Saturday, December 6, 2014

Domaine Lafage Cuvee Nicolas 12'

Naked Wine Review 157

Wine: Domaine Lafage Cuvee Nicolas
Grape: Grenache Noir 
Producer: Domaine Lafage 
Vintage: 12'
Region: France>Languedoc-Roussillon >Roussillon>Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes
Price: 15.00
Date tasted: 12/5/14
Place tasted: I had spent the day rollerskating through Flintstone Land wearing my new lederhosen. The ghost of my goldfish, Freddie, led me down various paths past curious children and giant waving Fred and Barney's. I waved back, Freddie did a little dance, and we giggled all the way home. What better at the end of a fun day like that than a nice bottle of French wine? 
Served with: Spicy butternut squash soup and warm bread. She’s very food friendly; grilled meats, game, herby pasta meals, roasts, spicy vegetable dishes and things of that nature all pair well with this one. 
Appearance: Firm naked body with thick beautiful legs draped in a gown of dark luminous pomegranate. Nice.
On the snoot: is the scent of fresh berries mingling with the distinct aroma of lilacs and roses.
Taste: Bursting with jammy raspberry, sweet spice, and a soft whisper of Dutch licorice. Finish is long and full with jazzy tones of smoke and earth over juicy red fruit and dusty tannins.
Balance: Medium body with soft alcohol, lively acids, minimal sugars, and warm subtle tannins.
Comments: I love this wine! She has simple elegance and grace. Go get yourself a bottle or two, you won’t be disappointed.


Rating: 4 tipsys, excellent value

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Padrillos Malbec 13'

Naked Wine Review 156

Wine: Padrillos Malbec
Producer: Ernesto Catena Selections Winery
Vintage: 13'
Region: Argentina>Mendoza
Price: 11.00
Date tasted: 11/21/14
Place tasted: I was somewhere not being me, hanging out with you when you were Uri Geller. You kept bending spoons for wine in the local bars. Everywhere we went they had Padrillos Malbec. I quite liked it and so wrote my tasting notes on a bar napkin after 'glass zero' then found it crumpled up at the bottom of my purse the next day. This review is a result of that blurrily productive evening.
Served with: Coiled Children Playing with Eggs, trust me. As food friendly as a wine can be, she pairs well with hors d' oeuvres & cheeses of all kind, red meats, lamb, game, pork, and things of that nature (even gentle enough to serve with turkey :)
Appearance: She has elegant naked legs and svelte medium body draped in a gown of inky purple that dances around my glass, while sparkling ruby eyes wink and flirt. Very pretty.
On the snoot: Wildflower, pipe tobacco, and bramble patch combine in a breath of long lost memories; sad misplaced poets wandering in summertime meadows. 
Taste: Current black and berry too, smooth and dry the more you chew; vintage leather and tobacco cast, soft gentle tannins with a finish juicy and fast. 
(end rhyme mode) Sorry about that, it just happened.
Balance: She's well balanced and holds together nicely. Fruity and smooth if a little shy on tannin; enough acid and alcohol content to keep a lively spirit. 
Comments: This is a good everyday drinking wine. Her food friendly qualities, beautiful appearance, and all around likable nature also make her an excellent contribution to holiday gatherings.


Rating: 3.75 tipsys

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Locations Wine I-1 Italy
Red Wine by Dave Phinney

Naked Wine Review 155

Wine: Red Blend 
Producer: Locations
Vintage: 11' 
Region: Italy
Price: 13.00
Date tasted: 11/5/14
Place tasted: I was in a comforting bubble of soft blue light floating around a dusty naked moon and making up slogans for cocktail napkins... 
why, did you see me up there? 
Served with: It went wonderfully with a Frittata. What we have here is a nice full and complex wine that would pair well with herby red sauces, grilled meats, spicy sausage, strong cheeses, earthy vegetable dishes, and dark chocolate delights.
Appearance: Slow bulbous legs form as she gently peals from the glass like melting plastic wrap... fun to watch. She swims in opaque tones of garnet swirled around a glowing light of dark pumpkin orange. Very pretty.
On the snoot: Welcome a strong punch to the snoot filled with sweet fruit, wet grass and Dutch black licorice; so good I'd call it aromatherapy.
Taste: Ripe bursts of cherry, mineral, and star anise mingling with earthy mushroom and a hint of vanilla are immediately revealed. She's a mouthful of big velvety smoothness. Finish is long, hot, and juicy with fine plush tannins throughout. 
Balance: Sugar to acid ratio are even and complementary along with soft luscious tannins and heady alcohol, all well integrated into a beautiful structure. Just admire and let her breath a bit before diving in. 
Comments: Complex, interesting, and strong in character. An all around perfect wine. I loved it.


Rating: 4 tipsys

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Comoloco Monastrell 12'

Naked Wine Review 154

Wine: Comoloco 
Grape: Monastrell (Mourvedre)
Producer: Orowines & Gill Family Estates
Vintage: 12'
Region: Spain>Murcia>Jumilla
Price: 12.00
Date tasted: 10/3/14
Place tasted: I was watching this goddess on a tigers back chasing down an evil tyrant. "Run kitty, run" I thought to myself. "MA DURGA MA! Ha Ha Ha", that tyrant was toast. Good, I hate tyrants. Tyrants really suck. I just can't think of enough bad things to say about evil tyrannical forces. On the up side, I cant' think of anything bad to say about this lovely bottle of wine. She sings like a siren beckoning your thirsty ship to the reef of eternal bliss. I'm goin' in, what the hell? Smoke em' if you got em' boyeeez.
Served with: Baghdad Beef(Lamb) Stew. A food friendly wine to be enjoyed with such things as grilled meats, lamb, venison, hearty stews, herby red sauced stuff, antipasto, and medium to bold cheeses. 
Appearance: Ruby red lit with a violet black light. She's a vision to behold. 
On the snoot: Bold pungent hyacinth with ripe fruit and catnip. 
Taste: A comforting burst of jammy plum and cherry with cracked pepper and sassafras mingle in her aura presenting a wise and exotic demeanor. Soft tannins embrace the tongue as gentle fruit, spice, and herb cascade gracefully through an extended four point finish. 
Balance: Well balanced with good solid structure. Sparkling acid faeries generate energy around a sweet cherry center. Tannins are soft and minimal. Alcohol high but not offensive. 
Comments: Spanish wines seldom disappoint me and this one is no exception to the rule. I loved it. Good wine, good price, good times. Salud! 


Rating: 4 tipsys

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Reveler Red Cuvee 10'

Naked Wine Review 153

Wine: The Reveler
Grapes: 42% Cabernet Franc, 29% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon
Producer: Revelry Vintners 
Vintage: 10'
Region: Washington State>Columbia Valley>Walla Walla
Price: 14.00
Date tasted: 10/4/14
Place tasted: I was on a carousel embracing the sounds and the daydream of time passing. We started fresh and you followed me like music trying to catch up. No wait, I was sitting on the roof of my house listening to the traffic and pretending it was a river and blowing those kid bubbles from a pink plastic bubble holder while I waited for you. No not that, it was midnight and I knew you were coming because you were next in my appointment book. I looked up and the full round moon rolled up and down my spine as I sipped wine in serenity, realizing that I was really kind of everywhere, and I wasn't actually waiting at all. 
Served with: Paired perfectly with Pepper Steak on rice. It's really good, really easy, and you should really try it (replace steak with eggplant or firm tofu if you don't care for meat). 
She's a bold wine that pairs well with herby or spicy foods. Lamb, game, grilled meats, red sauced pasta dishes, antipasto, bleu and other strong cheeses, and of course dark chocolate would all be nice with this one. 
Appearance: Deep purple aubergine in a luminous ruby light that leaves a viscous coat of liquid velvet followed by lovely slow naked legs running down the inside of your glass. 
On the snoot: The breath of a goddess exhaling an intoxicating perfume of rose petals and ripe blackberry. 
Taste: A dry yet full kiss of earth and oak opening into a more berry and black current mouthful with lingering notes of basil and tobacco that follow through a slow finish that rides over rolling hills of posh tannins.
Balance: She's composed and beautifully balanced; very dry with no residual sugars and plentiful yet not overpowering tannins.
Comments: This wine is a little hot right out of the bottle so let breathe a while or decant first. Having said that I must admit I enjoyed experiencing the entire journey, from hot beginning to soft blended finish. 


Rating: 4 solid tipsys

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

les Moirets Cotes du Rhone 11'

Naked Wine Review 152

Wine: les Moirets Cotes du Rhone
Grapes: Syrah, Grenache Noir, Mourvedre  
Producer: Ogier
Vintage: 11'
Region: France>Rhone>Cote du Rhone>Controlee
Price: 9.00
Date tasted: 9/22/14
Place tasted: The day had kissed the night at exactly the same hour as the night kissed the day. I think they are enchanted with one another. Something inside me felt a calm sense of balance and an ocean blossomed on the north side of my heart where the moss grows. As I sipped and gazed distantly through a window into my happy place I felt complete satisfaction and a profound gratitude for having experienced paradise so many times.
Served with: Quick Stuffed Tomatoes. A very food friendly wine. Just avoid heavy spices that may overpower her more subtle nature (herby ok). All cheeses, good; veggies, very good; herby pasta and even Fettuccine Alfredo...all good. 
Appearance: Light glowing garnet with pretty orange rusty edges.
On the snoot: The pleasant, very subtle scent of fruit and wood. 
Taste: The distant flavor of some kind of fruit. Is it raspberry or sour cherry? Whatever it is it takes on a vanilla note as it presents in a velvety mouthful. Soft, unfocused tannins twinkle randomly in the background. Finish is quick, light, and refreshing. 
Balance: Slight bodied with just a few very skinny legs. It has no residual sugars (which we like), mellow acids, alcohol high but not too hot, and soft astral tannins. 
Comments: A good easy drinking anytime wine; nice to have around as it goes with so many foods.


Rating: 3.6 easy drinking tipsys 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Honoro Vera Garnacha 12'

Naked Wine Review 151

Wine: Honoro Vera Garnacha
Producer: Bodegas Ateca
Vintage: 12'
Region: Spain>Calatayud
Price: 9.00
Date tasted: 9/7/14
Place tasted: Saturated in full moon madness I was sitting in a bar with Ganesha drinking garnasha and eating ganache. All I could think was 'oh shit, if one side doesn't get me, the other one will'. Guilt, sex, wine, chocolate cake, yoga, Metatron, Ganesha, the faeries, pineapple express, obsessive self discipline... where does this recipe end, and what kind of image does it bake up to be? I mean, can you even comprehend a chocolate covered organic magic carrot salad? Well, maybe YOU can.
Then Ganesha said to me, "Image is nothing more than an obstacle that blocks truth". That's all he said... well that and that he was going to go bathe in the river tomorrow.  
Good talk.
Served with: Nanaimo Bars... and why not? It's a great combo, trust me.
It would also go well with grilled meats, venison, lamb roast, herby pasta or vegetable dishes and strong cheeses. 
Appearance: Sparkling clear ruby red with a violet aura.
On the snoot: A strong sweet bouquet of wild flowers, cherry cotton candy, and pine cones.
Taste: Sweet dark cherry lovingly stroked by mulling spices and fresh cracked pepper give a welcoming naked embrace while a deeper consciousness of her beauty blossoms in a incandescent glow of fresh rain and oak until you are so full with delicious wine flavor you could just burst. Then she brings the experience in for a landing on a lingering mellow fruit runway brushed with dusty tannins and cocoa. 
Now go ahead and blush, enjoy the afterglow, and repeat the experience.
Balance: She paints her color, thick and pretty all over the insides of your glass while allowing the weight of her long luscious legs to run slowly through it. Her subtle sugars, nice acid content, high yet smooth alcohol level, and fine feather dusty tannins complete a perfectly balanced and beautiful wine. 
Comments: She's a mouthful of pure splendor. I plan on keeping this one around for a while. I may even put a bottle in my Teotwawki bug out bag. 


Rating: 4 staggering tipsy's

Monday, August 25, 2014

Thorny Rose Chardonnay 11'

Naked Wine Review  150

Wine: Thorny Rose Chardonnay
Producer: Thorny Rose Wines
Vintage: 11'
Region: Washington>Columbia Valley>Prosser
Price: 9.00
Date tasted: 7/27/14
Place tastedIt was a hot summers day and waves of sunshine were bouncing off a high mountain lake making it sparkle like glitter. All... ok well some of the good people in Tuffit Town were gathering up their crawdads to train for the big race later. I wandered in quiet observation like a contented ghost with no attachments but to the nature of being, and to the nature of nature. What a perfect place to taste the wine!
Served with: Apricot marinated grilled chicken breast, baked potato and a side salad... Nice! Would be great with summer salads, fresh fish, fruit and soft delicate cheeses. 
Appearance: Ethereal happy faeries dancing on golden liquid sunshine.
On the snoot: Honeysuckle and pear embrace to create a gentle and enchanting perfume. 
Taste: Crisp and fruity on impact with citrus notes of clear high soprano. Green apple and pear combine with salted caramel and ride out like Lady Godiva on a clean naked finish bathed in splashes of cool minerals.
Balance: A beautiful balance of spring meadows, rocky waterfalls, and fresh orchard fruits. If you like a crisp chardonnay, then you'll surely appreciate this light and refreshing wine. 
Comments: Good hot weather summer wine. Another pretty girl from Washington State. 

Rating: 3.7 tipsys



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

Friday, June 27, 2014

Petite Petit 11'

Naked Wine Review 147

Wine: Petite Petit
Grapes: 85% Petite Sirah, 15% Petit Verdot
Producer: Michael David Winery
Vintage: 11'
Region: California>Lodi Appellation 
Price:13.00
Date tasted: 6/25/14
Place tasted: I'm not sure, it was really dark there and it smelled like burnt toast. I was being held captive... again. I was very pleased when they finally brought me this bottle of wine to drink. Approaching like ghosts they came, hollow, darning hooded black capes. They had pointy metal spikes that sprouted from lumpy green brows, and a pungent black perspiration oozed like crude oil from their pours (I could swear I saw Bill Gates among them). Anyway, as I sipped my wine and planned a miraculous escape from the belly of the great beast I wondered quietly to myself... 'Where in the hell is the cavalry?'... Well?
Served with: Roasted Carrots & Shallots with Oil-Cured Olives & Gremolata. It's a robust spicy wine so go ahead and pair it with robust spicy foods, herby pasta/vegetable dishes, grilled red meats, lamb, venison, strong hearty cheeses, dark chocolate delights and things of that nature.
Appearance: Inky black purple with an opaque onyx glow.
On the snoot: Blueberry & leather combine in a powerful punch to the snoot. Nice. 
Taste: Big! A meaty and stunning Xena Warrior Princess. Bold black fruit and peppercorn ride on floods of soft polished tannins. Old leather, cocoa, and earthy undertones fill out the complexity of her character and linger through a long delightfully dry finish. 
Balance: She sports the body of a naked Amazon with slow bulbous legs flowing in waves, one after the other. Comes out of the bottle pretty hot but softens nicely as she breathes. Well balanced sugars and acids, with masses of soft cushy tannins.
Comments: You may taste vanilla and not cocoa as my palate seems to consistently confuse the two. Still, I taste cocoa, so I say cocoa. The winemaker says vanilla. Either way, it's a very tasty bold and exciting wine drinking experience well worth having. I quite enjoyed it. If you like a bold red with lots of tannin, you'll quite enjoy it as well.


Rating: 3.7 tipsy's

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Ciconia Vinho Regional Alentejano 11'

Naked Wine Review 146

Wine: Ciconia 
Grapes: Aragonez 60%, Syrah 30%,Touriga Nacional 10%
Producer: Casa Agricola Alexandre Relvas
Vintage: 11'
Region: Portugal>Vinho Regional Alentejano
Price: 9.00
Date tasted: 6/12/14
Place tasted: I was inside a glass jar with holes in the lid so I could breathe wondering why they put me in here? At least they gave me a stick to climb on. At one point a large reptile eyed creature gazed in at me through the wavy glass. His eyes looked like sterling pie plates with crimped edges, lashless and cold. Pinched between those large fingers was a bottle of wine. I scurried into the corner as he lifted the jar, unscrewed the lid and gently placed the bottle along with a wine glass into my tiny controlled environment. He then placed my jar on a window sill so I could see the world outside. As I sat on my stick drinking that wine I swore to the love of all who are free that I would find my way out...  and one day, I will. 
Served with: This is a very food friendly wine and would be good with herby red pasta dishes, grilled meats, lamb, spicy vegetable creations, and a variety of cheeses. It was perfect with Caldo Verde (Portuguese Green Soup) 
Appearance: A clear radiant ruby with purple edges in the light. 
On the snoot: Like strolling through a fruited bramble patch with the scent of vanilla and soft wood riding on a gentle breeze.
Taste: A bowl of fresh blackberries and full round jammy flavors with soft vanilla and oak blended in. Polished linear tannins and a sound structure give support to follow through a medium length bold juicy finish. 
Balance: Medium body with minimal sugar, soft acids, well integrated tannins and a good punch of alcohol. Let breathe just a little before drinking.
Comments: The blend of Tempranillo (Aragonez) with Syrah and the unique bit of Touriga Nacional is just perfect. A good wine to have around for any occasion or no occasion at all. It's a feel good wine and I plan on consuming more of it in the near future.
A toast to the joyous celebration of Festa de sao Joao do Porto and to Portugal in general. 
Wine, not unlike music, is a wonderful way to appreciate the finer points of many cultures, lands, and people. To world peace, cultivated in wine and song. 
Saude!


Rating: 3.8 tipsys, excellent value