A Sommelier’s Review Of The Nutcracker On The A Train
Bright, sweet to the point of saccharin, dancing on the palate like it’s showtime. These are the feelings that come to mind when one sips from the bright, colorful mix of fruit juices and grain alcohols that is a nutcracker. I recently had the pleasure of sampling a new vintage while riding the A train a few weekends ago.
I spotted the vintner as he came into my subway car. He carried a large duffel bag and spoke in a hurried manner shouting “Nutcracker! Nutcracker!” that brought one back to the wine auction at Paso Robles in Spring 2015. I immediately jumped at the chance to sample such a seemingly fresh and local variety. I tried to chat with the man briefly about that year’s harvest of Kool-Aid, but he was in a rush to move to the next car.
I chortled thinking to myself, “Are not all the best winemakers somewhat skittish?”
I immediately removed the seal on the small bottle and smelled the cap, taking in the rich aromas. On the nose I got stone fruit, summer squash, berry blast, Popov, and the faintest whisper of cigarette smoke. After letting it breathe for a few minutes, I finally got a taste. A very pleasant and smooth mouthfeel, that paired excellently with the predominant flavor notes of powdered fruit juice mix and plastic, which is to be expected with bottle aging.
A robust and full-bodied nutcracker to be sure!
If you would like to try this nutcracker (and everyone with a discerning palate should!) they can be found in all respectable A train cars throughout the line.
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