Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween and the Headless Horseman

A lot of changes tend to happen for me around November 1st. This year is no exception. On this crisp and chilly evening of all Hallow's Eve, I find myself feeling sentimental as I celebrate my 4 year anniversary of living in San Francisco, packing to move into a new apartment, starting a new job and preparing for my first photography show, among other projects. As last minute alterations are happening to costumes, candy being handed out and pumpkins being lit, I find myself putting my feet up and popping the cork on a spooky wine.
Ash Hollow Winery from Walla Walla, Washington produces the Headless Red. With a label decorated by a Headless Horseman on what appears to be a creepy, foggy evening, I wasn't sure what to think. After watching their promotional video, I couldn't help but feel a little chill down my spine. A Bordeaux style blend made of 58% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Syrah and 3% Malbec aged 30 months in 15% new French Oak and 85% neutral (which I love to hear!); I was amazed at the depth, subtleties and structure.

With the estate vineyard sitting at 45 degrees north in latitude, same as Bordeaux, it is no wonder this wine presents the complexity that it does. The 2008 had only 500 cases produced and smells of coffee, cranberries, dark plum, cherries and a hint of violet. The palate experiences plums, tart cherries, blackberries, cranberries and chocolate. The acid structure is right on point, making this a great food pairing wine.

As I sit back and relax, (enjoying my adult Halloween treat, if you will), preparing for the big transitions ahead, I hope, by the end of this bottle and week, to at least still have my head. ;)

Happy Halloween!

Charlotte :)


  1. Well I hope you did manage to keep hold of your head and had a successful move. Good luck to you with your new work and accommodation!

  2. Thank you! My head is still attached ;)

  3. What a spooky label :)

    Sounds like a fun wine, love chocolate in my wine. (and with it, He! He! :)

    Hope move and transitions go well!

    cheers, T. :)