Gold Medal and Best of Show - Riverside International Wine Competition (2009 vintage)
In 1805, Lieutenant Gabriel Moraga was ordered by the Spanish Governor of California to explore the Great Central Valley and to (re)name everything he found.
One day Gabe came across a river the banks of which were littered with skulls. No one knows how the skulls came to be there. Perhaps an ancient battle. Or perhaps a really great party gone horribly wrong.
Whatever. Old Gabe, being a true master of the obvious, named this river "El Rio De Las Calaveras" or in english, "The River of Skulls."
This is a full bodied wine with plenty of big tannins, but those tannins are smooth as velvet!
There is a burst of oak and dark berry on the nose. Flavors of berry, chocolate-covered cherry, and spice coat the tongue and make mine very happy! The finish lingers on the back of the throat, with blackberry and spiciness leaving me longing for another taste. Delicious!!
I decided to open it and enjoy it last night, and wait to review til today. However, I did post the immediate word that came to my mind last night, and it was WOW!
The color in the glass is a deep plum skin to me.
Sniffy Sniff Time - A big fruity nose, with some black and blue berry notes, a hint of cocoa, and a bit of gamey'ness there.
Tasty Taste Time - As I said last night, but with an extra one...WOW WOW! I wish I was eating a juicy steak about now to go with this. So, getting some of the blueberry fruit, with savory notes, some anise, touch of bacon, and oak. This is a well integrated wine, with silky texture and a smooth finish. Medium tannins. I think this should cellar well for a while (I have one more bottle - YES!).
Rubber Chicken Thoughts, by Sir Cluckles - Bawk, bawk, baGAWK! Bawk bawk bawkin bawk, BaGawk. Buk buk buk, Bawk, buk buk buk. BaGAWK-GAWK!
Bas vers le haut, Mateys...Arrrr!