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in pursuit of the juiciest wine: day 114 – Filón 2010 Red Wine

I have so many things to say, but first I received my Samsung Galaxy S II, Epic 4G Touch – White from Credo Mobile today. I received it during the first half of the Germany-Holland Euro Cup 2012 game. But I didn’t do anything with it until after the game. Then I spent about two-and-a-half-mindless hours configuring it and setting it up with apps, such as ESPN radio, Pandora, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo mail, and maybe something else. Who knows. Anyway, I was hungry before I started working on it, but then I forgot about the hunger. I’m not even hungry right now, and I haven’t touched it in 30 minutes. Maybe Androids are the key to losing weight.

Filón 2010 Red WineTonight’s wine is Filón 2010 Red Wine, which is 100 percent Garnacha. It’s produced by Bodegas Terra Sigilata and is from Calatayud, Spain. I picked it up because it was new at Mahan’s, and I’m always looking for the newest, especially when it’s $9.

Anyway. I need a drink to calm down from this Android distraction. So let’s get to this.

As I poured it from the decanter into a glass it smelled alcoholy and like a cheap wine. I also picked up some cherries, which were confirmed when wafted under my nose. Also, there are musty, musky mushrooms, my my.

Oh, the color is like a light maroon and is 75% opaque.

It tastes much better on the palate, but it finishes kinda cheap. There are juicy cherries on the palate and it’s kinda smooth and thick and musky. On the finish, however, it finishes with mushrooms, some bitterness, and a cheap wine feeling. The more I sip, the less cheap it tastes. But then again, the more I was on the Android, the less I thought about food and time and anything.

On the late linger, it’s like hard candy residue on the tongue, which is a good thing.

The Wine Advocate gave this 90 points. C’mon, Wine Advocate. Seriously?! I mean, if you didn’t swallow it, then I could see 90 points, but the finish brings down that point value. This is like 88 points, and for $9 it’s a pretty darn good wine. For a Garnacha, however, meh. It’s not luscious enough. I doesn’t taste like Spain. And it’s body is too small. If you want a pretty good $9 bottle of wine, then give this a try.

I wonder if Nathan Fillion would like this wine? Meh. Probably not. He can afford better.//


How Many Calories Are in a Glass of Wine?

I know some of you wine drinkers are counting calories or watching your weight, and you are probably wondering how many calories are in a glass of wine. As a result, I have been doing some research to determine how many calories are in a glass of wine. The calories vary by varietal, but they all have a similar number of calories. Below is a chart I made for the most common varietals, or the ones I drink most.

Three notes.

One: I broke this down by ounces, glass, and bottle. A bottle is 750 milliliters or 25.36 ounces, and a bottle is supposed to hold four glasses of wine plus a little more. (There are 1.36 ounces more, which, I have been told, have absolutely no calories!) So that is why there is a 6 oz column, because that’s a glass of wine. If you pour smaller or larger amounts in your glass, then you can multiply the 1 oz column by how many ounces you poured.

Two: Calories will also vary by vineyard. So the Hall Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 may have a more or fewer calories than the Columbia Crest Cabernet Grand Estates Sauvignon 2007.

Three: Yes, I made that image above. Pretty good, hunh?! (Click it to see it large. Then click it again. I’m quite impressed with this image. I made the glass see through.)

Here’s the chart. It doesn’t include Tempranillo, but I assume they will be like a Granacha. If you want a printable version, click How Many Calories Are in a Glass of Wine?

Calories in Wine



in pursuit of the juiciest wine: day sixty-five (Hacienda Molleda Garnacha 2006)

Things feel good today and this evening because I now own Miles Davis The Complete On the Corner Sessions and The Cellar Door Sessions. I’m so happy to have these. I haven’t read the articles that I linked to, but I want and need to. Nonetheless, the albums are awesome. 14 hours of awesome. Awesome. Awesome.

Hacienda Molleda Garnacha 2006I have heard the Hacienda Molleda Garnacha 2006 is also awesome. The Wine Advocate (Robert Parker) gave it 91 points.

But a note on the bottle. I like the slanted oval label, and I really appreciate the back label information. It tells about you the grape, about the vine, the location, the soil, the climate, and who the importer is. Oh, heck. I’ll just type it up for you to read.

GRAPE 100% Garnacha

THE VINE Garnacha (aka Grenache), a grape of southern Spanish origin, is a variety requiring a long, warm, growing season to fully ripen. Cariñena’s arid and windy conditions, along with hot days during the growing season, suits the Garnacha grape, producing fresh, intensive well-balanced wines.

LOCATION Zone 4, south of Zaragoza city. These vines are located at the highest altitude area in Cariñena region at 2,461 ft.

SOIL There are 3 different types of soil plots: River Stones, Clay, and Limestone. River Stones provide a warmer/drier environment, allowing for healthier level of ripeness. Clay retains water, preventing the vine from shutting down during dry years; and Limestone limits the nutrient intake of the vine, resulting in brighter, more intense flavors.

CLIMATE Continental Mediterranean, hot days and cold night, with average temperartures fo 63° F between April and October. Rainfall is very low at 14 in. yearly.


OLE GRID 2- 1 1/2 – 4

I like that information, thought I don’t know what that last line means. Hopefully, it’s code for awesome wine. I want to retain this feeling of awesome. I hope Molleda somehow means awesome. It actually means: “Molleda is one of seven parishes (administrative divisions) in the Corvera de Asturias municipality, within the province and autonomous community of Asturias, in northern Spain.”) Somehow I think it also associates with alpha somewhere, somehow. And alpha is awesome!

Enough. Let’s get to the damned wine.

It’s musky and earthy. I should have expected that from a wine Robert Parker likes. I’m not picking up much fruit. Maybe some dark figs, if such a thing exists. My girlfriend gets salami. I get something pungent, too.

I get green peppercorns, plums, cherries, and vanilla. It’s quite tasty, but a Garnacha needs to be juicier than this. It’s a little dry for a Garnacha. Maybe it needs more time to open. It’s still good, and I’m sure it will go good with the portabello pierogies and heirloom tomato sauce.

I don’t think this wine is 91 points. It’s like 89 points.//


in pursuit of the juiciest wine: day twenty-seven

Tres Ojos Old Vines GarnachaMy two favorite teams are playing tomorrow in the World Cup, Brasil and Ghana. Sigh. I have to work. I’ll try to have it on in the background. But that’s tomorrow, and today is Thursday, and it feels like it has been Thursday all this week and all last week.

In celebration of Friday being tomorrow, the long Fourth-of-July weekend ahead, and as an early toast to Brasil and Ghana winning, I will drink the Tres Ojos Old Vines Garnacha 2007 from Calatayud, Spain. (I hope Ghana wins. It’ll be tough because Uruguay has a solid defense.)

Here’s a little history about the estate:

Tres Ojos is made at the Bodega San Gregorio, a cave co-op founded in 1965 that counts 160 members. The president is Gregorio Abad Gil and the vice president is Jose Maria Hernandez. They sell wine to nine different countries. The winery is located in the Ribota River Valley, some 15 kilometers north of the city of Calatayud. Tres Ojos hails from the D.O. Calatayud, located in Aragon, a province unparalleled in Spain by its variety of landscapes (lush river valleys, mountainsides, and semi-desert areas.)  The name Calatayud derives from a Moorish governor named Ayud who built a castle (qalat) at the confluence of the Jalon and Jiloca rivers (qalat Ayud.)  There has been thriving population here as far back as Roman times when the old city of Bilbilis was used as an important staging-post for the Roman legions on their way north to Gaul. (For more information about Tres Ojos, see:
Tres Ojos Vineyard

Tres Ojos Vineyard

How about that? A cave! Plus, the grapes grow in a semi-desert area. I know there’s a need for the grapes to work and struggle, but a semi-desert? These grapes are gonna be like a suffering artist who, I hope, produces something beautiful.

But first, what’s the difference between Grenahce and Garnacha? I think they are the same, but I want to make sure. I mean, there is a difference between Syrah and Shiraz. Syrah is Old World with Old World passion, while Shiraz is New World with New World bigness. Okay, my research is complete. Grenache and Garnacha are the same. “Garnacha” is Spanish for “Grenache,” which is French.

Where were we. Oh, yeah. Suffering. So, let’s see what suffering looks and tastes like. Vamos.

I love the color. It’s a bright purple, so I sense happiness is coming my way and not suffering. It’s a fun nose that starts off juicy and with berries, then it finishes dry and with dark cherries. There’s a green melon in there, too. It smells like it will be juicy delicious.

It felt cool on the tongue, with a juicy body, and a dry finish. A peppery, dark cherry on the finish. It tastes like it smells. (My girlfriend tastes Little Caesar’s pizza. I kinda get that, too, but leaning more to a frozen pizza with lots of sauce, but a good frozen pizza, like the one you’d have at 2:3o in the morning.)

There’s no suffering here. Not like the Hungarian Bull’s Blood from last night. No, this is nothing but happiness on the front of the mouth. On the finish is where the suffering comes, though, I suppose. But’s it a tasty suffering. A suffering I want to endure again and again.//


in pursuit of the juiciest wine: day two

Red GuitarAnd the tour began with a textbook POP as the cork was released from a bottle of Red Guitar Old Vine Tempranillo Garnacha 2007 from Navarra, Spain. It’s a blend of 55% Tempranillo and 45% Garnacha, and I think those are some of the juiciest grapes around. I shall see if this is true in Red Guitar, too.

Tonight is also the last night that my girlfriend and I will eat out or order out food for a month. I think tonight we will order out some Chinese food. But for now, it’s off to the tasting.

This wine is slightly transparent when held up to a white wall. It smells juicy and of alcohol . . .  lots of alcohol. A hint of pepper, too.  Oddly, it also has a hint of vomit in the nose, but it’s not unpleasant because there are some dark plums blooming in the background along with some sour cherries. The more I swirl in air, the more the plums and cherries surface and the vomit disappears.

I got this wine for a few reasons. I haven’t had it, it’s from Spain, it’s a Tempranillo and Garnacha blend, and it has a red guitar on the label. This added up to the embodiment of Spain to me, and I expected to taste a little bit of Federico Garcia Lorca in it. I just didn’t expect it to be Lorca’s poem “Landscape of a Vomiting Multitude.”

Okay. It’s been open for about a half-hour, and I’ve been swirling for about 10 minutes. The vomit is gone, or I’ve become accustomed to it. So here goes the first sip.

It’s quite smooth. It has a round body. On the front of the tongue, it’s juicy. On the back, it’s sour . . . sour cherries. I don’t taste the vomit. I do taste cloves and maybe nutmeg. Some type of spicy berry, as well.

It’s a bit juicy, but not juicy enough for this tour. I still like this wine somewhat. It is a good accompaniment to the saxophonist playing outside in the 75-degree calm evening on Main Street, Brockport.

It’s getting better and better as it opens, but it doesn’t open enough. I’d get Red Guitar again, maybe, but only because of the price.//

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