Archive - June 2014

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Barton & Guestier Chenin Blanc 2012
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The Crusher Viognier 2012
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Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc + Viognier 2013
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Penfold’s Rawson’s Retreat Merlot 2009
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Marqués de Riscal Rosé Rioja 2010
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Purple Cowboy Red Blend 2012
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Columbia Crest Chardonnay 2011
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10 Great Wines for $10 or Less
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Mundo de Yuntero, Tempranillo y Syrah 2012
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The Path Pinot Noir 2012

Barton & Guestier Chenin Blanc 2012

Vouvray, France
Splurge
$11.99
Sitting here tired and excited I’m trying hard to write this last blog post before I go on vacation for a week. I’ve been packing and doing laundry and making arrangements for my sweet furry bitch to be looked after while I’m away.

I wish I could say that I’ll be traveling wine country in France or even California but no, I’m going on my first cruise ever. This would not normally be my idea of a vacation. I would rather travel to Madrid and drive from there to San Sebastian and then Barcelona (which I have done) but instead I’ll be on a monstrously huge ship in the middle of the western Caribbean, literally with a boat load full of strangers. The one saving grace is that I’ll be traveling with my family who I can’t wait to spend some quality time with, even if it’s stuck with them on a ship.

I’m so distracted but dammit I’m going to get this blog post out before I go or else this delicious bottle will be nothing more than a faint and lovely memory.

Speaking of the wine, the goddamn French are so good at making this shit. Man! This Chenin Blanc had none of the overt fruitiness of the Voignier and was not as sweet. It too had a peachy sweetness but with a grapefruit pucker that made it well-balanced, for my tastes anyway. Read More

The Crusher Viognier 2012

Wilson Vineyards, The Clarksburg; California
Splurge-y
$10.99
What an unexpected surprise! After that somewhat iffy blend with the Chenin Blanc I was not sure what to expect from this Viognier. Especially throwing me off was the first whiff upon uncorking this bottle.

It reminded me of Fruit Stripe gum from my childhood. Remember that shit? Fruit flavored gum with a zebra for a mascot? Initially I was scurred. But the first sip pushed that fear aside. tumblr_liuia119Wb1qdgmhm
fruit_stripe-www.colourlovers.com

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Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc + Viognier 2013

California
Splurge-y
$9.99
This blend reminded me of that friend we all have, you know the one. That one person that you meet up with after a long absence and you wonder why it’s been so long. You’re first happy by the reunion and have a swell ol’ time catching up, but then you have the crashing realization why it is you don’t spend more time together — this person is just too much. Over-the-top and bursting with an excess of, um, personality, for days and days — they just won’t shut up — a one-way conversationalist. You just sit there being talked at and every attempt to interject and contribute is met by an impenetrable wall of their own voice, and so you give up and look for an exit plan. It’s that friend you can only see every once in a while, and in small doses.

Peachy sweet with an effervescent lift and an interesting coppery, rusty coloring. Slightly and pleasantly sparkling on my tongue; smelled and tasted of overripe fruit. There were even tiny little bubbles that clung to the inside of the glass.

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Penfold’s Rawson’s Retreat Merlot 2009

Australia
$7.99
As far as inexpensive mass-market wines go this one beats out others you can find at your local grocery store named after penguin’s and flip-flop’s. They’re easy to find, tasty and pretty consistent. Like the Chipotle of wines.

This particular Merlot had a nice smooth finish and pleasant minerality (a ridiculous wine word that means it tastes like or somehow has the essence of stone, I know I know, but I like this one). A bit thick in the mouth with dark fruit notes of blackberry and plum. Definitely full-bodied but with a sprite lift of acidity.

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Marqués de Riscal Rosé Rioja 2010

Rioja, Spain
Splurge-y
$8.99
This was not only the first rosé I’ve purchased with a cork instead of a screw cap but also the first that wasn’t French. This Spanish Rosé Rioja was more the dark and broody sister of its bright and effervescent French sibling.

It was every sip a Spanish rosé; fresh, mysterious and with a touch of something foreboding. She goes down at the end with a slightly bitter warmth.

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Purple Cowboy Red Blend 2012

Paso Robles, California
Splurge-y
$9.99
Ride ’em cowboy!! Dark and juicy, the finish on this one lingers nearly as long as those lumbering scenes in Brokeback Mountain — speaking of cowboys.

But maybe this Cowboy was more like the bastard Stark son in Game of Thrones, clad in leather, wielding a sword and reminding you that “winter is coming.”

The first few un-inhibiting glasses of Cowboy may have been the reason I finally succumbed to all the hoopla being made over this damn HBO fantasy drama (I’m hooked and only four episodes into the series AND trying to avoid too many spoilers, so shhhhh).

I’m glad I rode with the Purple Cowboy. By the end of the first episode my purple stained mouth formed a perfect circle in a gasp that nearly sucked in the fluffy tail of my nearby slumbering direwolf — I mean dog.

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Columbia Crest Chardonnay 2011

Columbia Valley, Washington State
Splurge-y
$9.99
Initially it was bursting with ripe and juicy fruit flavors, followed by a sharp bite before the lingering, funky alcoholic finish. This one was a lady in the street but a freak in the sheets. She started out like Charlotte in Sex and the City but turned into Samantha by the time I swallowed it down, like a shot of, um, wheat grass. Read More

10 Great Wines for $10 or Less

Here’s a cool graphic breaking down some inexpensive wine options. Some I’ve had, others I will be looking for.
Saw this on wineforthe99.com but it originally appeared on selfstorage.com.

Mundo de Yuntero, Tempranillo y Syrah 2012

La Mancha, Spain
$7.99
On the day after opening this bottle I sat with the remaining half on my candlelit porch at twilight and it was the perfect pairing. Just gorgeous. This bottle was a fun time gal.

She seemed to enjoy the distant sounds of an outdoor music festival heard faintly in muffled tones punctuated by occasional cheers and hand-clapping — interrupted only by police sirens springing up at intervals from all around before fading off, each in a different direction.

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The Path Pinot Noir 2012

California
$6.99
I‘ve been trying to write more about the emotional experience of drinking wine and less about the subjective tasting notes, which although helpful and valid, I find a little less interesting.

I’ve noticed that the mood I’m in influences the experience I have with the wine I drink. I find it also true of art, films and music. There are times I don’t get into a film or a new album at first, but upon a second viewing or listening I’m blown away by it. Sometimes my mind needs time to adjust to something new, but other times it’s the state I find myself in that informs my experience.

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