Wine Review: 2015 Malbec, Black Box

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I keep thinking that wine from Argentina should be better than it is.

I mean, this Malbec from Black Box isn’t bad. To the contrary, it’s far better than the previous bottle of Argentinean wine that I bought, but it’s not particularly special either. I wouldn’t walk a mile for a Camel if you know what I mean.

It’s a solid glass of “ok”.  Xavier and I enjoyed it while binge watching Supernatural.

A little tangy, a little fruity, pleasant finish, woody but not overtly oak. You could certainly do worse for the price. On the other hand, you could also do better.

Wine Review: 2015 Limited Release Zinfandel, Dark Horse

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Like a dust devil of love notes, this Zinfandel has all the glorious taste of Friday night on the couch with a bowl of ravioli and old episodes of Bored To Death.

“Bored to death, plus expenses…”

I always had the hardest time deciphering the lyrics to the theme music so I looked them up.

“Bored to death, kanab and lonely”, that’s what it sounds like but it’s actually, “Bored to death, cut, mad and lonely.”

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The little dog and I love shows about a guy pretending to be a detective.

Ok, but for realz, this is a very nice Zinfandel from Dark Horse.

Creamy and full of oak. Jammy with dark fruit, leather and spice. Oh yes, it’s all of those things plus 14.5% alcohol. I had three glasses and gave the stinky little dog a bath before the Xavier got home from work.

No headache but, on Saturday morning, I did kinda wish that I had stopped at two glasses.

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Wine Review: 2015 Inferno, Apothic

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Now this was $15.99 well spent and, like the McRib, you better get one before they’re gone.

Inferno is a small batch, limited release, from Apothic. Aged for 60 days in whisky barrels and achieving an alcohol content of 15.9%.

“And the Lord sayeth unto thee, ‘pace thyself’.”

Not a slurper, that would be uncivilized, I recommend serving it in a brandy snifter.

Bourbon in the alto and tenor, wine in the bass.

Excellent finish of dark red fruit, maple and spice.

They don’t reveal the varietals but Apothic has surely mastered the alchemy of turning Smurfs into gold.

Trust me, you’ll want to be on the drinking-end of this one.


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Wine Review: 2016 Nighthawk Black Cabernet Sauvignon, Bota Box

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A deliciously smoky, dusky-hued lady-Satan, Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon.

It almost tastes like bacon.

Almost, but not quite, so I added some bacon.

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Dunking bacon in wine is the new Oreos in milk. Oh yes, I did.

Gluttony at its finest.

For some reason, this varietal is not on the Bota Box website but it is most certainly a Bota Box wine.

Bold, dark fruit flavor, long and smooth finish. Definitely smokey. 13% alcohol, no red wine headache. Great with bacon.


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Wine Review: 2015 Sea Of Stones Red Wine Blend, Layer Cake

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“Somebody’s poisoned the water hole…”

Confirming the theory that grapes don’t grow well in salt water and rocks, this Sea Of Stones Red Blend from Layer Cake is unfortunate to say the least.

Easily one of the worst wines I’ve encountered.

They say conflict occurs when expectations don’t match reality.

I wanted to like it. I expected to like it. I was fully prepared to like it.

Xavier said it tasted like a mix of Day and NyQuil.

I guess that’s one way to put it but first, let me ask a question. How do you know when sour cream has gone sour? I mean, it’s already sour so how do you know when it’s past it’s prime?

There was something off about this wine.  It smelled off. It tasted off. How do you know when fermented grapes have started cultivating something funky?

Now, to be fair, their own website claims that the Red Blend smells like pencil lead, the problem is that it tastes like pencil lead too.

This bottle, and $15, went down the drain.

I don’t know if the Sea Of Stones Red Wine Blend is just not a good ensemble or if I got a bad bottle but, in any case, I doubt I will be brave enough to try it again.


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Wine Review: 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Black Box

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This Cab is a little thin but it’s not bad. Cab from Chile is usually a good thing and this brew from Black Box is no exception.

Very smooth with notes of vanilla, chocolate, and oak. Pairs up nicely with just about any kind of dinner. We had it with Chicken Tikka Masala one night and pork chops on another night.

A nice wine to keep on hand during the week, I would feel confident serving it to my friends should anyone drop by demanding a taste of the grape.

It’ll getcha by until the weekend.

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Wine Review: 2014 Essential Red, Bogle Vineyards

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Supernatural: Eleven seasons of wine and demons…and Negan.

Xavier and I have been watching a lot of Supernatural lately. It’s what we do.

To celebrate Friday night I picked up this bottle of Bogle Essential Red. At $14.99, it cost a little bit more than I usually spend but it is immediately evident where that extra $4.00 went.

Essential Red tastes expensive. 

A step above what we’re used to.

Whatever they do, they do it well. This wine is fer-damn delicious.

A blend of Old Vine Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, extra Miracle Gro, and some kind of witchcraft, Essential Red combines the best qualities of all the varietals to create a masterpiece.

Velevet, leather, tobacco, chocolate, cedar, juniper and, you know, grapes.

Actually, it’s just grapes.  The other stuff is all in your head.

But damn, it’s fine.

The bottle survived three episodes of Supernatural and a romantic cuddle on the patio.

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Whatever wine you were planning to buy for tonight, put it down and go pickup a bottle of Bogle Essential Red instead.


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