When a friend like the amazing Lesley Desautels presents you with a bottle of wine there are two things you know for sure: #1 it’s going to be a great wine, and #2 you are about to experience something memorable. And so it was. A little about Lesley. At the very least, she has traveled the world, visited numerous vignerons—is friends with some of the most famous—managed one of Maryland’s finest restaurants (Linwood) and most recently was a member of the Vino Volo team. This girl knows her wine. For Christmas 2015, Lesley gave me a bottle one of Australia’s finest: a 2014 Mollydooker Blue-Eyed Boy. Producers Sparky and Sarah Marquis named this bottle of joy after their son Luke. There is a technique to prepping this Shiraz and it’s called the Mollydooker Shake, which is done with or without music, but it’s performed because of the minimal sulfites used in production. Rather than explain why they use nitrogen, the YouTube video is posted below. Enjoy. In the meantime, let’s just say this Shiraz has been called “stunning, vibrant, and indulgent.” I would add lush and decadent. It’s been rated 4 stars by many in the vino know. You will taste (I promise) flavors of deep blueberry, plum, coffee, and chocolate with wisps of delicate spice and vanilla. This wine carries a solid 16% ABV. A McLaren Vale gem. Thank you, Lesley!
Happy New Year everyone. Peace on Earth.