Wine Review – Bonny Doon 2015 Pinot Meunier

As a gift to myself, I decided to join the D.E.W.N. club from Bonny Doon Vineyards.  As a member of the Distinctive, Esoteric Wine Network, I’m paying for shipments of four bottles quarterly.

img_3909This shipment arrived and last night’s meal was lamb burgers.  The recipe I used was a variation I have to rework a touch, too much spice and not enough savory, but the lamb flavor came through in spades so that’s good.

The newsletter goes on to talk about having planted Pinot Meunier and giving it a go after revisiting the idea and memories of tasting a wine from Domaine Chandon (who know a thing or two about wine) made of 100% Pinot Meunier.

Point is, the wine itself has the following statistics:

Bonny Doon 2015 Pinot Meunier
Bonny Doon 2015 Pinot Meunier

Varietal: 100% Pinot Meunier
Vineyard: Yont Mill
Appellation: Yontville
ABV: 14%

Now the juice.

A quick swirl in the glass gave me bright cherry flavors.  The taste itself was more or less like sour cherry, with some candied fruit on the palate.  Light tobacco and a hint of charred oak made me fairly happy.  The finish was medium, more light-medium than anything.

According to their newsletter, the wine is drinkable now, but could benefit from 6-8 years of ageing.

Maíson Rouge VSOP cognac 

I’ve been on a bourbon/scotch kick since restarting this blog but one of my earliest loves was cognac.  The pure taste of something from a specialized region of France speaks to a part of me that is, essentially snobbish.  maisin-rouge-cognac

Eh, I digress.  It’s cognac.  The trouble that spirit has gotten me into…

I saw a bottle for about $21 and change at the local package store near me  (Hal’s Beer and Wine) and thought I’d give it a try.  It was, after all, a VSOP.  Usually those go for a lot more if you want one of the top houses like Hennessey or Remy Martin

This cognac starts off with lots of oak on the nose. Deep amber color in the glass. A lot more oak than expected. But there was a ton of wood, very faint floral notes and a hint of vanilla on the back end of this medium bodied cognac.

Much like most of what I’m drinking in liquor presently, it could benefit from a whiskey rock or two, opening up more of the flavor but it’s late and I only needed a sip or two before bed.

Olivia cigar event at Highland Cigar Company

Oliva display at Highland Cigar Company
Oliva display at Highland Cigar Company

I arrived a little early to scope things out and see what deals were going on. Loving the V and Melanio as a rule, I couldn’t wait to try the master blend I was gifted.

Starting off with a spicy Nub Habano, the flavors are medium and the spice light on the 460. I was stoked to try these when they came out years ago and they are still good now.

There was a large crowd and, a lot of sportsball going on.  I ended up following the Nub Habano up with the Melanio V churchill, because the flavors melded well together with the beer I had that night.

Cigar Review: PROPIO Léon by ACC Cigars

This is a fun review, because I did it in three parts in a video!  This is another release from ACC Cigars – you remember my interviews with Max Myers.

Part Two:

And Part III:

This honestly is, as much as I hate to betray my beloved Platinum (he already got me to betray it with the Tres Maduro haha) at LEAST up there as a favorite of mine.

For other reviews:
Don Cervantes Masterpiece Platinum

Don Cervantes Tres Maduro

Don Cervantes Masterpiece Gold

More about ACC Cigars

Cigar review – Island Jom from Rodrigo Cigars

Interesting concept from Rodrigo Cigars, the folks who brought us LEAF by Oscar and the Cinco Maduro.

Island Jim cigar – pre light draw – raisins, dark fruit, maybe plums?

Shag floor, Maduro cap already cut. Really intense leather notes mixed with Maduro sweetness start the cigar off. Grassy, almost intense hay. 

Potent leather notes pick up still on the first third. 

Mint? Consistent all the way through.  

Boutique Blends G5 by Rodrigo Cigars

Hola Amigos!

That’s how George Rodrigo, head Amigo at Rodrigo cigars greets his customers.  And I’ve gotta say, I’m glad to be an amigo here.

Rodrigo G5Rodrigo 5X56
The prelight draw coated my mouth with chocolate raisin flavored air.  I suspected this new blend was going to be interesting.  So far, only a few cigars have I had, gave raisin notes – more  likely were dark fruits.
The initial draw is good. Cigar is a little harder than I expected but presentation has no major veins or flaws. Sweet but pronounced wood flavors start the palate off along with almost milk chocolate?
The construction is solid with a mostly even burn.  The line had to be corrected once but after that, it burned well.    The first third showed strong white pepper but that dissipated as the cigar burned down to the second third.
The final third, that’s where that red chili pepper taste emerged, a smokiness that was not boring.