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in pursuit of the juiciest wine: day fifty-two

Geyser Peak Block Collection Walking Tree Cabernet Sauvignon 2005The NFL season began yesterday with a game that seemed like it would be explosive, but it turned out to be okay. And my fantasy football teams started rather pathetically, too. But tonight, as part of the California Cabernet Sauvignon extended mini tour, my bottle of Geyser Peak Block Collection Walking Tree Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 from Alexander Valley opened with a loud pop. It popped like it was champagne, and the cork expanded to an abnormally large size at the bottom end. I don’t know what that means. I’ll have to look into that.

In the meanwhile, I just looked out my window. The sunset is beautiful. It’s the color of an Oregon Pinot Noir, like Erath. I held my glass of wine up to it, and it’s the same hue but several shades darker. The meniscus matches almost perfectly. This glass of wine complements the sky.

And now it’s going to complement me. Allons-y.

If the sunset had a smell, it would smell like this wine. Ah, pushed that one a bit but not a lot. I do like the smell, but it smells thin and not like a cab. Though I do pick up eucalyptus, which seems to be a common note with these Californian cabs. I also get subtle hint of mint and anise. But mostly I get juicy red berries.

It’s so smooth and cool. Cool because it’s been sitting on the window ledge on this cool and delightful evening.

The palate is hit with dark berries and dark cherries. And the body is bigger here than on the nose.

The finish is unexpectedly dry and a bit tart. A half-hour later, which is an hour since the big pop, and the finish is clean. It’s not tart or dry at all. Oh this wine took a good turn. I hope my fantasy football teams does too.

Alright. The Wine Enthusiast gave this 91 points and the Wine News gave it 89. one of these days I’m going to learn that formula for calculating the points. It’s like 4+4+1+2 or something like that. That’s two things I have to look into now.

Because of that turn, I’m leaning to 90 points, as well. (I really got stop doing this point thing since I only partially know what I’m doing. My point system is comparative.)

Anyway. Good wine. I got it on sale for $14, and I’d pay that price again.

As for that big pop, I think it translates into, “Let me out to mellow. I’m so fine.” Either that or it wants to be a Châteauneuf-du-Pop. (Oh my, this tasting ends . . . now.)//


in pursuit of the juiciest wine: day forty-seven

Man, I gotta get to reading some poetry books. Right now it’s all work, Redactions: Poetry & Poetics, research, and some writing – poetry and this blog. But for now, the Californian Cabernet Sauvignon mini tour must go on.


Souverain Cabernet Sauvignon 2006Tonight’s wine is Souverain Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 from Alexander Valley in Sonoma County, California.

I’ve heard good things about this wine, and the back label says, “black cherry and black plum fruit.” I like cherries and plums. Hm. I should start identifying what type of plum next time I taste plum. Whenever I taste plum, I always picture a black plum. I must expand my ways.

This one looks like it is aging well because the clear top part of the meniscus is very thin. The wine is ruby in color and 90% opaque.

Do I get bacon on the nose? I do get leather and dark cherries as well as juicy plums, but I don’t know what color. I think there’s a hint of white pepper and some currants, too.

I’m salivating. I’d better get to this now.

It’s big and has the body you’d expect from a Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as the dryness. It has a spicy finish, too. If I were blindfolded, I would guess this is a cab.

The cherries and plums are hard to come by because it is so, so dry. I think there are some blackberries, too. If you pay close attention, you might get anise and mint on the palate, but they are barely noticeable.

It’s loosening up as it opens, and I just got bing cherries.

This wine is solid. It is a Cabernet Sauvignon. Because it is loosening up and becoming less dry, I give it 91 points. Not that I have anything against dryness, but this was really dry for a while. It felt like my gums were made of fuzz.

Oh, and it’s only $14.

Next time, the wine that has spoiled me off my regular everyday wines – The Hall 2006, which I’ve written about twice and the 2005 once.//

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