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2002 Rex Goliath Central Coast Merlot

Posted on September 13, 2009 - Filed Under American wines, Merlot, Reviews, Wine Reviews, style | Leave a Comment

Ugh, I feel like shit today. I popped half a muscle relaxant, but I’m hungover, confused, and perhaps depressed. Fuck it. This is the wine with the rooster on the label, and its a great buy. Dark, smooth, plummy with a hint of leathery chocolate. Not too complex, but I’ll take it. Bring on the weekend!

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1999 Mayo Family Winery Zinfandel

Posted on September 13, 2009 - Filed Under American wines, Red wines, Reviews, Wine Reviews, Zinfandel, region, style | Leave a Comment

Holy motherfucking shit! I wondered when I might find the A-list wine. Turns out I just had to spend more money! Russ leaves town, and it is a time to be wistful, but also a time to celebrate! This tastes like cranberry sauce, raspberry jam, and the Sunday mornings at Grandma’s house I never had all rolled into something that will get me drunk. What’s not to love? Bon voyage, Russ. Until we meet again….

Russ says: The last time I sat at this table (editor’s note: my friend Ben’s house in West Austin) drinking expensive wine, it was a $50 Napa Pinot Noir. That bottle was Magic Johnson; this one is James Worthy. Wholly necessary to the experience, but a role player who knows he’s the key to the goddamned system. I love it! Spend the money for special occasions and drink with a smile on your face. A, and a fucking solid A.

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2000 Lynmar Quail Curve Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

Posted on September 13, 2009 - Filed Under American wines, Pinot Noir, Red wines, Reviews, Wine Reviews, region, style | Leave a Comment

Man, I’m starting to dig Pinot Noirs, and this one is *funky*. Caramel, chocolate, and sugar plums, all dancing around in a thick, smoky, brown sugar sort of a wine, but without being a hangovery, uber-sweet piece of crap.

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2001 Francis Ford Coppola Syrah

Posted on September 13, 2009 - Filed Under American wines, Red wines, Reviews, Syrah, Wine Reviews, region, style | Leave a Comment

Price: $15

I haven’t done a review in a while, but you haven’t missed much. A great Chardonnay (Newton), but whatever. Trying the syrah, in search of the jammy zinfandel, but this is a little too bright for me.

*sigh*

Can nothing please me? Wait. Getting better. Blueberry vanilla with a side of underwear, anyone?

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2002 Kendall Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay

Posted on September 13, 2009 - Filed Under American wines, Chardonnay, Reviews, White wines, Wine Reviews, region, style | Leave a Comment

With Michael Jackson’s child molestation charges making headlines, its nice to see one of the Jackson clan doing something worthwhile. Kendall, who originally played trombone for the group, has transcended his musical beginnings to become quite a well-established wine-maker.

The vitner’s reserve manages to be full, fruity, but not sickeningly sweet. A nice wine for the money. It settles in the back of the thoat, to create a nice buttery finish. Maybe a little tangy, but a nice wine, nonetheless. Now if only Tito could work on that vodka…

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2002 Hangtime Pinot Noir

Posted on September 13, 2009 - Filed Under American wines, Pinot Noir, Red wines, Reviews, Wine Reviews, region, style | Leave a Comment

Brandy’s back! A pungent aroma. I like this wine. Its mild, pleasant. A good deep-dish pizza wine. Brandy says, “I feel a *pop* in my mouth. This would be good with a carpaccio.”

Later… “What’s a carpaccio?”

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2001 Guy Buffet Cellars Chardonnay

Posted on September 13, 2009 - Filed Under American wines, Chardonnay, Reviews, Wine Reviews | Leave a Comment

Can wine truly be refreshing, lemony, and citrusy? Can one ever truly be honest and compassionate? Why do fat girls enjoy oral sex so much more than skinny ones? This wine attempts to answer one of these questions…

A spring bouquet of vibrant fruit. Its buttery, lemony, and oaky. How does it do it? This is a good mid-grade summer wine. As it breathes, the butter takes over. Solid wine. Look out, Napa; Paso Robles is on the map!

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Geyser Peak Sauvignon Blanc

Posted on September 13, 2009 - Filed Under American wines, Reviews, Sauvignon Blanc, Uncategorized, White wines, Wine Reviews, region, style | Leave a Comment

This is the quintessential Sauvignon Blanc. Fruity, crisp, cheap(!), delicious. Highly quaffable. The perfect wine when its FUCKING 100 DEGREES OUTSIDE FOR THE TWENTIETH DAY IN A ROW!!!

(note: For those would-be etymologists out there, the word quintessential is derived from the latin term meaning ‘Fifth Essence’, which is meant to denote the fifth element (apart from Earth, Water, Air, and Fire) that embodies the celestial, heavenly perfection that exists above the moon). Nice, huh?

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2001 Diamond Oaks Chardonnay

Posted on September 13, 2009 - Filed Under American wines, Chardonnay, Reviews, White wines, Wine Reviews, region, style | Leave a Comment

HEB’s doing this new thing where they feature “closeout” specials, like its a shitty video game or something. I picked this wine up for $14 down from $18. Let’s see if there’s a method to this closeout madness….

A little sour at first, but fades to oak…nice, toasty finish. I feel like one of the ruling class. Who would have thought that I, Justin Strackany, would one day be drinking $18 bottles of wine. Hail to plutocracy! Still, I cannot forget the little people, and my final grade must be as humble as my roots.

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Destino Chardonnay

Posted on September 13, 2009 - Filed Under American wines, Chardonnay, Reviews, White wines, Wine Reviews, region, style | Leave a Comment

Ah, Chardonnay. Why have I treated thee so cruelly? Relegated to back-shelf status, while your burgundy cousins shoulder and strut their way to my haughty palette, you are a picture of grace. You bent, dear Chardonnay, but you did not break. And now, it is I who am shamed. For this Chardonnay is wonderful.

It reminds me of everything I used to like about you. Long-lasting, complex finish with aromas of banana and honeysuckle. Peach originally, blending into a floral honey taste that lasts longer than most orgasms. A little bitter at the end, but what isn’t. All in all, a great bet, and a good buy even for $20. Use it during movie night, but only if that movie is Oscar-worthy! Brandy says, “Like a melon with a little bit of cayenne pepper. Like how Mexicans eat fruit.”

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