Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Brujeria Red Blend 08'

Naked Wine Review 143

Wine: Red blend
Grapes: 50% Tempranillo, 20% Shiraz, 14% Grenache, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon
Producer: Some Young Punks for the Misfit Wine Company
Vintage: 08'
Region: Australia>South Eastern Australia 
Price: 10.00
Date tasted: 4/28/14
Place tasted: A black dog had chased me up a tree and I wasn't even wearing any shoes. I did however have a bottle of wine, cork screw, and an emergency glass in my wine2k bug out bag so I was prepared to wait it out till that black dog decided to give up and go bug someone else. The late afternoon sun warmed me and my naked feet and while sipping wine I let all my troubles tumble down the trunk of that tree where the dog gobbled them up like food. About half way through my glass I found myself smiling and humming a pretty tune. The next time I looked down I saw the dog walking away in defeat. 
May the black dog of misery never catch your scent. 
Cheers all.
Served with: Braised lamb shanks with balsamic vinegar... yummy! It would be good with many foods including grilled red meats, game, stews, roasts, lamb, medium to strong cheeses and of course, dark chocolate. 
Appearance: A sparkling alexandrite red with opalescent flashes of purple and orange. She's a looker, very pretty.
On the snoot: Enchanting perfume of sweet ripe plum and cherry with just a hint of fresh gummy fish.
Taste: Wow, what an incredible blend of grapes! It's like tasting a wine rainbow. Plenty of juicy gentle fruit laced with spice, leather, and smoke. Soft polished and understated tannins make one swoon and grin. Finish is smooth and wet. 
Balance: With a 14% alcohol you'd expect it to be kind of hot, but it's not, just delicious. She's as balanced and poised as a circus performer on a high wire. 
No bitterness, rich but not sweet, a tasteful amount of tannins, not too hot or too cold.... this wine is just right. 
Comments: I love it. I love everything about it. I'm going to make it a regular in my wine stash. You just can't not like this wine. 

Rating: 4 staggering tipsy's, excellent value

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Antano Crianza 09'
Red Blend

Naked Wine Review 142

Wine: Antano Crianza 
Grapes: 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, 5% Mazuelo 
Producer: Garcia Carrion
Vintage: 09'
Region: Spain>Rioja
Price: 8.00
Date tasted: 4/14/14
Place tasted: I had spent the afternoon choosing a tree to plant in honor of the upcoming Earth Day Celebration (April 22nd). I'd decided on Chokecherry in hopes of one day harvesting fruit from which to make wine. Thoughts of spring and flowers, mountain hikes and meadows, and Saturday morning farmers markets made the edges of my lips curl up in in joyous expression. 
As the evening blossomed in layers of changing mood from earth to sky where a round yellow moon was hung in incandescence, my attention turned to the wine in my glass as a painting all its own and I marveled at the gift of my various senses. Being human is not without its perks. 
I wish us all the joy in divine truth and awareness today and always. 
Served with: Herby red sauced Italian dishes, grilled red meats, roasted vegetables (like red bell peppers), and of course rich dark chocolate things like flourless chocolate cake with ripe red strawberries. Just make sure there's something red in there and you'll be fine.
Appearance: A mysterious inky black garment with light rusty edges covers her curvy naked body.
On the snoot: The scent of black fruit and vintage rose petals on a sandy ocean beach caress the air around her.
Taste: Cassis, fig, and soft vanilla with mineral rain are wet on the palate; then woody tannins fill the mouth and gobble up all the fruit, leading into a long satisfying dry finish. A happy ending with a little spank. 
Balance: She sports a modest medium body with shy meaty legs. No residual sugar; she's bright with a bite but warms nicely after relaxing and breathing for a while. A plethora of tannins full of character and charm complete her well balanced character.
Comments: Spanish is among my favorite of wines. This one's a lively and food friendly delight. Pick some up and enjoy a festive and inspired day.

Rating: 4 tipsys, excellent value