the newest of those advertising entreaties, extending an invite to “Discover My Journey.” As a perpetually exhausted father who way back changed going to mattress drunk at 5 am with waking up mildly hungover at that exact hour of daybreak, I’m unsure how a lot journey I’m up for locating in my fab forties, however it’s a beautiful sentiment to imbue. It’s fairly doable I’m lacking out; these wines may act because the catalyst lighting the tinder aflame. Let’s discover out.
2020 Highlands 41 Pinot Noir – Peppery on the nostril with darkish fruit (blackberry, boysenberry) delivering a fruit-forward profile as issues quiet down. Fairly tart on the palate, with the fruit assembly a rush of black tea, firewood, and massive tannins. A pleasant contact of chocolate on the end supplies welcomed nuance. Very participating however it requires some air, persistence, and time within the glass to type itself out and develop into presentable. B+ / $16
2020 Highlands 41 Black Granite Crimson – This was ranked because the #1 finest purchase over at Wine Fanatic for 2022, and it’s not onerous to see why. A giant, heady mix of boysenberry, cassis, and delicate baking spice finds itself in good firm with notes of cocoa powder, violet, and vanilla rising on the lingering end. The violet by no means overpowers however supplies beneficiant depth and an fascinating accomplice for the chocolate notes. I couldn’t get sufficient of this one. Adventures abound to be discovered. A- / $16