Archive for January 17th, 2012


in pursuit of juiciest wine: day 106 – Raymond Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Selection 2008

So before we begin, I need to show you some seasonal gifts I received.

First there is:

Doctor Who and the Green Magots from The Green Death

Doctor Who and the Green Magots from The Green Death

The third Doctor is one my favorites. The tenth is obviously the best, and the fourth is pretty good, too. But here we have the third doctor with his sonic screwdriver levitating a bottle of Raymond Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Selection 2008 as it is being attacked by green maggots. The third doctor also stands on some coasters my friend made. Actually, the bottle isn’t levitating, it’s suspended in the air by a magical wine rack my brother gave me. It’s pretty awesome. It continually astounds me.

Then there are these:

Decanter and Tour Glasses

Decanter and Tour Glasses

A decanter! I’ve been meaning to get one of these for so long. Luckily, another friend got me one. And yes, decanter’s do make a difference, as I’ve discovered. The two glasses are called tour glasses, at least at Crate and Barrel. They are modeled after Schott Zwiesel’s angled glasses, which are $62 to $72 at Amazon depending on the day. In the decanter above is a whole bottle of Raymond Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Selection 2008.

Raymond Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Selection 2008To the tasting.

But first a little background. Here’s another Cabernet Sauvignon that’s not all cab. According to the Raymond Vineyards website, this one is 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, and 3% Cabernet Franc, and it’s 14.5% alcohol. The list price is $35, but I picked it for $19.99 at Mahan’s. The people at Mahan’s said if I liked the Sebastini 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon that I’d love this, and I love the Sebastini, especially its jammy finish. Mmm.

Ok. To the wine. It’s not very opaque for a cab. It’s like 75% opaque. I can see through it.

The nose is big and musty with mushrooms, black currants, raspberries, anise, one bing cherry, and few grains of cinnamon. There’s a lot going on here. I hope it tastes a bit more simple.

There are big fruits, but they aren’t juicy. They are dry. There’s a hint of cherry, too.

The finish is spicy with white pepper plus the cinnamon. What a fun finish. It’s not jammy like the Sebastini, but it’s fun. I keep sipping it just for the finish. The long finish.

It so smooth and velvety, too. It’s damned delicious. 91 points.//


Happy 70th Birthday Muhammad Ali – A Tribute in Songs

Here are some tribute songs for The Greatest on his 70th.

Sir Mark Rice – Muhammad Ali

Trio Madjesi – 8ieme Round

Jorge Ben – Cassius Marcellus Clay

The People’s Choice – Best Ever & Muhammad Ali

Eddie Curtis – The Louisville Lip

Dennis Alcapone – Cassius Clay & Joe Frazier (Round 2)

Dermot Kelly – Muhammad Ali – The Ballad

The Alcoves – The Ballad of Muhammad Ali

Orchestra G.O. Malembo – Foreman Ali Welcome To Kinshasa

Big Youth – Foreman vs. Frazier

Don Convay – Rumble in the Jungle

Tom Russell – Rumble in the Jungle


The Quotes

David Jordan – “My Destiny” – A Tribute

Much of this can be found on Hits & Misses.//

The Cave (Winner of The Bitter Oleander Press Library of Poetry Book Award for 2013.)

The Cave

Poems for an Empty Church

Poems for an Empty Church

The Oldest Stone in the World

The Oldest Stone in the Wolrd

Henri, Sophie, & The Hieratic Head of Ezra Pound: Poems Blasted from the Vortex

Henri, Sophie, & The Hieratic Head of Ezra Pound: Poems Blasted from the Vortex

Pre-Dew Poems

Pre-Dew Poems

Negative Time

Negative Time

After Malagueña

After Malagueña

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