UNHOLY ALLIANCES IN NEW SURROUNDINGS: RAOUL DUKE AND DR. GONZO, TOGETHER AGAIN, WITH M. AND HER MAJESTY’S DRUNKEN SERVICE AT YOUR SERVICE

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.

Steelhead Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma County 2010.  Grade=OutstandingPreviously reviewed.

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.

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