Certainly not because we were wealthy and poo poo’d free wine. Noooooooo. We didn’t turn them in because we were waiting for that extra special bottle that $35 wasn’t going to buy. But did we have the wherewithal to wait? I don’t know, patience hasn’t exactly been one of my virtues. However, The Handsome Captain™ and I decided against instant gratification and waited it out. We had never tasted Opus One and were willing to wait as long as it took.
Delayed gratification, ya think???? Count ’em, 7 cards that took two years to collect. Of course this doesn’t count the times we drank wine by the glass, shared a bottle somebody else bought, drank wine at our other favorite wine bar, or popped a bottle at home. Yes, we enjoy wine.
So after a lovely day with friends on the water, we rinsed the sand off and headed downtown.Tim gave us the eye as in “You’re finally here for your Opus after all this time”. Yes, indeed. The Opus 2009. (Check out the digital frame over Tim’s shoulder–our fearless leaders, Clayton and Val).
While the mouthfeel was dense and the finish, silky–I actually thought I’d enjoy it more. This is not sour grapes (no pun intended) by any means. I don’t AT ALL regret waiting two + years to try Opus. Greg and I consider ourselves extremely fortunate to have tasted many wines and to have learned so much from the owners and staff at Vino’s, Grand Vin, Lush (and the many wine reps). The experiences were an unparalleled privilege and made our trips to Napa and Sonoma that much more beneficial.
For any wine-loving local or snowbird, I implore you to pick up a Vino’s VIP card. Obviously not everybody’s going to delay gratification for wine in the $200 price ranges–but you know what? $35 is $35 and truthfully, it doesn’t take as long as you’d think to drink 10 bottles of wine. Don’t believe me?
Just ask Tim 🙂