Tag Archives: Napa Red Wine

Bodan Roan Cab Sauv ‘2011

3 Aug

Bodan Roan Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Napa Valley. 13.6% ABV, $9/bottle from Astor Wine & Spirits.

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The first thing you’ll notice with Bodan Roan 2011 Cab Sauv is that the color looks like a pinot, not a cab. The light color belies the grapes. The nose, too shows bright red fruit, some vegetation and touch of wood. On the palate, the red fruit is quite bright and matched by powerful acidity, showing a quicker finish as loose tannins creep in gently. A hint of stone is the final note after the tannins subside. This is a wine made for food, flexible and capable of pairing with just about anything, leaving a clean and fresh palate quickly without imparting a new color of its own. A great table/house red for warm seasons or climates that can stand up to any food, easygoing & providing solid value.

Just beware if you taste on its own, you might say ‘bleh’ but if you taste with food, you’ll likely say ‘yeah!’.

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à votre santé

Furious Live Wine Blogging. Day 2- Reds!

13 Jul

It’s hard to explain the insanity of Live Wine Blogging at the WBC14  Wine Blogger’s Conference, but let’s try: 300+ people crammed into a conference room with round tables for 8 with a number in the middle. 50 minute time limit on the event! Wine makers run around the room, changing tables every five minutes from table number to number (in order), trying to shout above the din what their wine is while they both pour tastes and answer questions. Bloggers furiously try to taste each wine, scribble notes, and tweet or record their findings as they try not to spit wine on themselves or their digital devices. All of this while the conference leaders shout furtively into a wireless microphone that only feeds a speaker in one small corner, far below the room volume. A tiny bit of insanity, strangely fun, while frustrating. Did I mention the intermittent internet connectivity, or the lack of good signal in the basement? Oh- never mind. 🙂

Regardless- we tasted some good, some not so good, from $8 to $60 (Jordan Winery’s 2006 Cab: Tasty!). Here is my pile of tweets for your enjoyment!

 

Labyrinth Pino ’12 clone 667 “More Cary grant than John Wayne”

2011 SB Syrah Brett and barnyard on the nose, very mixed palate. Grill pleaser for sure.

Monterey Pinot. Black cherry, boysenberry, nice tight finish. Stelvin & $15- easy to drink!

2010 vineyard 511 Cab- aged 30 mo’s in oak! Menthol & Forest, black fruit and long pull.

Symmetry Meritage ’11 Classic Sonoma, where’s my steak?

Carmenere Reaerve 2011. $13, earth & brown spice, ideal for Classic French aka boef bourg.

’06 Cab. Lovely Alexander valley, menthol and perfume- so old world! Luxury-Yum!

à votre santé!

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