Monthly Archives: January 2011

Wine Charm? Hardly.

May I charm you? You may not, but you may be charming until I’m finished.   Jones of Washington, 2007, Estate Syrah does just that.  Blackberry! Blueberry! Raspberry! oh my…  its a riddle of cobbler filling wrapped in an approachable mystery inside a coffee, tea or me finish.   This wine is friendly maybe a smidgen too friendly with it’s jiggly parts and wobbly bits.  When all is said and done, however, how can you knock a guy for trying?

Photo: Jones of Washington

Posted by Teri Citterman


Let Them Eat Cake on the Darkside

My friend wants to be cremated, then baked in a cake and served to his friends.  I’m not sure how I feel about this plan…and I do have a sweet tooth. Sweet served with savory is a great way to go, and I’m going with Darby 2007 ‘The Darkside’. Delving deep into the bowl, I lift my nose with the daunting scent of pulsating corn nuts – hard and salty and corny. This wine is all about the roasted salt of night with bursts of soy sauce, tanned leather, black currant and black pepper. It unfolds in a mysterious black thread of rich, dark salted chocolate with a puckery middle and a black licorice finish. Dare I say….ashy?


Posted by Teri Citterman

Wilridge Wine Kicks Parkers Asses

And by “Parkers”, I mean drivers…  Never fails, when drivers enter my parking garage, they become retarded.  They slow to a crawl in the hope that someone, please God someone, will pull out of the perfect parking space, just as their desperate ass creeps by.  What they really need is that ass kicked!  And Wilridge, 2008 Melange is just the wine to do it!  Loaded with leather and soy sauce, this rock salt of masculinity blows blackberry, candied orange peel and cedar.  It’s unparalleled enthusiasm reveals violet, black plum, baking spice and a slight hint of lavender.  Well it’s not going to park itself, I say, while sturdy tannins lean in and stare with intensity.  Between the lines, outside the lines – at this point… does it matter?  New Year’s Resolution #666: Patience….whatever….

Photo: Wilridge Winery

Post by Teri Citterman