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in pursuit of the juiciest wine: day nine

Saint Cosme Cotes Du Rhone 2008As soon as the cork popped from the  Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone 2008, a bouquet of raspberries flowed out like a genie released from its lamp. I want to drink it now, but I have to drive to the store to get some cheese, crackers, bread, and cherry tomatoes or grapes. Maybe a chocolate pie, too. Tonight, it’s me and the girlfriend hanging out, playing Scrabble, listening to music, and taking an imaginary trip to France, or Cardiff, Wales.

Part of the back label reads:

The galets roulé “rolling stones!” on their red clay give Syrahs strength and intensity. At the opposite, the limestony sands reveal finesse and minerality.

I assume, there is lots of syrah in this Rhone. Maybe it’s all syrah. . . . I just did a little research. It’s 100% syrah. If my memory is correct, syrah originated in the Rhone Valley, so that makes sense. However, I always thought a Rhone was a blend of two or more grapes, like syrah and grenache. . . . I can’t verify the specifics of the blend or if it has to be a blend.

I’m off to walk the dog and go to the store. I’ll be back in an hour-and-a-half or so. Hold on.

. . .

Suite. I’m back. Time to drink!

It’s got a happy purple color especially around the meniscus. It makes me think of lavenders in spring. It smells dark and heavy like it will be Cabernet Sauvignon. Leather, tobacco, earth, dark plums, and juicy cherries. Bing cherries. Like the syrupy ones out of a jar. The ones you put on a sundae. A cherry on top and some peppers down below and the aforementioned in between.

It’s got legs like a Cabernet Sauvignon, too. So alcohol, here I come.


Finally, I’m going to taste it. It’s dry, juicy, and peppery with a slight sour finish. Lot’s of herbs. The girlfriend says, “Pizza herbs!”

It’s like a thin Cab and dry on the front teeth.

After pouring another glass it has opened up. The dryness isn’t as dominant, and the herbs are really coming out. This is definitely a red-sauce pizza wine. Yeah, I bet if I had pizza this would be really juicy, and it would work its way between the herbs and the sauce. It would become one with the sauce. It’s a zen pizza wine.//


in pursuit of the juiciest wine: day one

Tres Picos Borsao Garnacha 2004

Tres Picos Borsao Garnacha 2004. One of the juiciest

I often go on my own imaginary week-long wine tours. For instance, one week I drank nothing but Washington state Merlots, because I think Washington makes the best Merlots. Another time I drank nothing but California wines. I had a hypothesis that all wines from California taste exactly as they should. For example, if you get a Californian Cabernet Sauvignon, it will taste exactly as a Cab should. My test proved that hypothesis to be sometimes correct.

Over the course of this week, I will try to find the juiciest wine.

I went to Marketview Liquors today because I also wanted to try wines I have not had. My favorite place to get wines in Monroe Country, NY, is at Mahan’s Liquors in Brockport. It’s has a great wine selection and a wonderful staff. I love it there. However, I have had every bottle of wine there that’s under $20, and often twice and some of them hundreds of time, like Red Diamond Merlot – my favorite everyday wine. Mmmm.

To start my tour this time, I also got a new corkscrew. It was time. The best corkscrews are the double-hinged corkscrews, sometimes referred to as a waiter’s corkscrew. They just work great. The one I got this time was the “Rabbit Barware 2-Step Waiters’ Corkscrew.” I haven’t used it yet, but I like the feel of the handle.

My tour will begin, most likely, on Saturday. Allons-y.//

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