Posts Tagged ‘sofa king bueno’

Under the influence of the wine label? Guilty as charged.

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Orin Swift - PapillonOh go ahead and call the wine police. I’ll confess. Have I bought under the influence of the wine label? Yes sir, officer! Guilty as charged.

But, admit it. We’ve all done it. Sure we research the vintage tasting notes, read the reviews online, keep current on the industry trends, and mine feedback on our apps. But when you’re running late for that dinner party, you’ve left your phone in the car, and there isn’t a soul to ask for a recommendation, what does it come down to? That’s right…the label.

And really, what’s wrong with that?

Chonic Cellars - Sofa King BuenoAfter all, we taste with our eyes first. We swirl the wine, pontificate its color, its brilliance, its opacity, its legs. It’s our eyes that set the stage ripe with anticipation, setting the expectations of what will soon roll over our tongue. And yet, we discard the label as unimportant, a decoration, a distraction, a rookie mistake. Isn’t the label really our first taste of the vino goodness to come? And if it isn’t, shouldn’t it be?

Still not convinced? Consider some of our favorite wine labels in the shop.

 Orin Swift PapillonOrin Swift - The PrisonerOrin Swift - Saldo

Orin Swift
Strong, bold and arresting with layers of complexity in the storytelling. From Papillon’s hands of third generation Napa Valley grape grower and winemaker Vince Tofanelli to Saldo’s striking red and white label maker label, Orin Swift’s labels offer a visual amuse bouche of what awaits inside.

 

 

 

Herman Story - On the Road, Nuts & Bolts, and TomboyHerman Story
Fresh and forward, saturated, and yet, balanced, Herman Story’s labels reach out and grab you without even a line of front text. It’s pure experience: lush, vivid and focused. And just when you think you’ve got the blend of vineyards figured out, it slaps you with a barrage of words and smirk on the back label.

 

 

Owen Roe - Sinister HandOwen Roe - Yakima RedOwen Roe
Conversation starter and finisher. Owen Roe visually tempts your taste buds with a master blend of historical richness and salt of the earth earnestness, all delivered with a wink and a smile. Look no further than Owen Roe’s Sinister Hand label. Ominous yet tempting, it tells the tale of a rowing race won by a competitor slicing off his hand and tossing it on shore to be the first to touch, and ultimately become king. Determined, focused, arresting…or at the very least, a great party conversation starter.

Sans Liege - ProphetessSans Liege - GroundworkSans Liege - Cotes-Du-CoastSan Liege
Tasting this Thursday (5/12) at The Wine Closet with the winemaker himself!
Seductive, enrapturing and powerful, San Liege promises an “anthology of sensory travels” from first glance. A visual feast rich with layers of emotion, temptation and longing, San Liege’s labels deliver that first bite of the forbidden bottled inside.

And with that your honor, I rest my case and give it to the jury. What wine designs have caught your eye and tempted your palate?

Cheers!
Davina DaVino

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Blends – the Varietal All-Star Team

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Blends - the Varietal All-Star TeamI love a good blend. I’m not talking about the bland, throw-together-whatever-we-have-leftover blends. Thanks, I’ll pass on those. I’m talking about the perfectly balanced masterpieces of vino. I’m talking about the blends that in one sniff, swirl and swallow celebrate the unique attributes of each varietal in a single, powerful union. Maybe it comes from my sports background or maybe because it’s impossible to turn on the T.V. right now without running into another March Madness game. (I’m not bitter the Gators beat my Gauchos…no, not at all.) Blends are like an all-star varietal team. Sure you could have a team of Zin power forwards dunking fruit bombs all day, but who’s going to run the court and bring some color balance to that game? Now throw a little Petite Sirah point guard in the mix, maybe a Grenache guard, and now you’re talking a power team!

Thursday 3/31 Moonstone Cellars Wine TastingWhy blend? According to one of the blend’s best, Moonstone Cellars (featured at this Thursday’s 3/31 tasting), color and balance are the top two reasons. Blending can brighten up a wine, smooth the acidity, balance the alcohol level, and bring complexity to the palate.

In our opinion, Paso Robles has taking the blend to a true art form and has a bounty of blends to pick from.  We thought we’d share a few of our favorites for your all-star vino team consideration.

  • Justin 2007 Isosceles
    A big money player, but packs a punch worth the ticket. Offers an opaque, dense purple-black core with little color change to the rim. The nose brings black and blue fruit, firm but inviting oak notes of cinnamon and nutmeg, and a sense of just-roasted dark-roast coffee beans with a later note of dark cocoa, a dash of black pepper, and a drop of vanilla. The palate reveals an immensely flavored wine, repeating the black fruit intensity and powerful tannins.The roster: 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, and 3% Petit Verdot
  • Chronic Cellars 2009 Sofa King Bueno
    Not every player demands a huge contract; Chronic Cellars’ 09 Sofa King Bueno brings power playing for an approachable price. Offering juicy fruits, Bing cherries and ripe blackberries followed up by notes of toasted vanilla, cinnamon spice and clove. Consistent flavor, well-integrated fruit and delicate tannins. Mouth-filling and seductive with no hard edges.The roster: 27% Petite Sirah, 25% Syrah, 20% Tempranillo, 14% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre and 4% Tennat 
  • Herman Story 2008 Tomboy - 90 Points, Robert Parker!
    Who said all great blends are reds? Not us! Herman Story’s 08 90 point white is a full-flavored, balls-to-the-walls, intensively flavored blend. The 08 Tomboy blend brings balance to the court with a powerful, rich white blend of marmalade and tropical fruit aromatics to a boat load of glycerin and concentration. Drink over the next 1-2 years.The roster: 40% Marsanne, 40% Roussanne, and 20% Viognier

So who makes your roster?

Cheers!
Davina DaVino

Chronic Cellars, Chronic Cellars Sofa King Bueno

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Chronic Cellars is making awesome wine. Check it out at The Wine Closet. www.wineclosetinc.com.  We have the Sofa King Bueno, Sofa King Suite, Purple Paradise, and Stone Fox!!!!

http://www.wineclosetinc.com/store/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=chronic&osCsid=aefaffe88643e9926d4a9593e7a0df4f

Great Price on Mcprice Myers Cuvee Kristina & Chronic Cellars Sofa King Bueno

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

http://www.wineclosetinc.com/store/p1135/McPrice-Myers-07-Cuvee-Kristina/product_info.html

Great price on McPrice Myers 2007 Cuvee Kristina – $43.50

Also The Wine Closet (www.wineclosetinc.com) has Chronic Cellars Sofa King Bueno for the low price of $19.99
http://www.wineclosetinc.com/store/p1232/Chronic-Cellars-09-Sofa-King-Bueno/product_info.html

And The Wine Closet has the Chronic Cellars Purple Paradise  for $13.00
http://www.wineclosetinc.com/store/p1143/Chronic-&%2339;07-Purple-Paradise/product_info.html?osCsid=aefaffe88643e9926d4a9593e7a0df4f

McPrice Myers Cuvee Kristina & Chronic Cellars Wine

Monday, September 13th, 2010

The Wine Closet (www.wineclosetinc.com) is having a special wine of the month on the Mcprice Myers Cuvee Kristina. The sale price is $43.50.

http://www.wineclosetinc.com/store/p1135/McPrice-Myers-07-Cuvee-Kristina/product_info.html

The Wine Closet also has the new Chronic Cellars wines, check ‘em out!
http://www.wineclosetinc.com/store/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=chronic&osCsid=b09c96e39fe7d8bd721740335a0df3e2

Chronic Cellars Sofa King Bueno 2009

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

The Winecloset is doing a Chronic tasting on Thursday Sept 9th.  Come by for some great wine.

We just received in a bunch of cases of the Chronic Cellars wines. Chronic Cellars Sofa King Bueno $19.99.

http://www.wineclosetinc.com/store/p1232/Chronic-Cellars-09-Sofa-King-Bueno/product_info.html?osCsid=aefaffe88643e9926d4a9593e7a0df4f

2009 Sofa King Bueno
27% Petite Sirah
25% Syrah
20% Tempranillo
14% Grenache 10% Mourvedre 4% Tennat

Juicy fruits, bing cherries and ripe blackberries followed up by notes of toasted vanilla, cinnamon spice and clove. Consistent flavor, well-integrated fruit and delicate tannins. Mouth-filling and seductive with no hard edges