5.11.11 She was a Bordeaux, part deux

6 07 2011

For the reference in the title check out the last time we drank some Bordeaux: She was a Bordeaux, fa sho.

But seriously kids, has it really been 4 months since our last winos? Unacceptable! Really we have no excuse other than we’ve had too much recreational wine drinking and hardly enough edutoxication.

This is our first Winos using the iPad for note taking, which will hopefully make our blog posts more timely. So far I’ve been just as lazy about posting. But here it is nonetheless. I’m going to give you the raw, unedited notes, this time courtesy of the lovely Dave Gehart.  Enjoy!

Hi iPad new notes machine!!

K wants to take notes, but she is full of burrito and Dave is typing

Sanoma coast Pinot-block 7
Nose:earthy coke a cola, d&k have too much willy silly, alcoholic rhaspberry, cran-razz, Casey is being rejected
Palette points: juicy black cherry that needs popped, hot flash in the mouth, similar to the nose, kinda like a burrito, juicy, rubbed Colin the “right” way
Another Pinot artesa
Nose: leatherberry, red thanks David, crayon, something meaty says the veg, rhaspberry fruit roll up, camp fire
Palette: cherry butter, biting, spicy, David is a slut for oak,
Ridge Zinfandel Paso Robles
nose: beefy mole, chocolate covered strawberry, bramble berry, Jammu,
Palette: black cherry, teraki, dirty ashtray for no rhyme or reason,
Ridge Three Valleys
Nose: tobacco, licorice, burning rubber, lube
Palate:  razzleberry, pomegranate juicy juice…if they made it, the same juiciness as when the pomegranate bursts!
Domaine de Montalon, bordeaux superior, 2006′
Nose: smokey blue cheese, funk
Palate:  dry, chalky

Kelly is the mayor of Valencia bottoms, also a blackout queen. Kelly is pouring heavy. Kelly has problems, but so does everyone

Katie wants to live in a cul du sac, also be an alcoholic… Halfway there. Hugh jackman dances like a gay boy

Alea’s womb is very active in the conversation

France sucks

Barriers to entry

Condoms are for sailors

We are three bottles zin

Dear ridge, we are drinking your dick, suck us good wine. Hearts and unicorns~ winos

Casey…like 8,000,000 penis and condom jokes


01.19.11 Whiskey Winos

12 06 2011

1. Baker’s Sour Mash Whiskey
Aged 7 years, 107 proof
Nose: maple, vanilla, brown sugar
Palate: corn, sweet, vanilla, caramel
Smoother with ice cube or a few drops of water, made the flavors more vibrant

2. Powers Gold Label Special Reserve Irish Whiskey
Aged 12 years, 80 proof
Nose: butterscotch, Werther’s Original, American oak
Palate: lingering passionfruit, apple juice, wheaty
Finish not as smooth as the first one, like a nicer Jameson


3. The BenRiach Single Peated Malt Scotch Whiskey
Aged 10 years
Nose: peatastic, BBQ sauce, Peter, antiseptic, campfire on beach, assphalt, pear
Palate: cloreseptic, bandaid brand, chocolately flavor
*ice makes this drinkable

Of 10 of us, 1 person liked the first one the best, 6 people liked the second one best and 3 people liked the last one best!



01.12.11 Burgundy or Bust

6 06 2011

Burgundy is made from the ancient grandparents of wine we know today…

White = Chardonnay
Red = Pinot noir
Occasionally Aligote (a very minor grape)

1. 2007 Domaine Faiveley, Montagny
Nose: butter popcorn, sweet hay, brie rind, nutty, hazelnuts, apple
Palate: bitty, lemony, butterscotch, lemon-cucumber water
Rating: 6/10, $21

“serving [Burgundy] in too small of a glass should be a crime” – wine book
“…punishable by death” – Kelly Naughton




4 levels of AOC in Burgundy:

  1. Lowest level = AOC Burgundy/Bourgogne
  2. Villages = by name of village
  3. Premiere cru = vineyard specific
  4. Grand Cru = vineyard and specially selected 1861

2. 2007 Bourgogne Aligote, Jayer-Gilles
Nose: powered sugar, lime, green apple, minerality, cold stone, smells like crisp, dave’s eyes watered
Palate: lime, lemon grass, thin, blending wine, cotton candy in mid-palate
Rating: 5/10, $23

*Bring this wine to Hog Island Oyster for winos field trip

3. 2006 Savigny-les-Beaune, Premiere Cru Les Vergelesses, Nicolas Potel
Nose: port, happy, umami, poo, barnyard, furred cherries
Palate: dark and stormy, cranberry and dirt, cranberry and poison, licorice/menthol/eucalyptus
Rating: 7.5/10, $40

4. 2008 Les Fichots, Pernand-Vergelesses premiere Cru Maison
Nose: smokey wood chips, smells like soy sauce, crayon, umami, waxiness, roasted nuts, ham sandwich
Palate: thin but smooth, first taste kicked me in the face like a horse (in a good way) smoke, coca cola, nutmeg
Rating: 7/10, $20

5. 2009 “Les Boutieres” Pernand-Vergelesses, AOC Vielles Vignes Reserve
Nose: dark cherry, cherry cola, raspberry, sassafras, artificial red candy
Palate: cherry, earthiness, vanilla creme on finish

6. 2007 Olivier Guyot Bourgogne Pinot Noir
Nose: asparagus, green pepper, slightly dirty, burnt licorice
Palate: 🙂 cherry

The Line Up

11.17.10 NO PINOT

3 04 2011

Unlike most of us winos in San Francisco, Russell is not a fan of the Pinot Noir. His house, his rules: bring over a big red, Zinfandels welcome. Just don’t bring no Pinot.

1. 2008 Fuso Barbera Colli Tortonesi.

Nose: Cranberry walnut bread, cinnamon, crayon

Palate: Cranberry spiced cider, boozy cranberry – but the diet version of course.

Rating: 5.85/10

2. 2007 Granacha, Cotes du Rhone.

Nose: Walnuts, plum, dick, butter, fireplace, fir.

Palate: Juice box – the box, not the uice, black cherry juice, cherries.

Rating: 5.31/10

3. 2007 Caliberico Red Blend, Lodi (Zinfandel, Tempranillo, Tannat).

Nose: Buttered popcorn topped with paprika, red cherry almond reduction, basil, almond sauce, marciellos (pizza), blackberry

Palate: Butter with brown sugar, maple syrup flavor, specifically Aunt Jemima maple syrup, buttered popcorn.

Rating: 5.32/10

4. 2007 Ogiers (Les Moirets) Cotes du Rhone.

Nose: Chocolate, bacon, vanilla extract, powdered sugar

Palate: Fireplace, dark cherry juice, sour, citrus, raw marshmallows.

Rating: 4.77/10

5. 2009 Ridge 3 Valley Blend

Nose: Buttered Popcorn, crusty crust, pickled fruit, blueberry

Palate: Good, blackberry, cupcakes.

6. 2009 Malbec, Philips Sehell

Nose: Raisin, asparagus, snozberries, watermelon, red berries/raspberries, smoke, fire and a $2-10 whore.

Palate: Astringent, alcohol, lemon,

7. 2007 BV Rutherford Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Nose: Kool aid and veggies

Palate: Black currant, grapefruit, slutty old wine and leather suits.

The notes then said:


11.10.10 Wintry Wines to Warm You

3 04 2011

aka the night Kelly’s sister came to winos and the first night we all met Mr. Casey Newton!

Special thanks to Kel and Adolfo for hosting this winos. BTW they have great lighting and a nice TV.

1. Sex Sparkling Wine, M. Lawrence, Brut Rose. Michigan

“Michigan? No wonder they named it sex. It was the only way they could sell it.” – Colin

Nose: Apple sauce, Something off like Michigan cranberry

Palate: Strawberry, church wine, Juicy Juice sparkling, in no way does this taste like sex, elevated Boones Farm.

2. 2005 Riesling, Anselman, Spatlese, Pfalz.

Nose: Honey, weed*, brie mold, slight diesel fuel, apricots.

Palate: Supa dupa sweet tasting, butterscotch, almond, fruit cocktail.

* There was no actual footnote associated with the asterisk.

3. 2008 Chiroubles, Daniel Bouland, Beaujolais.

Nose: Meat sando, strawberry tobacco for hookah, leather, father’s study, stone fruit, plum.

Palate: Cough syrup, fleshy plum, woody, hot.

4. 2006 Artessa Tempranillo, Alexander Valley.

Nose: Big oak trees, old raisins, barkyness, blackberry, American oak/whiskey and spicy bourbon.

Palate: Burning, cotton candy, really sweet like a hard candy you get from grandma, maple syrup, cough drop, like a Snuggie on your tongue. This fits the theme. It is hot.

5. 2003 Chateau Ferriere AOC Margaux

Nose: Tobacco, Berry Kix, funkberry, cinnamon, blueberry, Styrofoam, despair

Palate: Fireplace, floral, mild
“Enjoyable” – Alea
“I drank it all and forgot to taste” – Tim

6. 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Sunce, Alexander Valley.

Nose: Shoe made out of black licorice, shoe polish, pungent, silly putty

Palate: Candy, Long Island iced tea, herbalicious, anise, eucalyptus.

7. 2007 Zinfandel, Gia Domella, Russian River Valley.

Nose: Cougarsafter 5pm, blackberries, dishwasher, wonderful evening home by myself and the Rabbit, raisins.

Palate: Cranberry, spicy berry pie, delish haaaaaaaay… or just hay.

8. 2008 Les Oliviers Syrah

Nose: Musty old clap trap, Crème brulee, salami, ASS, piney woods full of nymphis, fennel sausage, pepper, barnyard.

Palate: Berry, peppery, plum watered down by currant, rhubarb, beef jerky, sweet cherry

9. 2008 The Velvet Devil, Merlot.

Nose: Butter, cured meat, marshmallows (love it!), Sweet Tarts and a foot, Ben Gay, wintergreen, sappy coffee.

Palate: Meaty, smooth and girthy! Dirty and bearish.

10. 2007 Onyx Shiraz

Nose: Goat foot, musk, the FiDi on a hot day, spice, pepper.

Palate: Dying, pre-cum, leather, bitter (like Alea if she never had children), unripe dark fruit.

10.20.10 Three Grapes and You’re In!

3 04 2011

Rather than Three Strikes and You’re Out! it’s Three Grapes and You’re In!: Blends of 3 or more wines in honor of the San Francisco Giants in the World Series.

San Francisco was hit hard with baseball fever in 2010. For the first time in many, many moons, our beloved Giants made it to the World Series against the Texas Rangers. We celebrated the occasion by drinking wins that had a blend of three or more varietals just a stone’s throw from AT&T Park itself.

1. 2006 Tallulah “Les Trois Voix” (The three voices, en francais) Shake Ridege Ranch, Amador County. Grenache, Mouvedre, Syrah. ($18 from Urban Cellars)

Nose: Smells like the Giants are going to win! (a comment at the bottom of the 9th, 5-5, with a man on third base). Black currant, herbal, Jaegermeister, black pepper, plum and eucalyptus.

Tim interjects: He’s cute and an amazing baseball player! (if I recall, this comment was made about a Texas Ranger. Boo, Tim)

Alea retorts: “And he catches!” … that’s what she said

Palate: Less harsh than the nose, herbally, black berries and dark fruit

2. 2007 Cotes du Rhone. Andre Brunel. (K&L $9.99)

Nose: Herby, pepper, menthol, cherry, Ben Gay (David H. adds, “so it smells like my grandma…”) and on a completely different note, cherry pie filling.

Palate: Hot and mellow, needs food, strawberry and black cherry.

3. 2009 Emergence, Central Coast. Syrah, Mouvedre, Grenache. (Trader Joes, $7.99)

Nose: Baked plum, allspice, light funk. We must have been drunk already because there’s a smiley face next to light funk.

Palate: Plum and spice, mulled wine that has been cooled off.

The label is like hot/violent sex.

4. 2005 Furat, Salvatore Ajello, Sicilia. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syra, Nero D’avola.  (Swirl on Castro, $24.75)

Nose: Marinara and basil, olive, hot, Clorox, Italian restaurant that needs to be cleaned, meaty, salami.

Palate: Blech :P, woody, high ALCOHOL, orange rind and the color black

5. 2008 Fiction (Field Recording) Red Wine, California. (Vin West Portal, $19.)

Nose: Dorm cafeteria, pass-o-guava juice!, pineapple, Tampico, jungle juice. Basically this wine smells like college.

Palate: Sangria wine, vanilla, a big, slutty Paso wine.

6. 2006 Sant-Hilaire Medoc. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc. (K&L Wines, $17)

Nose: We forgot to smell.

Palate: Porta potty, TOTES POOPY, rotting wood, horse shitting black currants. It doesn’t taste like shit… Brandied cherries sitting in rotting brandy.

7. 2005 Clos du Bois Machstone. Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Merlot. (Safeway, $48)

Nose: Blackberry leather, an old fifth date without sex, Merlot…despite the fact that it is only 3% of the blend, a plum turned to prune, a sexy factor of oak, grass

Palate: Peppery, moderately offensive…but we’ll still drink it, red otter pops.

8. Fetzer Mendocino. Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Syrah. (Fetzer Winery, $25)

Nose; Mushroom, caramel, butter.

Palate: Very berry and we liked it.

9. 2007 Beringer, Knights Valley Alluvium. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petite Verdot. (Safeway, $22)

Nose: Caramel, raisins/craisins.

Palate: Clove…and then we got distracted.

10. Estanzia, Paso Robles Meritage. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petite Verdot.

Nose: Misty forest, and something that looks like Bruce rind. 10 bottles in and legible handwriting is a lost cause.

Palate: This bottle is CORKED. And thus the night was over.

10.06.10 Wines of Northern Italy

1 04 2011

Ah, this is marks the point in time where we decide to stop giving credit where credit is due. Sorry kiddies! I think we’ve all shown that we can be accurate, clever, and perverted when describing wine. So we’ll try anonymous notes for awhile. Cuts down on both note taking and typing up. 🙂

1. Prosecco Valdobbiadene Sorelle Bronca Extra Dry

Nose: Peach and green pear.

Palate: White gummy bears, minerally, watermelon rind, peachy bubble gum, crisp.

Rating: 6.5/10

2. 2009 Moscato D’Asti Serralunge D’Alba Massolino

Nose: Peach O’s, honey, orange, summer fruite pie, elderflower

Palate: Stupidly refreshing, honey, honeydew melon.

Rating: Split 4s and 7s (out of 10)

3. Moscato #2  (that’s all she wrote)

Nose: Angel food cake, powered sugar dust, honey suckle, bubble gum, jasmine

Palate: orange, honey sticks

Rating: 5/10

4. Muller Thurgau

Nose: Wet stones, babbling brook, asphalt, lime juice

Palate: bitter, taste like nothing (like my life – KN)

5. 2007 Dolcetto di Degliani Bricco Del Cuco, Piemonte

Nose: Old library with leather club chair, white pepper, nutmeg, stewed blackberry

Palate: Smokey (BBQ), tannic, defrosted frozen fruits, plum, would go well with steak or smoked salmon.

6. Plazzo Della

Nose: Masarated mix berries, tar, barn dirt.

Palate: Dried black currant, tannic.

7. 1998 Barolo Alessaradro E Gian Natle Fantino (Vigna de dardi)

Nose: dirt and earth, berries, black licorice, creamy, rubbing alcohol (just a hint), anise, white pepper, chocolate, raspberry jame, graham cracker crust.

“This bitch is complex. I like peeling back her layers one at a time” – Katie

Palate: Red licorice, rose petals, aged to perfection.