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Tikal Patriota

tikalWhat Possessed Us To Open Wine?
Friends to dinner who love Malbec. I headed down to the cellar and spotted this and KNEW it was the right one for the night!!

What Did The Label Want Us To Know?
60% Malbec, 40% Bonarda. YEA!!! We love this combination. It’s from Mendoza Argentina. It’s called “The Patriot” because those two grapes are at the core of winemaking in Argentina.

What’s So Great About It?
The color is amazing. We tasted it at a Bubbles on a Friday afternoon and we LOVED it then and had to buy a bottle. It tastes like chocolate, just slightly burnt. It’s smooth with a worn leather aroma. It’s just all good.

Someone Else’s More Qualified Opinion:
http://citywinecellar.com/red-wine/red-wine-blend/tikal-patriota-bonarda-malbec-2010-750ml.html?gclid=CIrW9cfeyr0CFY6Rfgod3qsApw

Conversation This Wine Engendered:
Being at the Republican County Assembly: I got so much reading done
Noah and possible Hollywood liberties

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Bodegas Carrau Tannat de Reserva

Bodegas CARRAU TANNAT

What Possessed Us To Open Wine?
This is part two of #winechat. We started with white (see post before this one) we ended with red. That’s exactly how a night should go!

What Did The Label Want Us To Know?
It’s from the Las Violetas region on Uruguay. They talk about a “long traditional maceration of 15 days and aging in new French oak barrels for 18 months.” The family started in Catalynya, Spain and moved to Uruguay in the early 20th century. They even have a little map of South America showing where Uruguay is in case we need to know! Uruguay feels kind of like a wine secret.

What’s So Great About It?
Loved the smell right off. Leather. We thought it was fruity, blackberry and dark cherry with a peppery ending. It was delightful and fun because the taste of the grape was a little different.

Someone Else’s More Qualified Opinion:
http://www.cellartracker.com/wine.asp?iWine=1391542

Conversation This Wine Engendered:
How comfortable and warm delusion can be
South America: so many reasons to go there!

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Bodegas Carrau Sauvignon Blanc “Sur Lie”

bodegas carrau sauv blancWhat Possessed Us To Open Wine?
It was #winechat on a Wednesday night on Twitter. A friend was dropping her kid off for something and I “twisted her arm” and made her stay and taste with me. Instant impromptu party!!! Win!

What Did The Label Want Us To Know?
It is from Uruguay. Really. I have been reading about retirement abroad and actually had read an article about wine in Uruguay, but this is not the first place you think of when you think of wine producing countries. The label tells us that the Carrau family started making wine in Spain in 1752 and they have been in South America since the early 20th century. They explain that the wine is allowed to rest on the “lies” for 6 months as part of the wine-making process. They use the words: fresh and complex.

What’s So Great About It?
I have become a fan of Sauvignon Blanc and the favorite at our house is Kim Crawford because you can count on the grapefruit punch in the face. This was a WHOLE other ballgame. When they used the word “complex” they weren’t lying. This was so fun to drink because it had fruit tastes of grapefruit and pear but it also had a good minerality and yeasty biscuit taste. My friend described it as being “like a flower.” It was smooth. It was refreshing. I can’t wait to buy more of it!

Someone Else’s More Qualified Opinion:
http://www.cellartracker.com/wine.asp?iWine=1712004

Conversation This Wine Engendered:
Will I have to retire to Uruguay now?
I am the moon and not the sun
Owning real estate or owning minerals?

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Isabela Malbec

Isabela Malbec

What Possessed Us To Open Wine?
Friends had been to Panama. Not Panama City, FL. The real Panama. They went there to do research on possibly retiring there in the future. We had one million questions.

What Did The Label Want Us To Know?
It’s from Patagonia Argentina. I’m used to Mendoza, but okay. It was picked in April 2012. This is a very young wine. I wonder what it might taste like in a year? They use the words: blackberry, plum, violet, vanilla and cream. They recommend steak and lamb.

What’s So Great About It?
It was a little lighter than we were used to in a Malbec, but we all liked it a lot and thought it went well with food. It had a quick tart finish.

Someone Else’s More Qualified Opinion:
http://www.vivino.com/isabela/malbec-2012.html

Conversation This Wine Engendered:
What it’s like to see the sun come up and go down over the Pacific Ocean on the same day.
Grocery stores in foreign countries are so interesting.

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Mutiny On The Bonny

Mutiny on the bonny

What Possessed Us To Open Wine?
A winemaker was coming to dinner. Of course there would be wine. So we decided to drink a wine made by a really famous winemaker, Randall Grahm. (Not that Woody is NOT a really famous winemaker) This was a perfect match.

What Did The Label Want Us To Know?
This white wine is made with Grenache Blanc which they describe as a mutant variant of the Grenache Noir. (thus mutiny) They use words like tropical, pineapple, guava. The funding for this wine is provided by Nakedwines.com, a fun wine club!

What’s So Great About It?
It had a nice body that was sort of floral. There was a buttery feel and good strong acid, which, as Woody says, really makes a white wine.

Someone Else’s More Qualified Opinion:
http://us.nakedwines.com/wines/randall-grahm-grenache-blanc-mutiny-on-the-bonny-arroyo-seco-2012.htm

Conversation This Wine Engendered:
Construction issues. Damn
Let’s start a winery in Cabo!!!

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Crios Syrah Bonarda

Crios Syrah BonardaWhat Possessed Us To Open Wine?
We went to a wine tasting… which was GREAT! And also FREE! But it is more fun almost always to pick the wine you want to try and to try it. Even at home!! Sometimes better at home!!

What Did The Label Want Us To Know?
It’s from Mendoza. The wine is from a well known wine maker, Susana Balbo. Just in case I move to Argentina, I will need to know this because if I run into her. (fingers crossed!) She made this in honor of her kids. Thus the name Crios which means “offspring.” They use the words: fresh fruit flavor and balance. They are on Twitter!!

What’s So Great About It?
We thought it refreshing and very dark. There was an aspect of something that seemed almost sweet? And yet tannic. Can that even happen?

Someone Else’s More Qualified Opinion:
http://www.vineconnections.com/viewproduct.php?c=1&pid=338

Conversation This Wine Engendered:
Weird therapies. We’re totally for them!
What should one wear in Vegas?

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Tarima Monastrell

tarima

What Possessed Us To Open Wine?
Happy Hour at our house with people from our old church who we do not often see. Also, we got together because one friend has moved away and we knew if we got a picture of us and texted it to her, she would be mad. The lengths I will go to to make my friends angry!!! Or to make them wish they hadn’t moved away. Or both.

What Did The Label Want Us To Know?
The flower on the front is apparently a passion flower. They picked it because
“the blossom never ceases to amaze and entice people around the world….” And other stuff which relates the beauty of the flower to the wonder of the wine. They use the words licorice, chocolate and a hint of dark violets.

tarima flower

 

 

What’s So Great About It?
I LOVE this wine!! Most tasters at our house thought it didn’t have enough of a bouquet for them, but they tasted jammy raisin with a pleasant lingering taste. It is SO dark and rich I want to hug it.

Someone Else’s More Qualified Opinion:
http://www.reversewinesnob.com/2013/02/tarima-monastrell-2011-costco.html
(I paid more than this guy did, but I’d like to pay less!! )

Conversation This Wine Engendered:
Mexican wine.
How to connect in a non-connecting world.

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Senda 66 Tempranillo

Senda 66

What Possessed Us To Open Wine?
My daughter was teaching me how to make a video for youtube on my iPhone. I almost had an emotional technology breakdown. I’m pretty sure that’s a real diagnosis. It was time to drink.

What Did The Label Want Us To Know?
It’s from La Mancha. They use the words: “ripe cherry flavors, strawberry and spice. Full body, great structure and long finish.” It has cute dancing stars and symbols.

What’s So Great About It?
We tasted raisin with something a little green. Maybe date. Pretty smooth with typical Tempranillo spice on the end. Yum.

Someone Else’s More Qualified Opinion:
http://www.winesbywednesday.com/product-p/302.htm

Conversation This Wine Engendered:
Do we prefer Happy Hour or dinner?
Buying beef is so confusing. Mostly about what they leave out of the cow or don’t feed it.

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Entre Suelos Tempranillo

entre suelosWhat Possessed Us To Open Wine?
It was a Saturday night. Really, that’s the only reason we had to open wine, but that’s good enough.

What Did The Label Want Us To Know?
It’s a Tempranillo 2010. It’s from the Southeastern province of Zamora. They talk about the sandy, poor souls. They mention bright flavors.

What’s So Great About It?
We smelled something green. It was very dry but not tannic, instead smooth. There was slight spice. I loved the color which hinted slightly brown.

Someone Else’s More Qualified Opinion:
http://www.bagandstringwine.com/product-p/02467.htm

Conversation This Wine Engendered:
I love shrimp but beef is for dinner
Why does David love to fish but doesn’t like to eat fish?

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Juan Gil Monastrell

juan gil

What Possessed Us To Open Wine?

We got in the car when it was 20 degrees and set out to have a glass of wine at a great venue that was CLOSED. Then realized we had this great wine at home already where the fire is already going and it is toasty warm. Good trade.

 

What Did The Label Want Us To Know?

It talks about chalky soils and limestone. There is a description of their wine making process that includes maceration and French oaking which explains the bite, I think. They use the words rich, ripe and spicy.

 

What’s So Great About It?

My new favorite wines are from Spain and this one is a Monastrell, which people smarter than I am have told me is the same as Mouvedre. Dark with a punch. I love this wine!!

 

Someone Else’s More Qualified Opinion:

http://www.independent-wine-review.com/2012/10/juan-gil-4-meses-monastrell-2011.html

 

Conversation This Wine Engendered:

Real Estate and how I didn’t get any for Christmas

Do you want your master bedroom on the main floor or the upper floor?

 

 

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