Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Allure of the Dark Images of Fly Gap's Lights Out

Lights Out in normal light

Saturated earth, rich and dark, spills
out between golden and green grasses.
A smell of life not yet born
stirs me, draws me forward.

Limestone crests break free
from the heavy expanses of fresh turned soil.
Gritty and strong, they stand
For me to grasp and hold tight.

From purple to black, the sky deepens,
swells to embrace the horizon and beyond.
The night settles about me,
gently drapes me:

I close my eyes, relax,
Lights Out under blacklight
let the moment overcome me. 

**NOTE: This poem was written just after tasting Dank: Lights Out from Fly Gap Winery. The wine is made from 71% Syrah from Mason country and the rest Mourevdre. The Mason County Syrah is the dominant factor here. For me, the wine smell and tasted like Mason. This poem tries to capture that.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Unforseen Lover: Italian Reds from Hye Meadow

Ever darkening, purple spreads across
the blue sky; it deepens
shade by shade across the horizon,
fills every inch in soft darkness
that hides and does not judge.

This day sinks into the inky
comfortable depths, uncoils
for a pale star who shyly peaks,
slowly slides, out: stirring, growing
brighter, but not too bright.

To the left, another, slips
between folds. The lights fills in,
yet dim, and melds into the sky,
blends into a deep purple blush.
And the faraway moon shimmers
an outline, fading into endless waves.

Tonight, the light grows faint,
cradled in the arms of the night.

NOTE: Recently, Hye Meadow Winery released a pair or lush Italian red varietals: Dolcetto and Aglianico. The Aglianico specifically, is a rich wine whose flavors build and become rich and full as the wine moves. A forthcoming Montepulciano (that I tasted in the barrel with winemaker Jeff Ivy) creates a similar experience, but it has a very dark and romantic core. These two wines transported me and inspired this poem.