Once upon a time, we had a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier named Courtney. Courtney was a big bundle of sweetness, handsome and loving as could be, but neither particularly coordinated nor notably intelligent. Seriously, he fell off our back porch about once a week. And every time he chewed on his paws and was made to wear the Cone of Shame, he'd walk into a corner and then be unable to escape. You'd have to pick him up and turn him around, whereupon he'd gallop around like 'Hurray! The rest of the room is back-I missed you!'.
But these 'defects' never really detracted from our love for him. My daughter, a toddler at the time, called him 'My Big Fuzzy', and used him as a nap partner. Courtney worshipped my husband as some sort of major deity, and faithfully followed wherever John led. His inherent sweetness-he wanted nothing more than to be where you were- made up for any lack of intellect or grace. He's been gone for over 5 years, but I still miss my Big Guy.
So when I saw this wine label, I immediately thought, 'Courtney!'. It's a bold, juicy, spicy red, perfect for frosty nights, AND it has a Courtney on the label? Yes, please! Then I read the back label, which is dedicated to their Big Guy....an Irish Wolfhound! Bell Cellars, I think you're a wee bit confused. That picture on your label is not an Irish Wolfhound, and neither is the dog sitting next to the bottle. Those are Wheatens!
One thing that's not confused: this deep garnet-red blend of Cabernet and Syrah with just a pinch of Petit Verdot. Flavors of dusty raspberry, red and black cherry, and toasty vanilla oak mingle with cinnamon and black pepper. The finish lingers, making you think of how nice this would taste with burgers, or pizza, or maybe just a blanket and a dog or two on the couch. This is killer juice at a killer price. But that's still not a wolfhound.
For Courtney, who was a Good Boy.
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