A RosÃ© by any other name
The RosÃ© Avengers must love my ass.Â Ever since I got a taste of that I’M RosÃ© up at Folio Winemakers Studio I have been an avenger on my own.Â That was a year or so ago.Â The rest of the world is catching up to me.Â And Isabel.Â I had dinner with a friend last week at Prima’s in Walnut Creek. That’s one of the places on the Tour.Â Prima’s, Lark Creek, Va da vi, Metro in Lafayette, Patrick David’s in Danville and occasionally Bing’s.Â Â The economy has greatly curtailed The Tour, but every now and then I get out.Â I had dinner with an old friend.Â Prima’s has a tasting menu where they pour three “tastes” based on a theme.Â I went with the pink theme.Â There was a Charles & Charles, a Chateau Somethingorother and a Rosato.Â Unfortunately, I can’t find my notes.Â I do know the Charles & Charles was way too light and really not a lot going on for me. A little too delicate, a little too light, at least it was dry.Â The French one was better.Â A nose full of minerals, but nice forward and back palate on it.Â The essence of honeydew without the sweetness.Â Definitely a good one, I just can’t remember the name, or find my notes.Â I’ve got nothing on the Italian except it was the meatiest of the three.Â After that I asked the waiter to bring me an interesting Cab in a glass.Â My dinner was gnocchi with sausage and clams.Â I probably should have gone with a Super Tuscan, but the food hadn’t arrived yet.Â So the guy brings out the most expensive by the glass Cab on the menu.Â It was the Veraison Stagecoach at $22 a glass.Â Dude, any moron could have done that.Â I said interesting.Â It was way too tight, never did open up, and the food didn’t calm it down.Â I don’t know how Wine Spectator gave it a 93.Â Ultimately, I think it will settle into a pretty nice elegant wine, but it was way too early to drink that glass he brought to my table at $22 a glass.Â Not to mention you can get the whole bottle for $55 at KL Wines.Â Fail boys.Â Still, I love seeing my friend, the poor woman gave birth to the child that I should have had and now she has to raise her.Â That makes me laugh.
Saturday the Tour of Bad Ideas continued.Â We pick up with our heroines on the Drink, Drank, Drunk leg of the Tour of Bad Ideas.Â First stop, Clos Pegase for their barrel tasting event.Â On one hand I’m glad I’m a club member and didn’t have to pay.Â On the other hand, that 2008 Pegaso is going to be off the hook.Â The charge for non-members was $25 which really seemed like a lot to me.Â Granted I’ve been down in their caves numerous times, but it seemed to me there should have been a better lay out of food and pairings or something with that sort of charge.Â Maybe that’s just me.Â As usual, their wines are amazing, but I’m noticing the charges are remaining the same for these events and the spreads are being dialed back considerably.
Next stop, Corison.Â Whoops!Â I mean next stop Cuvaison.Â The Tour of Bad Ideas soldiers on.Â They changed out there tasting room since last time I’d been there.Â I really like the new lay out.Â Generally, table service pisses me off, but Cuvaison got it right.Â A very nice young man named Travis helped us out.Â Things got off on the wrong foot when he tried to tell us his last name was “Tritt” and went downhill from there.Â We had an awesome time!Â Because I was rolling with The Somm we got the industry treatment.Â It’s about the experience and Travis brought it home nicely.Â My favorite was the Brandlin Cab.Â It was a complex, yet elegant offering.Â I got plums and black cherriesÂ and spice on the forward palate and a nice cocoa maybe even a touch of mocha on the finish.Â The tannins were nicely muted.Â This wine is going to develop beautifully over time.Â The other one I liked, which is subjective because really there wasn’t a bad wine in there.Â They’re having a Go Big Red event with I think 30% off of their reds right now.Â Anyway the other one was the Block F5 Pinot.Â This was also a pretty complex wine, full of cherries and berries.Â A slight strawberry on the nose and some nice spice on the finish.Â Really a lot meatier than most Pinots.
Now off to Corison.Â Whoops!Â The Tour of Bad Ideas continues on to Benessere.Â This is one of my favorite Secret Squirrel wineries.Â Kini the world’s greatest wine dog lives there.Â She’s a Newfie.Â Big as a friggin’ couch.Â Eric, a retired tech guy who’s got his Somm creds of his own was our pourer.Â Once again, it’s about the experience and we truly enjoyed our conversations about wine, food, the industry and Quick Draw McGraw with Eric.Â We may have solved one of the great wonderments of my world, but I’m not sure.Â Remember the dog that was given a biscuit and would fly up in the air hugging himself going “mmmm, mmmmm, MMMMMM!” when given a biscuit?Â Was it Precious from Adam Ant?Â Or another one?Â I’ve been all over youtube trying to find that.Â It might have something to do with Quick Draw McGraw (and yesterday’s jackassery).Â Anywho, I am a huge fan of Benessere’s BK Collins Old Vine Zin.Â That’s why we went.Â I taught the Somm something on Saturday and that’s unusual.Â The Phenomenon is a great offering as well, but since this economic condition is a little hinky, I stick to the under $50 wines.Â At least until I get stupid.Â More on that later.
Now on to Corison.Â Except it’s 4:20 and they close at 5pm.Â Yep, we’re going to be the assholes that show up at 4:45.Â Tasting room staff hate the late in the day visitors.Â They tend to be drunk and obnoxious.Â You can tell, the staff cannot hide their distain.Â The sad truth is that the Som and me are obnoxious when we’re sober.Â We actually become somewhat endearing if we’re drinking.Â But the truth of the matter was that we were taking it easy and we were not too bad.Â And we were on a mission to get some of that Corazon dammit.Â The tasting room staff were gracious with us, and even rolled with us.Â We walked out with four bottles of the 2007 Corazon RosÃ© of Cabernet Sauvignon, one Cab Franc and a Cabernet Sauvignon, because on the last stop of the Tour of Bad Ideas, the under $50 rule is out the window.Â Â That Corazon RosÃ© is a great little RosÃ©.Â Since I’m trying to reduce my personal footprint, I’ve been on a salmon kick and it’s going to be perfect with grilled salmon.Â By the time I actually lose this 50 pounds I will have wiped out an entire species of salmon.Â I should just become a RosÃ© Avenger.Â I’m more than doing my part this year.Â I also came home with a bottle of the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon.Â I can’t help myself.Â The wine she makes is the wine I love.Â It’s been that way since she was making wine at Chapellet.Â I still love Chapellet, but my heart is with the Corison Cab.Â It’s got a lot of fruit on the palate, but it’s subtle and doesn’t knock you upside the head like a lot of other high end cabs.Â Nice spice on the back palate and an elegant finish.Â Her Kronos is the big boy of her line, but that one was a little tight for me.Â I suspect it will develop very nicely over time, I just have a full wine cellar and a case and a half on the floor next to it so finding a place to store a $125 Cab didn’t make sense, even after a day of tasting with the Somm.Â That’s how you know were weren’t drunk, just obnoxious.