Good Morning Gentle Readers,
Get outta town! Earth, Zin, & Fire? From fargin' Lodi? Jug wine capital of the great bread basket of America. Well, except maybe for Modesto.
As a near ironclad rule, you can figure that cutesy, clever, kitschy, cool wine labels are designed to sell crappy to marginal wine.
The timing wasn't that good with Mrs TWC in Scottsdale and April 15th bearing down like the freight train of death, but the boys showed anyway. These are my boys, with a shared bond of coming of age together. I told them I wasn't cleaning up but nobody cared. And TWC grilled them some steaks, which fared pretty well. The asparagus didn't.
UPDATE: Got a couple of emails asking about my "sons". The boys I refer to are some my old High School buddies.
Bri pulls a bottle out of a paper bag and TWC groans (on the inside). Well, we gotta drink this first and get rid of it (on the inside). But a funny thing happened on the way from the bottle to the glass. This stuff is good. Really good. I'm thinking I must be deprived or depraved, but rules are made to be broken.
Turns out that Parker gives this wine a well-deserved 93 points. The wine is absolutely delicious. Truth is, I drank half the bottle while I was chopping chives from the garden and prepping the salad. Not sure how much anyone else got, but I got mine, dang it.
Sidebar: It is really slow going to write this with the House Blond dancing to Miley Cyrus, Hillary Duff, Jonas Brothers, and Gloria Estefan. No, Dad, Play Start All Over. No, play Wake Up. If that ain't enough, Jake and his friend Nick are watching some Sci-Fi adventure flick where the giant snake is eating the Huey Cobras while somebody just won't get off the M-60 and never seems to run out of ammo.
This wine has a deep opaque red-purple color and an intense nose, with forward fruit and a dense, jammy quality to the berry flavors hinted with exotic spice, soft tannins and a long smooth finish.
TWC would concur. This is an excellent wine and an excellent value at ten bucks US. Prices may vary, but do partake. Word of warning: This is one of Rick's alcohol bombs. Bomb. Not Bong. 15.5% by volume. Well, that explains the burnt asparagus.
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