Delightful & Strange Reserve 2016 | Turtles & Decadence
If you are familiar with the wines of Delightful & Strange, or if you love intensely rich, epicurean wine experiences, I invite you to enjoy the sumptuous decadence to this Delightful & Strange Reserve 2016. As for the turtle emblem on the label? Simple: it is a firm, surprisingly muscular red, and will live a lot longer than you’d guess. This is the slow-aged tortoise, that beats the quick-release hare.
Delightful & Strange Reserve 2016 presents an intensely deep purple color. A blend of blackberry, loganberry, wild cherry, and cassis fruit aromas. Yet, with undertones of licorice, bramble, cedar, and fresh herbs. Concentrated on the palate, with fine, powdery tannins and fresh lift to flavors of black cherry, earth, and mulling spices that linger pleasingly on the finish. While its complex blend of ripe black fruit and spice will appeal to drinkers of everything from Cabernet to Zinfandel. Drink now – 2027.
Delightful & Strange – The story
More than a few wineries in Napa produced world-class fruit in 2015. However due to the short harvest, many realized that yields were so low it wouldn’t be profitable to bottle one or more of their tasting-room-only, rich, decadent reds. Hence, our Delightful & Strange label was started, in part, to find such wines in an effort to deliver extreme value to you.
There is more that can’t be said about this wine that can be. To pursue such unbelievable opportunities in wine is to promise to keep your mouth shut. While most cult Napa wineries sell fruit or wine to other brands, to protect their equity it is always done in strict secrecy. Even the founder of Delightful & Strange, a local Master of Wine, can no longer be mentioned by name. He has since landed his dream job at an iconic Napa winery. Hence, agreeing only to use his name to promote their wine.
It’s who you know…
So, our relationships with growers and vintners in the valley led us recently to two lots from Saint Helena and Oakville. In years when these wines are bottled, they fetch between $135 and $200 each at the winery. In our possession, blended together, they are something beautiful to behold in this Delightful & Strange Reserve 2016, which after some additional bottle age is ready to enjoy—loaded with generous blackberry, pomegranate, cocoa, and toast, wrapped in a firmly tannic shell and beautifully balanced.