Saturday, July 26, 2014

Coronas Tempranillo Red 09'

Naked Wine Review 149

Wine: Coronas Tempranillo Red Wine
Grapes: Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon 
Producer: Familia Torres
Vintage: 09’
Region: Spain>Catalunya 
Price: 11.00
Date tasted: 7/25/14
Place tasted: I was floating on my back in a hot springs enjoying the Earths most sensuous element with calm surrender. Suddenly a couple of wispy clouds moved in a shameless dance of copulation across the periwinkle sky above me. I rose up to the edge where gentle breezes stroked and cooled, and the taste of an endearing red wine satisfied the whole of my senses. A deep breath blew into me and I received it like a warm embrace, feeling richly blessed and grateful. 
Served with: Pear and Gorgonzola filled mini phyllo tarts. These are so good and so easy to make, you have to give my little recipe a try. Delicious. 
Appearance: A deep glowing liquid gem of red garnet brilliance fills your glass and dazzles your vision. 
On the snoot: Plump fruit hanging fat on the tree; breezing with the scent of a lake side orchard and wet willow branches.
Taste: Flavors of big cherry and ripe plum mingle with woody earth and cardamom pods. Dry and soft with cocoa dusted tannins that blend without overpowering. A long virile finish fills the mouth fully then lingers in a naked afterglow of unique and exotic expression. 
Balance: Perfect. Very slight on sugars; acid quite gentle and understated though nice and dry. Although the alcohol is 14% it's not too hot and does not need extensive breathing time. Tannins are soft, plentiful and polished. Shapley legs cascade down the glass in patterns of unique form.
Comments: Poetry in a glass. I love the touch of cabernet which hangs like priceless jewels on an already beautiful being of pure royalty. Need more. MORE! 

Rating: 4 tipsys, excellent value… omg, really really good.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Triton Mencia 11'

Naked Wine Review 148

Wine: Triton
Grape: Mencia
Producer: Jorge Ordonez Group
Vintage: 11'
Region: Spain>Castilla y Leon>Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y Leon
Price: 16.00
Date tasted: 7/7/14
Place tasted:I was watching the ants moving around on concrete by my home where the 94 degree sunlight beat down on their freshly built domiciles. They seemed unaffected by the heat and in fact pretty happy about the whole thing. I guess that's where the expression 'happy as an ant' came from. Anyway, I couldn't help but wonder as I slowly chewed my wine from a nice shady vantage point, do ants sweat?
Served with: Mint Crusted Rack of Lamb (on smashed potatoes), which was easy to make and so good I thought I'd died and gone to heaven. It is an excellent choice with this wine. 
Appearance: Like the naked silhouette of a beautiful woman dancing freely and draped in violet silks, almost completely hidden in the inky black night.
On the snoot: The scent of a chiseled hot sweaty man picking the blackberries he found growing near an old abandoned railroad track...
in other words, berry, testosterone and creosote,  a heady, provocative cologne. 
Taste: Ripe black current warms in layers of licorice spice nutmeg and peppercorn softened by herby catnip. Finish darns a long flowing gown of tannin with the sticky patina of tobacco and soft oak. 
Balance: Robust body and long legs that show great enthusiasm as they go running down the sides of your lucky glass. Kind of hot out of the bottle so let her breathe for a couple of hours after opening so the flavors can warm and blossom. Tempered acids, almost no residual sugar, and a plethora of warm fuzzy tannins make for a firm, balanced structure. 
Comments: She's full of character with many layers of flavor that compliment one another beautifully. My first impression was 'wow, this reminds me of Pinotage', which is one of my favorite wines. With all that tar and the dirty trolls feet, it was love at first taste. 

Rating: 4 euphoric tipsys