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2006 *%#&@! (Rhone blend)
Wine Specs
Vintage
2006
Varietal
Red Rhone Blend
Appellation
Calaveras County
Barrel Aging
11 months in French oak barrels
Alcohol %
14.3

2006 *%#&@! (Rhone blend)

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"They may call this "Potty-Mouth Red", but it's really another beauty of a wine made from Calaveras County fruit. This soft Rhone-style red blend contains grenache, syrah, and mourvedre. Blueberries, black plum and alluring floral aromas are followed by black and blue fruit flavors that are bright and will pair well with food. Very good QPR." - Dr. Debs on Good Wine Under $20

"Bright, deep ruby red color. Wildly aromatic with scents of tarragon, lavender and allspice accenting the core of ultra-ripe berries. Rich and ripe on the palate with flavors of blueberry and raspberry supported by complimentary notes of earth and brown spice. Tremendously balanced and wonderfully styled offering more depth and Old World charm than most of its peers." - BevX

Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The meaty and peppery characters and hints of Provençal herbs and spices might have you thinking this Rhône-style blend of Mourvedre, Syrah, and Grenache just fell out of a “California Cheese” commercial. Well, the name is the only cheesy thing about it! Those bright fruit flavors of blackberry and cherry sure ain’t no bull! (Note: No animals were harmed in the writing of these tasting notes.)
Awards
Gold Medal, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Vineyard Notes
50% Mourvedre - Tanner Vineyard
28% Syrah - Tanner Vineyard
22% Grenache - Dalton Vineyard
Food Pairing Notes
Pairs and rhymes with Duck! Also BBQ pork and spicy Asian foods. And especially - a bacon, lettuce, tomato, and avocado sandwich!
Product Reviews
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Chris Friend
(Aug 9, 2009 at 1:11 PM)
Hi ... I bought a bottle of this wine at a tasting at Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine in Chicago. Just drank it with my son sitting outisde with a BBQ in our village in Hertfordshire, UK. What a stonkingly great wine!! Huige mellow plum! I live in hope that we can import some.

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Lisa Knight
(Oct 3, 2009 at 10:54 AM)
The *%#&@! on the label was enough for me to buy this as gifts for 4 superb charge O.R. nurses in a high stress environment. They raved about the wine, which is quite smooth by itself. It's so good that I'm not sure there will be any left to pair it with food!

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Mike
(Dec 23, 2009 at 12:39 PM)
The nose was a dark red cherry/blueberry with a touch of oak. The first sip was spicy and the tannins were balanced across the entire palate - top to bottom and side to side. Over the next half-hour as we enjoyed our skillet lasagne, the spices warmed and vanilla found its way into the nose. A rich and deeply satisfying bottle of wine that doesn't **%#&@! around in the glass!

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Jeff G
(Jan 15, 2010 at 8:56 PM)
Let me say I am not a wine expert. And I have a hard time describing flavors... but let me say what I like. Big Spicy Zins (like Turley), Petite Sryahs (like Turley!), Barbera's, Barolos, Barbaressco, floral Rioja's, and of French wine Rhone. What I don't like is most Cabs and almost all classic French wines. Too leathery, mineral, and tannic. Sorry I like a wine I can have with OR without food. This wine is a wonderful middle ground between American style wines and European wines. It has the character of both. Perhaps some of the best of both. We decanted a bottle and had bread and cheese for dinner, along with this wine. The wine was an excellent foil for the fare. Fruity but not to the point of jammy or grape juice (no where near that). Terrior but not to the point of a Cab or (worse IMO of course) a Bordeaux. Some tannins but not the cleaning fluid dryness of a truly tannic French wine. If you are like me, and are looking for a European style wine, without tasting like you would imagine a cellared old wine would taste like (stinky shoe leather), give this a try!

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Brandi L
(Apr 16, 2010 at 4:47 PM)
Took a chance on this and two other Twisted Oak offerings on wine.woot.com a couple months ago. Opened it tonight & all I can say is, "Lucky me!".

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Olivia
(Aug 9, 2010 at 2:16 PM)
Went into my favourite wine store in Chicago (LUSH) to get a bottle of white and happened to see this was available for tasting. Tried it and very impressed, especially for the price point ($16 at the store)! A wonderful blend with great spice, dark fruit and almost raisiny notes. Very versatile and would be a great wine for parties - very agreeable and accessible for my friends not that acquainted with wine but also interesting and tasty enough for regular drinkers.

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Bebedor De Vino
(Apr 9, 2011 at 4:48 PM)
I took a bottle of this to a friend's house. When I popped the cork, it was the most fragrant wine I have ever smelled while still in the bottle. It quickly dissipated, but it was lovely for the first few moments.

Putting the wine through a vinturi, it recreated some of the initial aromas. Herbs, earth, spice, and pepper dominated, with fruit playing a secondary role. I quite like wines like this, and the two others did as well. We all agreed it was a nice change from the fruit-forward wines that tend to dominate the shelves.

All were impressed with the wine, and even more so when they heard the price. This is a wonderful wine.

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Leo Butler
(Aug 9, 2011 at 10:59 AM)
This vintage (2006) is drinking fabulously right now, and will easily continue to do so for a couple more years. Flavors of blackberry, blueberry and spice, with a prominent mid-palate flourish that's wonderfully mouth-filling.

A very versatile wine, it drinks well on its own but complements the right meal as well. Most recently, I paired it with roasted vegetables with fig balsamic vinegar and it was outstanding.

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