Posts Tagged ‘Mahan’s


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.//


In Pursuit of the Juiciest Wine: Day 110 – Domaine Les Grands Bois Cuvée Philippine 2010

Southern Miss Golden EaglesToday, my girlfriend and I were accepted into the PhD Creative Writing program at The University of Southern Mississippi. It’s a three-year program, which is awesome, and it has good writers there. We are happy to both be accepted into one school that is the same for both of us. It relieves a lot of pressure. We still have six other schools to hear from, but Southern Miss is a great choice.

Now for some crazy, random stuff. I currently teach once class of Introduction to Creative Writing at SUNY Brockport, where I received an MA in English a long time ago and where my girlfriend is finishing up her Masters. The team name for SUNY Brockport is the Golden Eagles. The team name for Southern Miss is the Golden Eagles, too. Wait. There’s more. The people who lived in our magnificent apartment before us, also got accepted into Southern Miss. That’s crazy. They went for a Masters in Dance, but still it is crazy.

Domaine Les Grands Bois Cuvée Philippine 2010So to celebrate, we will be drinking Domaine Les Grands Bois Cuvée Philippine 2010 from Côtes-du-Rhône Villages. A cuvée is a blend, but I’m not sure what a Cuvée Philippine is. (Literally, “cuvée” translates into “vat.”) I hope it’s good, especially since it has been decanting for three hours.

But first, what makes up this cuvée? It is 55% Grenache, 35% Syrah, and 10% Carignan, and the grapes come from vines that are 10-70 years old. I hope most of them come from the 70-year-old vines. And since it is mostly Grenache, I’ll assume it is from the southern Rhone region.

To the tasting! Allons-y.

This wine has the color of a black cherry and is 90% opaque.

The nose is smoky and earthy. I mean real earthy. I can smell the dirt from where the vines grew. There are also black cherries, strawberries, and lavender.

Oh my goodness. What a texture. So soft. So round. So solid. There are no holes in this. The taste is steady. It’s not compartmentalized.

I pick up darkness on the taste. It tastes like midnight in the Garden of Eden the night before the fall. This is the wine they would to need to drink after they were expelled. It even has a little bitterness to the finish. The finish is also dark and with a little pepper.

Expulsion from the Garden of Eden

"Expulsion from the Garden of Eden". Thomas Cole. 1828.

In less metaphorical terms, it has dark berries, especially tart black berries.

This wine is $13 at Mahan’s in Brockport. It’s well worth the price. I imagine this would go good with some woody mushrooms, like Shitake mushrooms. It will also go good with hamburgers, especially if the outside of the hamburger is slightly charred. I think it will also go well with kielbasa.

The finish really dominates this taste. It lingers and it needs food to make it end.

I can see why Robert Parker gave this 90 points. This is a typical dark wine that he would like. If you like, dark, earthy wines, you will love this, especially at $13. It is a little too dark for me, as wines Robert Parker likes often are. But I can see how he gave it 90 points. But based on what I like, I gave it 89 points, but I respect what it does.//


In Pursuit of the Juiciest Wine: Day 109 – Chateau de Ribebon Bordeaux Supérieur 2009

Chateau de Ribebon Bordeaux Supérieur 2009Tonight’s wine is Chateau de Ribebon Bordeaux Supérieur 2009, which is $14 at Mahan’s Liquor in Brockport. This is an affordable Bordeaux, which is like an oxymoron, but it’s “Supérieur,” which means it has attitude. Therefore, I assume this wine is going to try really hard to prove its worth to me. You know, it’s going to try and impress me with some sleight of hand tricks. Or maybe its just confident and knows what its all about. Its like, “I’m know I’m good, damn it!” and then it snaps its fingers. I hoping for the latter . . . I think. Either way, there’s going to be attitude.

This Bordeaux is 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10 % Cabernet Franc. Usually, I think, Bordeauxs are more Cabernet Sauvignon than anything else. So odd.

The color of the wine is deep claret. Well, that’s what the back of the bottle says. I don’t think I’ll disagree.

Here’s what the whole back of the bottle says:

Variety :

60 % Merlot, 30 % Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10 % Cabernet Franc.

Color :

Deep Claret

Nose :

A gently perfumed nose of blackberry, cherry, and cassis fruit and chocolate layers with some spices and cedary notes.

Palate :

This stylish wine shows elegance and concentration with brooding fruits, delicate tannins, and cedary, integrated oak.

Complex and inviting, the structure is fine, the fruit intense, and the finish persistently long.

Assessment :

Great wines produce by Alain AUBERT (6th generation of Aubert producing wine in the region) and his daughters.

They are also producers of the famous Château La Couspaude and Château Haut-Gravet in St. Emilion.

(“St. Emilion” means they are from east Bordeaux, or the right bank.)

When I poured this into the decanter, I picked up lots of berries on the nose. The odors just wafted up. I picked up a bouquet of flowers, too. I have a feeling it has decanted enough. French wines tend to need time to breathe to open up, but we’ll see.

(I’m did my tasting notes before I read the back label, except for the color part and the blend infromation.)

So the nose. The nose has dark berries and a deep, dark forest. I also get dark chocolate. A salty, dark chocolate.

The taste is mild, but this may be because I’ve been drinking Cabernet Sauvignon almost exclusively for the past week or so. Actually, there’s not much happening on the palate. This maybe why I lean to new world wines instead. They are bigger and more pronounced. This old world wines are more subtle. So subtle they don’t even pronounce the “b” in subtle.

The more I swirl it, though, the more it opens. I’m getting dark cherries and dry raspberries and dry blueberries. Oh, and earthy, too.

The finish is chalky, which may mean it needs a little more time to open up.

I’m barely picking up the chocolate that is mentioned on the back-label tasting notes.

This wine is ok. It stands up. It’s not great, and it’s not bad. It’s ok, and it has no attitude.

It does get juicier the longer it’s open. The cherries come out more, and the dry raspberries and blueberries are no longer dry but are juicy.

I’ll say 88 points.//


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.//


in pursuit of the juiciest wine: day ninety-six (Beringer Moscato 2009 vs. Tintero Sori Gramella Moscato d’Asti 2010)

Today I had an early dinner at an Italian restaurant with my family, where I decided to have a white wine. Oh my. And then I decided to have Moscato. They had Beringer Moscato, but I’m not sure what year. It was pretty ok. It was kinda like pear syrup, though not as thick. It was alright. I wonder why they had an American Moscato in an Italian restaurant. Anyway, it’s too hot for red wine, unless you chill it, as I’ve been doing. But that doesn’t seem to treat the wine very well. So tonight its the battle of the Moscatos.

Beringer California Collection Moscato 2009


Tintero Sori Gramella Moscato d’Asti 2010

Moscato vs. Moscato

More importantly, it’s the battle of the States versus Italy. Both country’s reputations are on the line.

And now it’s time to let the battle begin.

All right guys. Clink glasses and come out drinking.

They both come out fighting and showing their colors. The Beringer pours like any old white, but the Tintero pours out like it’s a champagne. It’s all bubbly, but it settles quick. The colors are almost identical, and I probably couldn’t tell them apart except the Tintero has bubbles riding up the side of the glass. Both colors are light pear. And both have the same meniscus.

Ding ding.

The first round is over. The girlfriend scores it 10-10, and I score 10-9. I’m giving advantage solely for the presentation of bubbles. So Tintero wins this round.

Round Two: The Nose

Round Nose

It’s time for the noses. The Beringer smells of pears and lemons with a hint of lemongrass. The Tintero smells oaky, smoky, peachy, and grapefruity. The Tintero smells crisper.

For the Beringer, my girlfriend gets grapefruit, pineapple, and seltzer water. Mainly seltzer and grapefruit. It smells cheap. For the Tintero, the girlfriend gets pear, peach, and light beer.

Ding ding.

The girlfriend scores the second round 8-4 in favor of the Tintero. I score it much close, and I score it 9-8. I like the crispness. Tintero wins for both of us.

Round Three. The Tasting.

Round Drink

The Beringer is very syrupy, which is something I don’t like in white wine. I want crisp and sharp. It tastes like pear syrup from a can, which I enjoy a lot, and it has a hint of a peachy fizz at the end. I usually don’t like syrup, as I said, but I can’t stop sipping on this one. I’m kinda enjoying it.  The girlfriend gets lot of alcohol on the finish. She also gets peaches and pears.

The Tintero is fizzy and hard to pick out flavors. I think I get some pears and a hint of peach. I’m not liking the fizz. It’s distracting. I can feel it starting to create a headache in the back of my head. It’s also a bit bitter on the finish. The girlfriend likes this one. She gets lots of bubbly pears and peaches. To her, it’s a little watery, but syrupy on the finish.

Ding ding.

The girlfriend scores it 10-5 in favor of Tintero, and she’s probably correct. I like the Beringer better only because it has no bubbles. I know. I know. The Beringer is a desecration of the Moscato and syrup white wines should be avoided. But tonight, I’m leaning towards the Beringer. Not by much. The Tintero is obviously a better wine, but I’m not partial to bubbles. So I score it 7-6 for the Beringer. Objectively, it’s more like 9-6 in favor of the Tintero. Yeah, go figure that one out.

Ding ding ding. And that’s the end of the battle. Who wins?

The girlfriend scores 9-6 in favor of the Tintero and says it would go good with pears and cheese. I score it 7-6 in favor of the Beringer. Objective me who doesn’t mind bubbles scores it 9-6. I think both would be a good liquid to cook shrimp in.

So here’s the deal. Tintero is obviously the better Moscato. But if you don’t like bubbles and you like syrup, then Beringer is the way to go. The Tintero at Mahan’s Discount Liquor and Wine is $14, and the the Beringer is $6.

I think you have enough to determine which will best suit you.

By the way, six ounce glass of Moscato has about 145.2 calories. I will soon update the How Many Calories Are in a Glass of Wine post.//


21.5 Bottles of Red Wine

Right now I have Twenty-one-and-a-half bottles of red wine plus a few bottles of port, a few bottles of whites, and a bottle of champagne. This isn’t alot but it’s a lot for me. I have no place to store much more than this or even this much, and the summer is too hot for proper storage. But what’s unique about this selection is that they are all good wines and many are real good. Here’s what I have in reds.

Twenty-One-and-a-Half Red Wines

Twenty-One-and-a-Half Red Wines (Click me to see zoom in.)

Chateau de Lascaux Coteaux du Languedoc 2008 (2x). This one is number 85 on The Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2010.

Nine Stones Shiraz 2008 (Barossa). I love this wine. Everyone should try this wine, especially for $11. It also won The Battle of Barossa Shiraz.

Codice Vino de la Tierra de Castilla 2008 (2x). Another wine everyone should try. I opened it one night with someone who really doesn’t like, but she couldn’t stop drinking it. Yes, and only for $9 or $10.

Ergo Tempranillo 2008 (Rioja). I’m just assuming this one is good, but I can’t remember what led me to think that. I’ll try it in a few days and let you know.

Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 (D. O. Colchagua Valley, Chile). I’ve had previous Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignons, and they were wonderful.

Cycle Buff Beauty A Date with M. Fitts 2008 (Malbec-Shiraz blend). Actually, I don’t know if this will be good, especially since it’s 80% Malbec, and I don’t really like Malbec. But it has an awesome retro label. It’s like a 1950 B-movie poster.

Two Hands Angels’ Share Shiraz 2008. I had another Two Hands Shiraz, the one that is number two on The Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2010. I’m assuming this one will be good, too. Plus it’s got Angel’s Share in the title. Angels’ Share is “The wine in oak barrels that disappears due to evaporation.” That’s from the epigraph of Joseph Mills’ poem “Some Questions about the Drinking Habits of Angels,” which appears in the wonderful book of wine poems Angels, Thieves, and Winemakers.

What if the angels don't drink
their shares at all,
but instead save them,
so that later,
when we check in,
or perhaps at judgement day,
we'll find samples
of all the wines and all
the days, all the lost
friendships, everything
we thought had evaporated away,
lined up and displayed,
not as an appreciation
or a rebuke,
but simple a testament,
to what we tried to make
with our lives.

Perrin & Fils La Gille 2007 (Gigondas). This one is number 78 on The Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2010. Plus, it’s from Gigondas. (Gigondas is pronounced gee gohn dahs. Where the first two syllables are said rather quick so that the n is almost not pronounced and slips into the das, which is a longer syllable. This guy gets close to the pronunciation: hear it pronounced.)

Signargues Cotes du Rhones Villages Granacha 2007. A Grancha from the Rhone, yea boy.

Borsao Garnacha 2009 (2.5x). Borsao tends to make delicious wines, and this one is no different, plus it’s only $8. Go get some . . . now.

Monte Antico Toscana 2007. I raved about this one before. Plus, it won The Battle of Toscanas.

Columbia Crest Grand Estates 2007 (Columbia Valley). This is a good everyday wine. It’s a solid 88-point wine, and I say it’s 89. Plus, it’s only $8 or $9.

Jade Mountain La Provencale 1999 (St. Helen, CA). I don’t remember why I picked this one up, but I have had it for a while. It’s the dusty bottle on the left. I know it’s good. I wonder if I should save it. You know, what if I have a kid. This might be his or her only way to experience the previous millennium. I actually did this for my friends with their first baby. I picked up a bottle of a 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon. I wanted their child to experience the millennium in which their parents met.

Domain Les Grands Bois Côtes Du Rhone Cuvee Les Trois Sœurs 2009. I had this before. It pushes 90 points.

Ryan Vineyard Calera Thirtieth Anniversary Vintage Pinot Noir 2005. I remember this being a real good Pinot Noir. It’s normally $50, but I got it for $25.

Castell del Remei Gotim Bru Costers del Segre 2006. I read something good about this somewhere, plus it looks like something I’ve never tried before.

Lan Rioja Reserva 2005. This isn’t on The Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2010, but the Bodegas LAN Rioja Crianza 2006 is at spot 90. I’ve heard the 2005 Reserva is even better or just as good as the Crianza 2006.

Altamura Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 (Napa Valley). This one is number five on The Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2010. When I heard Mahan’s Liquor and Wines was getting some, I got in on the order because I thought it was Altamira, where all the cave paintings are. This would have been a special joy because I’m studying and writing about Paleolithic cave art. When I got it, I saw that it was spelled different and was from California. Sigh. But, hey, it’s number five, plus I have the Lascaux which is number 85, so yay.

I’ve got some good times ahead. Stay tuned. I’ll share them with you.//


in pursuit of the juiciest wine: day eighty-five (Domain Les Grands Bois Côtes Du Rhone 2009)


Windshield inside

and BAM

Windshield outside

That’s what happens when a pickup driver with NY state license plate RN 2xx (I won’t reveal the real license plate number. That might be uncool.) doesn’t clean out the inside of their pickup and a sheet of ice as big as my windshield flies through the air at 40 mph and crashes into my windshield. Oddly, the driver was going 15 mph below the speed limit, but as soon as that thing hit my car, she sped off. I tried to catch her and accelerated to 60 and honked my horn for a mile behind her. (Yes, I know the owner’s name.) But she didn’t want to have anything to do with it. So, my safety senses came to me and I pulled over. Anyway, that was Saturday afternoon. Today it’s Monday, and I worked from home because I have no car to drive. Thanks RN 2xx.

In the meanwhile, it’s time for Domain Les Grands Bois Côtes Du Rhone Cuvee Les Trois Sœurs 2009. What makes a Cotes du Rhone a Cotes du Rhone? It has to come from the Rhone region in France. And cuvee means “vat” or “tank,” but it has come to mean blend. And I guess in this case, Les Trois Sœurs, it’s a blend of three sisters.

Twisted Sister

But not a blend of Twisted Sisters. Oi.

Domain Les Grands Bois Côtes Du Rhone Cuvee Les Trois Sœurs 2009So what’s in this cuvee? Since it’s from the Rhone region, it will probably have Syrah, and if it’s from the Southern Rhone region it will probably have Grenache and maybe some Syrah and/or Mouverdre. A little research tells me this is 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and 10% Carignan (pronounced karen yawn). A little more research tells me this winery is in the Southern Rhone region near the towns of Cairanne and Rasteau.

Southern Rhone Valley

Cairanne and Rasteau are in the middle. Click the map to see it bigger.

(For more information,

I think it’s wine drinking time.

First words out of my mouth were, “Oh, this smells f***ing good.” It’s deep, as deep as its dark ruby color. It smells juicy and fruity. There are some flowers, too. It smells well blended.

I picked up burning wood on the nose right as I took a sip. I thought of Northern Idaho in the winter. Specifically, Sandpoint, Idaho.

The Bridge to Sand Point, Idaho

The Bridge to Sand Point, Idaho. Click the image to see it bigger.

But I usually think of the town with all the great restaurants and bars with great beers and food.

For a small town, it has so much good food. In fact, you won’t Stay Hungry in Sandpoint.

The wine is bit drier than I expected, but yummy with dark berries and dark fruits. I also get some earthiness. And it finishes with some dark chocolate, bitterness, and chalkiness.

Oh, what a fun wine this is, and it’s only $15 at Mahan’s.

Actually, this is pretty big for a Rhone. I like it. It will go good with chicken in garlic sauce.

So I’m going to say 89 points and really pushing 90 for this one. Good stuff.//

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