Saturday, September 29, 2012

Chateau Bonnet Red Bordeaux Controlee 09'

Naked Wine Review 106
Wine: Red Bordeaux 
Grape Variety: 50% Cabernet 50% Merlot
Estate: Chateau Bonnet
Producer: S.C.E.A. Les Vignobles Andre Lurton
Vintage: 09'
Region: France>Bordeaux>Bordeaux Controlee
Bottling Location: Mis En Bouteille Au Chateau (bottled at the chateau)
Price: 15.00 seems to be the average cost
Date tasted: September, it's all been the same day this month. 
Short month, long day.
Place tasted: I tasted this wine comfortably in the memory of a rainy day. I was remembering what air was like and how much I really used to enjoy breathing it. I miss the days before the fires and smoke when undines fell from the sky, singing and gently tapping at my window beckoning me to join in their liquatious celebration. 
Until we meet again, I will smile with delight in anticipation of our inevitable joyous reunion. Cin Cin!
Served with: Grilled sirloin steak & ratatouille. Complements with medium to strong flavors such as herby pasta dishes, grilled red meats, hard cheeses, dark chocolate, and wild wild women. 
Appearance: Deep cherry red draped in darkness moving with slow viscosity through someone else's moonlight. 
On the snoot: Heady and provocative, with a warm bouquet of black cherry, sweet pipe tobacco, and vintage leather.
Taste: There's that black cherry again, but there's also a plum tree in the orchard. She's a mouthful of fruit leading to a place where smoky leather gently pats the naked fannies of multiple seductive tannins. In the afterglow, lingering visions of cocoa, earth, and peppercorn leave the palate euphoric and wandering through a long, well defined finish. 
Balance: Medium to full bodied and perfectly balanced with no aspect dominant or missing. She's smooth and dry with the gentle nature, poise, and grace of royalty. Long live the queen.
Comments: Now THAT'S a Bordeaux! She's delightful company and eternally sexy, kinda like Catherine Deneuve.  

Rating: 4 tipsys

Wine for this review compliments of:
White Plains, NY

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Vidal-Fleury Cotes du Rhone 09'

Naked Wine Review 105
Wine: Rhone Red Wine
Grape Variety: Grenache 65%; Syrah 20%; Mourvedre 10%; 
Carignan 5%
Producer: Vidal-Fleury
Vintage: 09'
Region: France>Cotes du Rhone>Controlee
Price: 15.00
Date tasted: 9/3/12
Place tasted: I was holed up in a cheap motel room somewhere in Idaho, hiding from naked government spies.... don't ask.
My dear friend and ally, Bob, had come along to help keep me calm and centered. Luckily I'd grabbed this bottle of Cotes du Rhone before we slinked out of town. 
Locked in our motel room under assumed names, with blinds drawn, wearing stolen clothes and driving a rental car, we felt as safe and warm as if we were living in an old episode of 'Leave it to Beaver'. So why not relax, sip, and enjoy a moment of artificial peace? 
Good ol' Bob; bad ol' spies. 
Served with: Moussaka, with it's rich sweet lamby goodness and gentle spices paired beautifully with the wines elegant dry complexities. 
This wine can handle strong flavors and plenty of acid and herb. Red pasta dishes, grilled meats, strong cheese...all good choices. Stay away from more subtle flavors as the wine will overpower them.
Appearance: Dense blood red body with a glowing deep purple soul.
On the snoot: Sandalwood and berries laced with wet, nose quenching minerality. 
Taste: Herb and earth forward with notes of the rare blueberry fig fruit and a slight mid range tang. Finish is long and captivating with peppery firm leather wrapped tannins. She's everything a fine wine should be.
Balance: Hot, with light to medium body, high acidity/alcohol, no residual sugar, and a plethora of warm fuzzy little tannins. Very nice.
Comments: Let breathe for an hour or so before imbibing. Her perfume is enchanting and her character, exotic yet subtle. 
You should buy some; and I should buy more. 

Rating: 3.8 tipsys, excellent value.

Wine for this review compliments of:
White Plains, NY