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Capitoul Rouge

Capitoul Rouge

What Possessed Us To Open Wine?
It was Grenache Day! Well, friends to dinner is the real reason we opened wine, but why not comply with the whole Grenache Day thing?

What Did The Label Want Us To Know?
Grenache 40%, Carignan 30%, Syrah 30%. From the South of France. It’s classified as an IGP which I think is a superior table wine.

What’s So Great About It?
David smelled apricot and currant. It was dry with a brick-ish color. Spicy, medium body.

Someone Else’s More Qualified Opinion:
This is as close as I can get!
http://www.wine-searcher.com/wine-53756-0001-chateau-de-capitoul-la-clape-rocaille-languedoc-roussillon-france

Conversation This Wine Engendered:
Bruno Mars is now scaring us
Non-profit business

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Bogle Phantom

Bogle Phantom

What Possessed Us To Open Wine?
Scott and Ellen are moving to Nashville. TRAITORS. Although Nashville really does fit them. We needed to have them over before their house sells. (Secretly we have put a curse on it so that it NEVER will!) When you have to hear about old wonderful friends soon to be leaving you, wine is certainly called for!!

What Did The Label Want Us To Know?
Right on the front it mentions Old Vine Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Mourvedre, which are some of my favorite words in the world. California. On the back they paint an eerie picture of an almost haunted wine cellar. Hence the name.

What’s So Great About It?
It was smooth with an amazing smell. Not as much vanilla as I was expecting. Yummy.

Someone Else’s More Qualified Opinion:
http://www.wine.com/V6/Bogle-Phantom-2009/wine/119664/detail.aspx

Conversation This Wine Engendered:
Who knew there were Amish people in Tennessee?
That garage door will look great opening up to your covered porch!
People whose life should be captured in a reality TV show

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Hermanos Malbec-Tannat

What Possessed Us To Open Wine?
Celebration for Pam who walked back into the working world after 25 years!! Now she will have a REAL reason to drink!!

Hermanos Malbec TannatWhat Did The Label Want Us To Know?
Argentina, Valle de Cafayate. The Hermanos (brothers) Domingo, with a history of winemaking in their family, started their own winery above Cafayate on a hillside. The family vineyards are all 5800-7300 feet above sea level which makes me ask if we can grow grapes here in Monument, CO at 7500? They also have 340 days of summer-comparable to Colorado. If I could make this wine at home I would be REALLY proud of myself!! They mention intense aromas and soft tannins.

What’s So Great About It?
Smoky and fruity with complexity. Tannins came through. Very enjoyable to drink. We will buy it again.

Someone Else’s More Qualified Opinion:
http://www.vineconnections.com/viewproduct.php?c=1&pid=292

Conversation This Wine Engendered:
Focus T25
Why can’t I find something I love to do that is ALSO exercise. I would prefer to sit and talk and, of course drink wine
Tourism in the state of Colorado

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Plungerhead Zinfandel 2011

What Possessed Us To Open Wine?
CRAZY person coming to the house to spend the night before her meeting in Denver the next morning. This seemed like the PERFECT wine!!

plungerheadWhat Did The Label Want Us To Know?
Well, there’s a picture of a guy with a plunger on his head right there on the label, so I guess there is a message there. It’s from Lodi so California. It’s made by The Other Guys Wines and one of the other guys might be Eddie Plongerheid who writes a note on the back. I like their tags: Laid Back Guys, Stand-Out Wines and “irreverent craftsmen following a rooted (somewhat less reverent) family tradition. What you get from this label is not a description of this wine, but a feeling like you stumbled upon a fun boys club!! It does say Old Vine!

What’s So Great About It?
Zinfandel- I’m addicted so I thought it had great vanilla and tasted like a dessert. It felt like a cookie in my mouth.

Someone Else’s More Qualified Opinion:
http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1116053

Conversation This Wine Engendered:
Why is everything that comes out of Karen’s mouth so entertaining and why does she look so much like Dennis the Menace when she speaks?
Leadership issues
Australia

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Mile High Winery Grand Opening

mhw front

Multiple Reasons to be in Denver: Had to return stuff to Forever 21. David had to fish for carp. Mile High Winery Grand Opening.

mhw barmhw hall

 

 

The Good:
The space is great. Old warehouse spruced up. VERY cute inside with several rooms, seating area, main bar area, wine storage area. (Cute bathroom, too) It is also right near the Infinite Monkey Theorem Winery, so you can make it a night. Lots of other fun things going on in this part of Downtown. David’s Grateful Red Blend was pretty good. They have a lot of activities going on there. Food trucks, special music. Good social media updates.

 

mhw wall

The Bad:
My Syrah was hot. It was hard to figure out if I liked it or not because the temperature of the wine was so off. Now, things happen on your Grand Opening like something always goes wrong at a wedding. So I will give it another try.

mhw us

The Wrap:
Fun, cute place to date your date!

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Paso Creek Zinfandel

Paso Creek Zinfandel

What Possessed Us To Open Wine?
Friend for dinner who had just returned from Europe. That means good stories. Why not open a non-European wine?

What Did The Label Want Us To Know?
Paso Robles, California. I love their tag on the front that says, “Bold character derived from stubborn patience.” That has to embody most good winemaking! According to this label, this area “lays claim to the wildest temperature swings of any grape growing region in California.” That has to make it interesting. They use the words: bold and richly flavored. They suggest “big food and spirited conversation.” I’m all for that!

What’s So Great About It?
Loved the smell: smoke and oak. Don, who has a poetry doctorate said it tasted like a fence post, purple flowers and dark chocolate. We need more poets commenting on wine!! The color was delightful and it had a lot of tannins.

Someone Else’s More Qualified Opinion:
http://www.cellartracker.com/wine.asp?iWine=1548809

Conversation This Wine Engendered:
Accountability: how do groups/friends achieve it?

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Malbec Taste Off

The two wines:

malbec taste off

Crios Malbec:
Bought it at Bubbles. It’s from Mendoza, Argentina. A famous wine making family, actually. The word Crios means offspring and for 10 years the wine was made by Susana Balbo in honor of her kids. In 2011 the son, Jose took over as wine crafter. They use the words: fresh fruit flavors and balance. They mention that the wine is meant to be enjoyed while young.

Malma Malbec:
Bought it at Bubbles. It’s from Patagonia, Argentina. “In the Mapuche language, Malma means pride.” They mention that they manually harvest and that the wine is aged for 9 months in both French and American oak. They also use the words fresh and fruitiness.

The Crios had very strong legs. It was smoky and really a dark purple. Lots of tannin and rich. Reminded us of some kind of dark fruit.

The Malma was lighter in color, more ruby. Also had tannins, but a little softer. More mineral and we picked up tobacco. It was very dry.

Results:
We were totally split. Margie liked the Crios and Bruce and I liked the Malma. David just likes Malbec, so he was happy with both. Really, it was so close that it was a tie for all intents and purposes. The interesting thing that I didn’t even look at until after we had already finished both bottles was that they were from 2 different years. The Crios was a 2012. The Malma was 2010. I should have looked at this before I bought them and should have tried to get two Malbecs from the same year. The Malma did drink like a more mature wine. The Crios drank like a younger wine, but this REALLY makes me want to buy some more of that now and let it sit for 2 years. I can only imagine that it would be fabulous then!

Both wines are totally worth drinking!

By the way, Bruce and Margie brought this and it was FABULOUS!!

rioja from bruch

Conversation This Wine Engendered:
The Manitou floods and what it would be like to have a huge wall of mud headed toward you
Trees versus a view. I always choose trees!

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Cigar Zin

cigar zinWhat Possessed Us To Open Wine?
Friends coming to dinner who haven’t been here for a long time and one of them LOVES cigars. This seemed like the right choice.

What Did The Label Want Us To Know?
It calls itself a “unapologetic, big, bold wine.” (I’m personally against wine EVER apologizing for anything) It uses the words: blackberry, spice, cocoa. It recommends steak or bbq. Healdsburg, CA.

What’s So Great About It?
Okay, this never happens but, WE DID NOT LIKE IT! It tasted kind of burnt and sharp, like a solvent. None of that wonderful vanilla smell. Bob captured it by saying that it smelled like nail polish remover. From wine class, I think I remember that that might mean that the bottle was mishandled and the wine is compromised. We opened a cheaper bottle of Zin to compare with this and it was a totally different experience. Because I like the label so much and because this might be an anomaly, I am going to buy another bottle of this and try it again.

Someone Else’s More Qualified Opinion:
See, they liked it!!!!!
http://www.wine.com/V6/Cigar-Zin-Old-Vine-Zinfandel-2011/wine/123359/detail.aspx?state=CO

Conversation This Wine Engendered:
What is it about men and cars?
Driving through Utah should be mandatory for all citizens. Not that I’m in favor of anything mandatory.

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Menage a Trois Malbec

menage malbecWhat Possessed Us To Open Wine?
Time for conversation and what better way to get the truth out of someone than wine?

What Did The Label Want Us To Know?
It’s from Mendoza, Argentina. Their country has its problems, but they get the wine thing. They use the words: sultry, spicy, bold, dark juicy cherry and blueberry flavors. I love their phrase, “Our Malbec does the tango across your palate…” Imported and bottled in Napa.

What’s So Great About It?
Great color (as really all Malbecs have) VERY oaky taste and smell. David thought it tasted a little like a cigarette with some chocolate on the tongue and spice at the end. I tasted it with roasted almonds and that was delightful.

menage cork

Someone Else’s More Qualified Opinion:
Not sure if this is too new or what because I could only find a review on their own website. Here that is at least: http://www.menageatroiswines.com/malbec.php#

Conversation This Wine Engendered:
All I want for Christmas is real estate
Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander, M. D.

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Tempranillo Taste Off

tempranillo taste offThese were my two choices. (I poured so that only I knew what we were drinking. Well, I let them know they were both Tempranillos.)

Castillo Catadau
Bought it through the NakedWines.com wine club. Label explains it’s from Valencia Spain (closer to the coast). It describes the tannins as soft and the fruit as sweet and round.

Venta Morales
Bought it at the local store. Label explains it’s from La Mancha with an “arid Mediterranean climate in sandy, rocky, calcareous dry soils.” They use the words: “ripe dark fruit flavors, deep color and balanced tannins.”

Taste:
The Castillo Catadau was very dry. It did not have very much bouquet and had a little medicine taste. There was some spice.

The Venta Morales was very different. More complex and smoother with a nice aftertaste and something reminding us of candy. It was stronger than we thought it would be.

Results:
David, Kevin and Melyssa all preferred the Venta Morales. I liked the underdog Castillo Catadau, but I like a dry wine and there was this one taste of spice that I really kept enjoying.

So this is the winner! But then we got to drink the rest of the bottles, so we all won!

temp winner

Conversation This Wine Engendered:
When will Kevin write that book?????

temp taste off Kevin and mel

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