Each Friday we highlight a wine from the Northwest that we think is a real "find." By find we might mean that it's a steal, as all of these wines we'll feature weekly are under $20. We might also mean "Hey, you really need to go find this" and it might be a wine that we feel not enough people know about. In any case, with the weekend pending we're hoping to help you "find" a wine to kickoff the weekend right. We'll tell you a little bit about the wine and try to help you track it down here in the Northwest.
What is alchemy? Alchemy is in many ways proof that people are crazier than, well, lavatory rats. It was a bit of pseudo science, with the occult and plain quackery mixed in, but it was also a precursor to chemistry and modern medicine. Those who practiced alchemy believed they could summon ancient powers and possibly achieve immortality. At the same time their experimentation and laboratory practices can still be seen in use today in chemistry and pharmacology.
What got them off on the wrong footing was some of their ludicrous assumptions. 1: Transmutation: Alchemists believed that they could transmute, (not Trans Am) basic metals into valuable precious metals such as gold. They spent a lot of time on this, too much when you consider that it's IMPOSSIBLE. 2: The Philosopher's Stone: this was pretty much the end all and be all of alchemy, it among other things gave you the ability to do any transmutation, most importantly of clunky things into gold, it could help you bring dead plants back to life, create perpetually burning lamps (cuckoo!), create a clone of yourself, heal illness, grant longer life and... create malleable glass. Malleable glass? What's that good for? Alchemists sheesh.
The Philosopher's stone came in two forms, white which turned things into silver and red which turned things into gold. The Script & Seal wines from the Blind Boar Wine Company (Dusted Valley) also come in white and red and the labels are adorned with bizarre symbolism that depict a script and seal attributed to alchemy.
The Script & Seal 2008 red wine, is simple, honest and tasty. Subdued aromatics, of cedar and red currants actually really opened up over time. On day two the aromatics showed more depth with darker fruit and roast coffee. This red is medium bodied loads of fresh fruit, a touch of barrel spice, and a lot more minerality than you'd expect to find in a $12 wine. A simple food friendly wine with a fair amount of acidity would pair great with pizza or comfort food. The wine is mostly Syrah but it includes small amounts of Cabernet, Cab Franc and Malbec. Will it turn something into gold? I don't know about that but in the immortal words of Ralph Macchio "nothing golden ever stays anyways, so sweep the leg Johnny".