Wine Code Breaker #397

2019 Bird in Hand Montepulciano, Adelaide Hills, South Australia

We first meet Zorii Bliss on the frozen planet Kijimi. Of course, her fame as a spice runner is well known. Her passion for Italian varietals, not as much. During her years running spices around the galaxies, she had been known to drop into the Adelaide Hills from time to time to stock up between gigs. It also helped soften her rage towards Poe Dameron for rejecting her all those years before. Zorii kept meticulous notes of her spice running missions and as it turns out, her wine musings.

The 2019 Bird in Hand Montepulciano was secured from a secret rendezvous to Adelaide Hills in South Australia, planet Earth.  This wine is a dark crimson colour that opens up with dark fruits, earth and spices.  There are some cherries, herbs and briary notes, mysterious and whimsical, a little like the early years with Poe (sigh).  The palate brings these together with leather and lemon zest across a bed of spices and tannins that are almost Tatooine-like in their sandiness.  A sharp acidity with flavours persisting, reminding me that I am not alone.  This one is okay!

May the fourth be with you on this upcoming Star Wars Day.


Rating: 93 pts

Closure: Vino-Lok (glass)

Alc: 14%

Drink: Now; 5 yrs

Price: $40

Tasted: January 2022

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