Top Jimmy, our Bryant sales rep and NKY sales manager dropped by for another inebriant strafing run, this time armed with mostly wines from the Michael-David portfolio of wines, which have me thinking about the ol’ CCR song, “Stuck in Lodi Again.” I have this weird theory about Creedance Clearwater Revival being God’s chosen band… I know that you probably think I am certifiable (like this is what drew you to that conclusion), but anyone who has ever covered a CCR song has suffered either a career setback, or a career demise. Think about it. Billy Idol=”Born on the Bayou” for his live encores, motorcycle accident. Bob Segar=”Fortunate Son”, years of Chevy commercials. Leatherwolf! Need I say anymore?
Yet I digress:
Tamas Estate Pinot Grigio Central Coast 2009. Grade=Average. Simplistic PG, though it has some nice citrus and stone fruit characters. Just a bit underwhelming.
Seven Heavenly Chards Chardonnay Lodi 2009. Grade=Average. Better than the last time I had this a few years ago. Very clean, acidic style of Chardonnay, completely unoaked. Very tart, with sharp edges, bright lemony notes and undertones of nectarine and kumquat.
Wente Chardonnay Morning Fog Livermore Valley 2009. Grade=Outstanding. Rounder and smoother than the Seven Heavenly, this Chard sees some light barrel aging and a bit of malolactic fermentation. Hints of white spice, vanilla and baked apples underlie the bright tropical fruit flavors.
Wente Chardonnay Riva Ranch Arroyo Seco 2008. Grade=Outstanding. Plush with creamy vanilla atop apple pie a la mode, peach cobbler and pineapple upside down cake.
Tamas Estate Double Decker Red Central Coast 2008. Grade=Outstanding. Juicy red blend with some velvety sweet black cherries, dark plums and boysenberry pie. Finishes plush and round.
Windmill Petite Sirah Lodi 2007. Grade=Outstanding. A terrific value in Petite Sirah, this shows off some bold, spicy red and black fruits, cinnamon, pecan pie, and wild flowers.
Wente Cabernet Sauvignon Southern Hills Livermore Valley 2008. Grade=Outstanding. Lighter-styled California Cab, though firm tannins and textbook blackberry and black cherry fruit flavors anchor this into a reality-priced point that would make this a great one to buy by the case.
Incognito Red Lodi 2008. Grade=Outstanding. Rhone-styled red blend with spicy red fruit, blueberries, white pepper, rhubarb pie and
sassafrass. Just wish it was priced a bit less.
Earthquake Cabernet Sauvignon Lodi 2008. Grade=Average. Tastes like potted meat cooked in a reduction of iodine and used bandaids. Really gross. The heavy-handed alcohol blurts through this cacophonic pancake syrup mess.
6th Sense Syrah Lodi 2009. Grade=Outstanding. Michael-David redeems themselves after the Earthquake with a fruity, juicy Syrah that shows off terrific sweet red currants and blueberries, black pepper, black olives, sagebrush and a hint of bacon fat.
Bluebird Pinot Noir California 2009/3 liter bag. Grade=Horrific. You know that Kopi Luwak coffee, the one where the beans have been eaten and excreted by the Asian Palm Civet, and then weirdly turned into the world’s most expensive coffee? Here, I think raccoons have eaten Pinot Noir grapes, pooped them out, and someone has, in a hallucinatory state, tried to make wine out of them. And it tastes just like it. Comes in a convenient trash bag.