Sunday, August 28, 2011

Alamos Malbec 10'

Naked Wine Review 80
Wine: Malbec
Producer: Alamos
Vintage: 10'
Region: Argentina>Mendoza
Price: 12.00
Date tasted: 8/23/11
Place tasted: I had been kidnapped by monsters for three very long days. I was tortured, beaten, and brutalized. Thankfully on the third day I escaped and hid in what some would refer to as 'housekeeping quarters', whatever. Back home in what is actually a splendid little palace I opened a bottle of this beautiful glowing nectar and relaxed in a hot tub of epsom salts; chanting in Hindu and sipping in gratitude until all the 'happy' infused back into my being. I have never met a monster that could not be defeated. Durga Ma! May all beings everywhere be happy and free. 
Serve with: I enjoyed it with stuffed zucchini. With it's fruit forward impact and soft dry finish, it would pair well with all manor of quality beef, lamb, duck, or heavily herbed pasta dishes.
Appearance: Soft violet mumbles combine with dense black cherry and twinkle in the eye of the beholder. 
On the snoot: A brilliant powerful aroma of rich berry, celery, and sandy ocean beaches. 
Taste: Black cherry and dark berry combine on impact then give way to an etherial layer of spice and earth. Subtle tannin that gets bigger as you chew interacts with oak for a lingering, and intensely satisfying dry finish.
Balance: Nicely balanced. Full red lips, defined cheek bones, and sinewy luscious naked body. 
Comments: A fine bottle of wine with many redeeming qualities that speak well for her. Let breath for at least an hour before imbibing. Then enjoy and embrace the goodness in this, the one and only moment.  
Rating: 3.5 Tipsys

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Saturday, August 13, 2011

William Knuttel Sonoma County Cabernet 08'

Naked Wine Review 79
Wine: Cabernet, blended with Malbec, Merlot, and Petit Verdot
Producer: William Knuttel
Vintage: 08'
Region: California>Sonoma County
Price: 22.00
Date tasted: 7/22/11
Place tasted: I'm trying to recall all the lovely wholesome details of the visit at the beginning of my journey a few weeks ago when this wine was so joyfully imbibed, but I can't concentrate over the cast and crew hanging out in the hotel room above me who right now this very minute are in the process of producing the most incredible porn movie EVER MADE! How weird is your August getting?
Serve with: Cher's Pesto & Sausage Lasagna
Appearance: Deep glowing purple over garnet.
On the snoot: a dark smoky bouquet with notes of cherry, and maybe just a little coriander.
Taste: Plum, cracked pepper, and anise lay down the foundation. Fine grain tannins provide a smooth ride through a lingering soft petal finish. Very nice.
Balance: Nicely balanced; sugar and acid share center stage while a gentle tannin and alcohol rhythm section cater to her lovely melody.
Comments: You could be sitting naked in the back of your car with a classy paper coffee cup full of Cabernet and your little Mac Book making stuff up that you kinda wish would happen during a three hour ferry line wait to return to your blessed island home. Maybe you'd rather be enjoying a wonderful lasagna dinner with friends and family, or just relaxing in your little cabin up in the middle of nowhere. Wherever you end up and whatever you feel like doing, this wine will go well with it. It's just a good solid anytime anywhere wine. So drink, enjoy, and be happy and free. 

Rating: 3.4 tipsys