So the nominees for the 2013 Wine Blog Awards have been announced, and Surprise! I have once again been slighted. Yeah, I know, you are just as blown away as I am. I mean, who can forget all of the wines I reviewed holding up Robert Parker’s picture with one hand, eh? Or the dozens of unrequited love letters to James Laube?
Anyway, the biggest congrats goes to the ultimate poodle wacker, Hosemaster of Wine, for 5 nominations this year. And to the host of great writers who were nominated as well, including Joe Roberts (of 1 Wine Dude), Alfonso Cevola (of On the Wine Trail in Italy), Tom Wark (from Fermentation), Sean Sullivan (of Washington Wine Report) and Wine Enthusiast’s Steve Heimoff, congratulations all!
You’d think that after 5 years of doing this, there might be some recognition, but hell, I am just happy that somebody, hell anybody for that matter, is reading my incessant rants and raves. As I have said a million times before, I do this for me, as a way to keep track of everything I taste, and a way for me to chronicle what goes on in my professional and sometimes, personal life. Yet I would be lying if I wasn’t a bit disappointed not to be nominated. I am certain most bloggers in the wine world would agree. But hey, you’re reading at least, right? You’ve taken the time to read the often droll, sometimes insightful, yet most often weird syntax my besotted mind hacks up here in cyberspace. For that, I am truly thankful. It might even warrant a hug and a kiss if we ever actually meet.
And in another clunky segue, The David Show and new Cline guy Rob Hawk (sounds like an action hero) dropped in with a bagful of awesome. Cline Cellars, at least for me, is one of the best value brands out there, with pretty much every wine kicking ass and taking names.
Cline Mourvedre Rosé Contra Costa County 2012. Grade=Outstanding. A pretty, fruit-driven saigneé, this dry pink wine is light, fruity, with hints of cranberry, red currant and crushed red flowers. A standout value!
Cline Eighty Two Red California 2010. Grade=Very Good. Medium-bodied red, with plush red and blue fruit flavors. A blend predominantly of Zinfandel and Syrah.
Cline Mourvedre Small Berry 2010. Grade=Amazing. This gorgeous, medium-to-full-bodied wine goes down in the books as one of the sexiest California reds we’ve ever tasted. Just super-sexy blue fruit, spices, exotic flowers and dried herbs.
Cline Zinfandel Ancient Vines 2011. Grade=Outstanding. A knockout value! Medium-bodied, bramble-fruited red with notes of cocoa, boysenberry, cinnamon and black pepper.
Cline Zinfandel Live Oak 2011. Grade=Outstanding. A beautifully-crafted single-vineyard Zin, made from the youngest old vines Cline has. Full-bodied, voluptuous dark fruits with elegance and grace on its long-lingering finish.
Cline Zinfandel Big Break 2010. Grade=Outstanding+. Bold, dynamic red, more muscular than its Live Oak sibling, this brooding Zin gives you blackberry, blueberry and huckleberry fruit notes, vanilla, cinnamon and cardamom undertones, and finishing up with a bit of crème de cacao.
It’s funny what actually goes through my mind when tasting. While I am listening to Rob’s presentation, my Adult ADD runs the gamut of thoughts and worries… my wife, how I am going to write this post, what is my next task at work? There are movie scenes and magazines, beauty queens and Ovaltine® – gotta keep it rhymin’ right? I realize that sometimes, if I were to write my thoughts verbatim, it would be like listening to Miles Davis, John Denver, Wu-Tang Clan and Slayer at the same time. And the capitol of Nebraska is Lincoln.