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in pursuit of the juiciest wine: day fifty

Two wine posts in one night! And, actually, this is my third wine post for the day, since 48 happened shortly after midnight and 49 just happened recently. I’m on a roll.

Hall Cabernet Sauvignon 2006Well, this is the fiftieth in the pursuit of the juiciest wine. Number fifty only deserves the best, so Hall Cabernet Sauvignon 2006. In  addition, it continues the Californian Cabernet Sauvignon extended mini tour.

If you want to read my other tasting notes about this wine, check out day thirty-three. For the 2005, check out day thirty-six.

This is one of the best wines I’ve had in a long time. I already know this will be like 94 points or so.

This smells denser and tarter than I remember. It probably needs a little more time to open up. So, let’s wait a while. It’s only been about 30 minutes already, and I remember it needing time.

Now I get black licorice on the nose as well as currants and plums. The nose is not the best of the wine, which is odd for me because the nose is usually my favorite part.

It’s got a big body and it’s a bit dry. This probably still needs more time to open.

Tick tick tick . . . tick tick tick . . . tick tick tick.

It’s been about two hours now. The nose has loosened up to some cherries and juicier plums. There’s also a slightly peppery finish.

This isn’t as good as the last time I had it, but it’s still good. This time I’m only giving it 90 points.//


in pursuit of the juiciest wine: day forty-nine

Barefoot Cabernet SauvignonThe Californian Cabernet Sauvignon extended mini tour continues with Barefoot Cabernet Sauvignon 2008? It doesn’t have a year listed. That can’t be good. That’s ok. I got this because I want something that I don’t think is going to be too good. I want to try something that I hope will be 85 points just so have a reference as to what an 85 tastes like. I want to make sure I haven’t been rating too high. The Wine Enthusiast, however, gave it a Best Buy rating in November 2008.

I just did a little research from any of the noted tasters that I could find. Here’s what I got: Wine Spectator 82 points and Wine Enthusiast 87 points. That’s all I could find. Non-noted tasters were more aligned with the Wine Spectator.

So here it goes.

The color looks about right for a cab. The nose is very alcoholy with blueberries and cloves.

It has a jammy and bitter finish that gives me goose bumps, but not good goose bumps. After another sip I wince . . . a lot. This ain’t too good. I don’t even know how to rate it. It’s definitely not an 87. It’s somewhere between 82-85.

How can I ever trust the Wine Enthusiast again. There’s no way anyone can give this an 87.//


in pursuit of the juiciest wine: day forty-eight

Holy cow, it’s midnight, and I’m just starting the wine tasting. But it’s okay because it’s the beginning of a long weekend. Yay!

InceptionTo kick off the long weekend, my girlfriend and I saw Inception at Imax. It was a pretty good movie. It was interesting and unique and often predictable, but I got lost in it, so that’s good. I do wish it was more dreamy and surreal. It started to be, but then it drifted away from it except for a couple of cool fight scenes.

I do think the writers weasled their way out a bit at the end. I could see the ending coming by the way it was written. They couldn’t find a way out. But the ambiguous ending was fun. It was a good movie.

Murphy-Goode Cabernet Sauvignon 2007It needs to be seen on the big screen, as most movies do. So much is lost when just watching it on DVD on your tv. Nonetheless, I’ll watch it again on DVD.


I hope I get lost in the Murphy-Goode Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 from Santa Rosa, CA. That’s right the Californian Cabernet Sauvignon mini tour is now the Californian Cabernet Sauvignon extended mini tour.

This is one has a dark ruby color that is 90 percent opaque. It comes with a fruity nose followed by pepper. I get currants and pomegranates, too. There might be also some melon in there.

It’s quite peppery. I get dark cherries and  mountain blackberries.

The finish is peppery and at the end are pomegranates. My girlfriend picked up on that pomegranate finish, and I concur.

It’s a good wine. Not great. It just is. Let’s say 88 points.//

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