Why do we like round numbers?

I don’t know. But for birthdays, anniversaries, etc, it seems like a great excuse to celebrate. Certainly in one of my wine groups we have a tradition of celebrating round number birthdays (ie 30, 40, 50, etc). This time it was Dave’s turn for a round number birthday, and to celebrate it by opening some wonderful wines. The bottle of Grange pictured here should give a clue as to how old Dave is.

While the Grange was my wife’s favourite on the night, a few other wines peaked my interest more. And so we come to this beauty – the Conterno Monfortino Barolo Riserva 2004 (pictured alongside the also excellent Gaja Sperss 2001).

This wine was thrilling.  The harmony of flavours and structure, the captivating complexity, and the delightful prettiness of the aromas all added up to it being the most enjoyable wine I’ve drunk in a long time and perhaps ever.  Enjoyable both in the sense of it tasting delicious and in the sense of providing interest to us wine nerds.

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