Archive for September, 2008

GROOMZILLA

Nadia 2006 White, Santa Barbara County

Nadia 2006 WhiteWhile frantically rushing to complete some of his wedding tasks assigned by his handsome and soon to be “Husband”, Risqué was delighted to be handed a glass of the Nadia 2006 white wine to ease his phrenetic mind and dispel horrific thoughts of becoming the male version of Bridezilla… “Groomzilla”. After enjoying a glass and knowing that “Nadia” means “Hope” in Russian, Risqué is now certain that there is hope all will be accomplished in time.

Risqué’s glass reflects a gorgeous shimmers of yellow green as the soothing aromas present big crisp tropical pineapple and creamy vanilla with emerging scents of white flowers, leather and grass. The serene taste soothes a fast pace with a very soft light butter toast and spice with a long peachy bright acidic finish.

The Nadia 2006 White is a splendid Rhône style blend of 64% Viognier, 20% Grenache Blanc and 7% Roussane having been barrel aged for nine months in Rousseau.

Risqué highly recommends adding the Nadia 2006 White to ones drinking profile as it will surely tame the (as in this case) the abominable Groom-zilla.

Alcohol 14.1% ($30)

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Posted: September 18th, 2008
at 9:01pm by Risqué

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RISQUÉ COMMUNIQUÉ

Anticipating wedded bliss, Risqué is overwhelmed by the details of planning his long impending nuptials with his hot tap of 15 years. So please extend to Risqué the generosity of anticipating fewer posts for the next month. After the Honeymoon, Risqué will be back full swing with renewed vigor to share his wonderful and rich hedonistic delicious content to his faithful LUSHES.

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Posted: September 16th, 2008
at 8:28pm by Risqué


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BELLY UP TO THE BORDEAUX BAR…BOYS

Chateau Le Barrail 2004 Medoc, Bordeaux France

When Risqué says “Belly up to the Bordeaux Bar” he pictures all his beautiful LUSHES swirling, sniffing and sipping this wonderful Medoc.

Chateau Le Barrail 2004 MedocWith luring rich velvet red color, the scents seduce the nose with pink pepper, sarsaparilla and cassis with further subtle hints of leather, briar fruit and cedar. On the tongue, the taste buds a taken over by violet, cocoa nibs, ripe plum and bright fruit that flows across the palate and eventually fades leaving a lingering lightly tannic wet stone finish. Surprisingly this is not a heavy red wine as the nose would imply.

The Chateau Le Barrail is very French in style and has enough tannin to last another 5-8 years, yet it is definitely drinkable now as a light-medium bodied weight. Risqué recommends that you open for 15 to 30 minutes to let it breathe.

Risqué thinks this wine is FANTASTIC with Rosemary Crusted Lamb, Veal Shank or a Charcuterie of lovely cured meats and artisan cheeses. Nice Bordeaux on a budget.

You better hurry Boys…Risqué’s bottle is almost gone!

Alcohol 13.5% ($15) Natural Cork Closure

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Posted: September 12th, 2008
at 10:00am by Risqué

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MUSCAT LOVE

Eagle Eye 2005 Muscat Canelli, Mendocino, Napa and Lake Counties, Ca

“And they whirled and the twirled and they tango

Singin’ and jinglin’a jangle

Floatin’ like the heavens above

Looks like” in this case Risqué sings… “Muscat Love!”

Eagle Eye 2005 Muscat CanelliThis divine Muscat Love shows a light lemon in the glass with a surprising viscosity of chardonnay. The lush nose sends waves of sweet orange, grapefruit and tangerine with subtle hidden straw and old fashioned rose. More delight is carried in the mouth with ripe summer peaches, jasmine tea and a nice light sweet and dry finish.

Whether you’re a Muscat Suzie or a Muscat Sam or even doing the jitterbug in Muscatland, Risqué is sure you will have fallen into “Muscat Love” with Eagle Eye’s 2005 Muscat Canelli.

Alcohol 11.5% ($22) Natural Cork Closure

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Posted: September 10th, 2008
at 8:58pm by Risqué

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JOLLY RANCHER

Brassfield Family Winery 2006 Rosé of Pinot Noir, High Serenity Ranch, CA

When Risqué first tasted Brassfield’s 2006 Rosé of Pinot Noir he could not help but be reminded of one of his favorite childhood vices where he fervently satisfied his LUSH-like cravings by sucking on Watermelon Jolly Ranchers.

Brassfield 2006 Rose of Pinot NoirThe color is reminiscent of summer ripe watermelon with delightful perfumed aromas of wild strawberry, red delicious apple, Bartlett pear and of course, candied watermelon. Captivating in the mouth are flavors of Watermelon, bright raspberry, subtle cherry and a hint of earthiness all combined with a resonating enjoyable dry acidity and minerality that finishes clean.

Kevin Robinson, Brassfield’s winemaker definitely achieves his goal of producing a wine that “offers intense, ripe fruit characteristics…balanced with perfect acid structure, full-bodied mouth feel and silky tannins”. Risqué enjoyed this libation paired with olives, Marcona almonds, gourmet cheeses and artisanal breads…sublime!

Risqué no longer sucks on Watermelon Jolly Ranchers, although he might admit to a few ranchers here and there. Regardless, Risqué thinks this 2006 Rosé of Pinot Noir is definitely one Jolly Rancher you will definitely want to add to your LUSH -like vices.

Alcohol 14.1% ($20) Natural Cork Closure

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Posted: September 9th, 2008
at 10:06pm by Risqué

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FRENCH DRINKING SONG

Pierre Motin (1567-1637)

“Bacchus we thank who gave us wine
Which warms the blood within our veins;
That nectar is itself divine.
The man who drinks not, yet attains
By godly grace to human rank
Would be an ANGEL if he drank.”

The French have always had it right!

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Posted: September 4th, 2008
at 6:45pm by Risqué

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MATCHING DRAPES AND CARPET… AND IT’S DEFINITELY ALL THE SAME BLOND

Edna Valley Vineyards, Islay Peak 2006 Viognier, Central Coast, CA

Edna Valley Vineyards Islay Peak 2006 Viognier Central Coast CAMore often than not… the nose of a wine (somewhat disappointingly) is not far off from the palate. That is certainly the case with the Islay Peak Viognier; they are almost exact mirror copies. Risqué finds it leaves him wondering where to sit in the room… as if the furniture is the same pattern as the carpet… the walls… and the drapes??? Risqué purchased this liquid directly at the vineyard tasting room… and is fairly certain of the price point, yet this product is unavailable… peuvent les excuses!!!

Acidic nose of almost harsh pineapple, sweet honeysuckle, quince and tart green apple, the mouth is very different than most Viognier… it has significantly more Chardonnay’esq Malolactic mouth fullness, brimming with pineapple, Meyer lemons, summer peaches and soft musk across the mid-palate and into the lightly smoky finish.

Although Risqué makes a point of always assuring his carpet compliment his drapes… he highly recommends avoiding the “matchie-matchie” syndrome…. Variety and diversity are everything one should look forward to in ones delicious life and wine! Risqué recommends you Pass on this one.

Alcohol 14.8% ($15) Composite Cork Closure

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Posted: September 3rd, 2008
at 9:35pm by Risqué

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THERE IS NO PLACE LIKE THE CHILES VALLEY… NO PLACE LIKE…

RustRidge 2005 Estate Chardonnay, Lower Chiles Valley, St. Helena, CA

Risqué always thinks of the Wizard of Oz every time he grabs a bottle of RustRidge Chardonnay. His favorite scene in the movie is where Dorothy stumbles on the Tin Man who is rusted stiff (get your scarecrow brain… out of the gutter)… His only words were “Oil Can” and that is exactly how Risqué feels about RustRidge Chardonnay… This liquid lubrication loosens his wine parched jaw and revives his rusted heart.

RustRidge 2005 Chardonnay Chiles ValleySparkling Light canary yellow dry farmed Estate Chardonnay expresses a bright and intense nose of apricot and fig lightly brushed with butter and a breeze of summer yellow honeysuckle and wet river stones. The mouth is as bright as a Sauvignon Blanc flooded with acidic pineapple, warm toast with tangerine marmalade and woody vanilla notes congregate through the lengthy palate filling finish.

LUSHES follow the Yellow Brick golden Chiles Valley to this Oz Ahhhhs of a Chardonnay… and do it quick so those pesky flying Monkeys don’t get to this little pretty before you! The wizard only bottled 273 cases!!!

Alcohol 14.71% ($30) Natural Cork Closure

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Posted: September 2nd, 2008
at 9:02pm by Risqué

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