One vintage and this wine is already a legend, though for all the wrong reasons and not because of anything we did. There are so many sub plots here, both real and imagined, it's hard to know where to start. The prevailing rumor was that ‘Whispering Dove' was some sort of double secret code for the fact that this wine is really ‘Screaming Eagle's' second label. Sorry to say that's not true, but it certainly would make people remember. We heard that from a number of people seeking the 2001, a wine we didn't buy because we didn't think it was worth the tariff.
It is supposedly from a top flight Napa producer, but you've heard our rap on that kind of thing before. Some people will say anything to sell a bottle of wine. All that really matters is what's under the cork. That's why we're all over round two. This is as exciting a deal for this price, which means it legitimately tastes much more classy, ethereal and expensive than it costs and, well, this IS the point. Really deep, perfumed blackberry fruit on the nose as well as notes of spice and vanilla, sleek, slippery, velvety, very distinctively Napa currant fruit on the palate, and everywhere along the way the wine hits perceptibly higher notes than any of it's ‘peers'. It's fun to speculate on possible stories, but this negociant bottling speaks very well for itself. There are other stories we could tell, but we'll save them in case we have to talk about it again. We think it will sell out, but we did buy a huge chunk. It's a legitimate Napa Reserve for half price.