Archive for February 3rd, 2011


in pursuit of the juiciest wine: day eighty-three (The Stump Jump Red 2008)

Last year, The Stump Jump’s Shiraz made The Wine Specatator’s Top 100 list and received 90 points. I liked that wine quite a bit, especially with the $10 price tag. It was also quite versatile as it went with so many foods.

The Stump Jump Red 2008This The Stump Jump makes The Wine Spectator’s Top 100 again. This time in spot #63 and again receiving 90 points. But this time it’s the Red – a blend of Grenache, Grenache, and Mourvedre. Bonus: it’s dollar less expensive.

By the way, I should more properly call this d’Arenberg The Stump Jump Red 2008.

You can view the whole top 100 list here: The Wine Spectator Top 100 2010.

Anyway, I’m excited by this blend of grapes. I’m all giddy. So let’s get to it.

The first thing I noticed when I poured it is that it’s thin. It shouldn’t be this translucent. Okay. I still have faith.

What a pleasant nose. It smells giddy. I get some cherries, plums, and some sort of underground vegetable. It smells of Mourvedre, but an odd one – a little off.

It’s quite thin and bitter. This isn’t good. How the hell did The Wine Spectator give it 90 points and make it the #63 wine of 2010. No way.

A sour, vegetable, and cranberry finish. The finish is the worse part.

Giddiness all gone. Replaced by wincing face. Lame. 86 points.

I’m so, so disappointed.

I just did a little research. Here’s what the Wine Enthusiast said:

This Grenache-dominant blend opens with a less-than-pleasant scent of paint thinner hiding behind more usual tones of spiced plums and candied cherries. There’s nice raspberry fruit on the finish, buoyed by a sharp whack of acidity. Drink now. W.E. (6/1/2010)  – 85

Reference link here.

That’s closer to the truth . . . and very polite, too.//

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