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in pursuit of the juiciest wine: day twenty-three

U. S. vs Ghana

U. S. vs Ghana ("Yes you can" vs "Yes you Gyan")

U. S. won today and advances. Ghana won and advances. (I knew they were ghanna.) And on Saturday they meet. Yes you Gyan, but not this Saturday Ghana. Despite all that, I feel blasé. To fix that, I’m gonna get my groove on. I’m gonna/ghanna get my Richard “Groove” Holmes on. It’s time for “Groovin’ For Mr. G”.

Root:1 Cabernet Sauvignon 2008That got me right. Now, I can continue with mini Chilean Wine tour. This is the last day of it, so I’m gonna go out with one of my favorite everyday wines: Root:1 Cabernet Sauvignon 2008. It’s from Colchagua Valley, Chile. “Chile. The original ungrafted. Varietal. Rootstock.”

Here’s the story from the front of the bottle:

Chile is a true rarity in the wine world. Unique geographic & climatic forces have allowed it to remain one of very few grape growing regions in the world where the original European rootstocks, survive, unaffected by phylloxera – the disease that forced grape growers worldwide to graft vines onto generic rootstocks. Chile’s isolation, protected by the mighty Andes to the east and the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean to the West, ensures that grape vines can remain on the original rootstock, in the purest form. These same geographic characteristics provide Chile’s fertile central region with optimal climate & soil conditions to produce consistent and outstanding grapes each year. This Root: 1 Cabernet Sauvignon is crafted exclusively from grapes grown on the original, ungrafted root systems tended by our Master Winemakers. This gives the wine its pure, rich fruit flavors & aromas.

This seems to be turning into an advertisement, and maybe it should. This wine receives a dedication in my latest collection of poems.

Alright. Let’s get to the wine. Vamos.

A lovely nose of cherries, chocolate, vanilla, and maybe some caramel. Hm. This one is not as good as previous years. It’s a bit tart, especially on the finish. It’s a bit thin. It still has the cherries and chocolate. But, oh, the 2008 is a disappointment. The 2007 was wonderful. Arg. Arg is how I felt through the whole United States game today until they scoredin injury time. They dominated, but they couldn’t score, except for the phantom offsides, and then the glorious goal in extra time.

Arg. That’s how I feel about this 2008. It’s a phantom of the 2007. Ohhhh, the 2007 is splendid, but the 2008, eh, not so much. Now, I’m sad again. Back to Richard “Groove” Holmes.



in pursuit of the juiciest wine: day nineteen

Chile flagOh, Chile. Chile is doing so much good lately. They are making wonderful wines. I particularly love the Root:1 Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s one of my favorite everyday wines. There’s good fish coming from Chile, at least there was before I became a vegetarian in January. They are becoming a very green energy country, especially with automobiles. And they have a good futbol team. They are 1-0 right now in World Cup play. I don’t know what I’ll do when the play Spain on June 25, because I enjoy Spanish futbol, too. I remember after 2006’s World Cup, I thought they would be one of the elite teams in 2010, but whoa. They lost to Switzerland?! Plus, Chile and Spain are my favorite wine countries. They are like twins separated by an ocean and some mountains.

Armado Cabernet Sauvignon 2007So today I am going to try the Armador Cabernet Sauvignon 2007. It has a dark cherry color with a hint of brown. It looks big bodied, and it has the typical Cabernet legs. It’s got a woody nose. Maybe even like a forest with moss and mushrooms. And deep, deep in the center of that forest is a plum tree.

At the same time, it smells like a medium-rare steak. Odd. My girlfriend picked up on that. A forest of steaks with a plum heart.

I just looked at the glass again. It’s been about 10 minutes since I swirled it, and the legs are still there clinging for life, . . . or  ttrying to climb out and get into my mouth.


This is a fairly big wine with some big dark berries and a hint of plum. It has a sour finish that lingers for a few seconds, as well as a hint of black pepper. It doesn’t make me think of Chile. It’s not at all like that silky and juicy Root:1 Cabernet Sauvignon. That’s not to say I don’t like this wine. I do enjoy it, especially for $9.

Stawberry Sundae Crunch BarIt’s so big. It’s got funk. It’s big and funky. It’s so big and funky, it needs some food to put it in its place, like a Strawberry Sundae Crunch Bar or some 18-year-old balsamic vinegar.

What it really needs is some groove. Some “Groove Holmes.”

In fact, from now on, I want to be known as “Groove.” Thomas “Groove” Holmes.

That’s right. Get down with “Groove Holmes” and some Chilean happiness and funk. Drop the beat but don’t drop the glass.//

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