Monday, October 29, 2012

Marie de Beauregard Chinon
100% Cabernet Franc 09'

Naked Wine Review 108
Wine: Marie de Beauregard Chinon
Grape Varietal: Cabernet Franc
Producer: Saget La Perriere
Vintage: 09'
Region: France>Loire Valley>Chinon
Price: 20.00
Date tasted: 10/27/12
Place tasted: I missed a yoga class as well as shoulders and butts n' guts day at the gym because I could not tear myself away from the Supernatural marathon....Did you not? Anyway, preparing lamb during commercial breaks and beginning to sip wine at an appropriate hour, I felt as sane and solid as a snowflake; or some kind of flake anyway. 
Served with: Lamb roast with roasted vegetables. They bring out the best in each other like all good matches do.  
Appearance: She's dressed in a deep dark, blissfully opaque ruby gown, dancing and swirling gracefully around your glass.
On the snoot: Floral on the snoot; featuring a hint of Jasmine resting on soft earth. 
Taste: She opens with a fascinating fruit combination of pie cherry sweetened by naked black current hugs. Well integrated thick chewy tannins mingle with tar, creosote, and just a hint of vanilla from start to finish, which lingers long and dry. 
Balance: Well balanced medium body with lots of tannin. A soft fuzzy wine, showing a complex and intelligent nature.
Comments: Opens up nicely after an hour or two, so let her breathe well before imbibing. 
In other comments, 
WARNING: Never watch commercials. It will turn you into one of those Physician Pepper 'I gotta be me' drones; all dressed the same and doing the exact same song & dance. Now, who was it you had to be? 

Rating: 3.8 tipsys

Monday, October 15, 2012

Potel-Aviron Julienas
Cru Beaujolais 08'

Naked Wine Review 107
Wine: Cru Beaujolais Red Wine 
Grape Variety: Gamay
Producer: Potel-Aviron
Vintage: 08'
Region: France>Burgundy>Cru Beaujolais>Julienas
Price: 17.00
Date tasted: 10/10/12
Place tasted: I don't know. Where the hell was I? Honestly, I don't think anyone has ever been to THAT place before, naked or otherwise. It was cold. It was dry. It was sunny, and it was hot as well. The last thing I remember I can't remember...know what I mean? I think God was with me, or was it Bob? Thank Dionysus there was a good bottle of wine there so I could at least go mad in style. 
To the Cult of the Souls! 
Cheers All.
Served with: Fried green tomatoes with dollop of Greek yogurt, and marinated grilled chicken. Her light floral nature goes well with dishes that most white wines also agree with, such as chicken and vegetables; she will also work well with simply prepared red meats. She's pretty versatile; you could even serve chilled if that's your thing. Avoid with seafood or heavy cream sauces.   
Appearance: A very light and clear garnet with burnt orange refractions. She'll light up your glass when she pours into it.
On the snoot: Sandalwood and strawberry combine in a haunting perfume. Quite heavy on the sandalwood, she has an enchanting presence. Love the snoot.
Taste: She makes a grand and unforgettable entrance dressed in rich flavors of juicy strawberry, bright and quenching without being sharp or edgy. Earth and wood incorporate with jammy fruit and just a sprinkle of pepper in mid palate. Finishes long and satisfying with soft tannin and a slight hint of tobacco. 
Balance: Medium to light weight with beautifully toned legs. She packs a fair amount of acid; light on tannin and alcohol, sugar too, for that matter; thin, but healthy and full of energy. She's happy, well balanced and sane. I wonder what that's like? 
Comments: From what I've heard of Beaujolais I did not expect to be that impressed. Wrong! I am simply smitten. She is bursting with depth and character. A well dressed, poised, and brilliant woman of a wine...not the giggling little girl that I expected. (don't tell the 08' I said this, but I bet the 09' might be even better...well, you know those 09's have a reputation ;) 

Rating: 3.8 tipsys