I'm sad to see this round of wine and movie pairings end because I truly love Helen Mirren and feel like I could have gone on for weeks with movies she's starred in. There are so many I still want to see like The Queen and Gosford Park but we'll save those for another day. If you are familiar with Mirren, you know her talents have no bounds. She's beautiful and talented, age means nothing when it comes to her. For this last pairing, I chose one of her lesser known films from just a few years ago to pair with a deep red.
The Debt stars several great actors including Sam Worthington, Jessica Chastain and Tom Wilkinson. It goes between 1965 and 1997 telling the story of three Massad agents from Israel on a mission to capture a terrible Nazi doctor who performed horrific experiments on the prisoners they held in concentration camps during the second world war. The mission goes wrong and they end up covering up the fact that he got away while they were trying to find a way to get him from Berlin to Israel. The secret they each promised to each other starts to become unearthed in the 90s when a reporter gets news of the possibility that this Nazi doctor is still alive. Mirren, being the only one capable of dealing with the situation, is forced to confront the mistakes of the past and see if this man is truly still alive. During her final mission, she struggles with their secrets caught between keeping a secret that has destroyed relationships in her life and parts of her own self and finally relieving herself of the burden even if the result is disappointment from her country, her people and most of all her daughter.
Josh Cellars' Legacy Red Wine is a deep red from California. According to the brand you will find "aromatic blue fruits and brown spices, fresh plum and blackberry fruit. It is juicy with the plum and blackberry flavors prominent, layered with smoky roasted almonds and hazelnuts, finishing long with fine, elegant tannins." I enjoyed this red wine a lot. It has a very strong flavor profile and blend of aromas with the blackberry and plum being strongest. I loved the slight taste from the oak giving it an earthy element. This would pair well with a heavier meal like a comforting stew or even just a simple steak. Simply put, it would pair well with other bold, strong flavors.
I feel like this pairing was perfect for several reasons. First of all, Mirren's character became a legacy which matches the name of this wine. Second, just like the wine Mirren's characters never fail to be strong women with bold, confident personalities. The dark color of the wine also matches the dark mood of the movie. It just seems like a well planned pairing all around. Both the wine and the movie were enjoyable. I give each five stars.