Continuing on the theme of big winter reds, we dug deep into the cellar for this gem. In 2009 I, along with a bunch of other bloggers, invaded Calaveras County, specifically the town of Murphys, CA. One of our stops on that trip was Newsome Harlow, a favorite of mine from my first visit to Murphys. So this wine has spent a bit of time since then chilling in my basement waiting for me to open it up. The 2006 Newsome Harlow Train Wreck retails (at the time) for $19, has a real cork closure, and clocks in at 14.4%.
Four takeaways from this wine:
1.) A divine chocolate covered blueberry blackberry tart dusted with cinnamon and campfire jumps out of the glass.
2.) I actually enjoyed this more sipping it after dinner than with my burgers. Maybe it was the burgers, but I think it was because I just wanted to savor it on its own.
3.) In my notes, I might have the favorite thing I’ve ever written about a wine in my comments on this bottle: “It’s like a s’more in a glass!”
4.) Calaveras County is pumping out some great wines and is well worth your time to visit and try all the wineries.
On the nose I got chocolate, herbs, cinnamon, blueberry, blackberry, cedar, campfire smoke, and graham cracker. The graham cracker cinched the “s’more” reference for me. The wine had one of those noses I wanted to dive into and swim around in. In the mouth I found cinnamon, red hots, smooth fruits, blueberry, blackberry, black cherry, and spice. The 2006 Train Wreck has well integrated tannins with a long finish and is drinking fantastically at this point. Drink up!