Historical figures of significance and stature have sometimes had their names appended with the phrase “the Great’. This is a commanding wine of depth and power that is available only in miniscule quantities in great years. Oddball the Great will be great drinking well into the future.
Cherry picking really – layout the barrels of your best batch of Sap and select the best of those barrels to bottle as Oddball The Great. I remember the 2016 went together on a bright day of blue skies and birdsong and it felt great to be a winemaker. Admittedly, that’s a lot of the time anyway but this was a perfect day nonetheless.
Leave it longer than you think you should, maybe longer than you think you can - Now through 10 years
A thunderhead of bitumen, beets, baked spices, and damp earth. Dried violets with the intensity of printer’s ink link with roses, sweet leather, cola, and thyme. Dark cocoa-dough envelops like an ermine cape.
Well textured, it leaves in its wake just a touch of pucker as the dust of fine tannin settles.
This is not a wine built for fish or fine white sauces, lift your game with game, foraged mushrooms and butter; lots of butter.