Wine Code Breaker #316

2018 Kalleske Old Vine Grenache, Barossa Valley, South Australia

The cold opening is a technique of jumping directly into a story at the beginning of a show before the opening credits. Comedians are considered the best, but to me, David Caruso is the greatest at delivering a cold opening. He plays the fictional character of Lieutenant Horacio Caine in “CSI: Miami.”  The drama for the next 48 minutes (given numerous commercials) is set up nicely with the cold opening which is followed by the rolling of the opening credits against the background of the killer riff from The Who’s “Won’t Get Fooled Again” to add further dramatic effect.  The question now becomes, how would Lieutenant Caine approach the tasting of a wine?

Season 11: Episode 1 “Killer Bottle”

Scene 1

Horacio arrives and alights from the CSI Hummer with sunglasses in his left hand.  The location is set with an opened bottle of wine and two large bowled glasses on a table overlooking sparkling waters with the Miami skyline as a backdrop.  Frank is standing next to the table.  The sun is setting.

Horacio: What have we got here, Frank?

Frank: Horatio, we have a bottle of the 2018 Kalleske Old Vine Grenache from the Barossa Valley and the colour is sanguine like, though a touch more on the crimson side.

Horacio: Mmmm, anything else Frank?

Frank: [with pensive look, reaches for the glass, swirls, sniffs and sips] The aromas on this one has rose petals, liquorice, raspberries and blackberries.  Upon tasting Horacio, the flavours are delightful with soft light ethereal tannins, well structured with a highly persistent finish.

Horacio: [leans forward showing profound interest, picks up the second glass in his right hand, swirls, raises the glass to the setting sun to check out the colour, sniffs the aromas and takes a sip] Frank… [long pause with glass returned to the table followed by the dramatic putting on of sunglasses] … this one is a killer!  Order another bottle. 

Cue the opening credits.


Rating95 pts
DrinkNow; 10+ yrs
TastedMar 2020

6 thoughts on “Wine Code Breaker #316

  1. You do love your Kalleske, JK. I feel you have been aiding and abetting this killer bottle, likely removing all traces of liquid and disposing of the body…

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  2. Long time supporter, and thought I’d drop a comment.

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    1. Hi Justin and thanks for the feedback – much appreciated. We have used the “blog” theme and built around that. Seems to work ok at the moment and in time will be looking morph it slight as needed. Maybe a “book is coming” page???!!!!! Good luck with yours – looks pretty good to me!


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