What is two shillings worth these days? Well, I don’t think we can know exactly. I believe the shilling went out of circulation in the UK during the early 1970’s. Evidently, it used to be 1/20 of a pound. So two shillings – 1/10 of a pound – doesn’t sound like a lot of money. Of course, that may well depend on context … historical context. Speaking of the UK and history, a trip to the British Isles is high on my bucket list. That’s largely because my father did some genealogical work when I was a kid and managed to trace our roots back to England. Our forebears emigrated from London to America way, way back when. I suppose family roots are on my mind right now because I’m reading a historical fiction novel that features Scottish history and the protagonist’s (somewhat forgotten) Scottish heritage. Maybe I should be drinking Glenfiddich or Royal Lochnagar while I read to get into the right frame of mind rather than this Virginia red. Oh well, there is a sequal!
Notes: I found this Williamsburg offering a pretty cherry red in the glass. On the pungent nose I caught scents of sous bois (see Vinetalkers post) and sweet red berries. It was medium-bodied with racy acidity and 12.5% alcohol content. There was just a slight hint of tannins – that fuzzy tongue feeling. The flavor profile was pretty light and tart on the whole. In fact, it reminded me a bit of the Chambourcin I had from Iron Gate Vineyards some time ago. Similarities aside, this Virginia blend is definitely lighter in body and flavor. According to the winery’s website, this is a blend of 97% Syrah and 3% Zinfandel. So what were it’s flavors? I tasted sweet raspberry, a touch of pepper, coffee grounds, a bit of earth, and a very tart rhubarb-like flavor. Best part to me was the lingering raspberry on a fairly long finish.