Dr. Gonzo dropped in on the Deuce, along with M and the rest of the HMDS last Tuesday, armed to the teeth with enough amyls and ether to get any wine tasting started. But seriously, he had a full bag o’wine for the cast and crew to try:
Gary Farrell Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma County 2010. Grade=Very Good. Lemongrass, lime zest, melon, thyme and clementine, this lovely white is light, crisp, and acidic… finishing clean and refreshing.
Bianchi Chardonnay Santa Barbara County 2010. Grade=Very Good. Tangerine, peach, apricot touches of vanilla cream, Dreamsicle, and a faint hint of pecan pie.
Gary Farrell Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2009. Grade=Outstanding. Lemon meringue, pineapple upside down cake, white flowers, this medium-bodied Chardonnay shows off bright fruit and white spice notes through to the finish.
Colores del Sol Crispy White Blend Valle de Cuyo 2011. Grade=Very Good. Light spice, apple, lychee, white flowers, this blend of Chardonnay/Torrontes/Semillon/Muscat is a slightly sweet white that would pair well with spicier fare.
Chateau St. Jean Pinot Noir California 2010. Grade=Good. Black cherry, red flowers, baking spice, mocha, coffee, plum, carmelized cocoa – there is some heavier fruit in there perhaps?
Gary Farrell Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2009. Grade=Outstanding+. Cherry pie, spices, plum pudding, sandalwood, cocoa… Lovely red berry and plum notes, sweet fruit, spice and nice acidity.
Colores del Sol Rich Red Blend Valle de Cuyo 2011. Grade=Good. A stale Dorothy Lane Market’s Killer Chocolate Brownie with Raspberry filling. Merlot/Cabernet/Bonarda/Malbec. A bit like red berry preserve, freshly made left on the stove too long. It’s okay.
Chateau St. Jean Signature Red Blend California 2010. Grade=Average. Okay, though a bit rough. Drier than the norm for Cali red blends. Muted red apple skin and coffee grounds; compost heap, cherry stem, tobacco, charcoal, bitter chocolate.
Mountain Door Malbec Mendoza 2011. Grade=Good. Deep purple! Color, this red shows off some blueberry cream pie, clove cigarette, smoky plum, vanilla and mocha.
Bianchi Zinfandel Paso Robles 2008. Grade=Bad. Tired, seen better days, like my back and my mind.
Bianchi Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles 2009. Grade=Good. Blackberry pie with hot fudge and chocolate chip ice cream, with a bit of toasted oak.