WINE Review Ramsay 2007 North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon

This wine was one I’d tried many years ago and I guess I was just stupid. I didn’t like it. But the palate grows and changes with age and also,I was at a wine/cigar event in League City. Chances are I hadn’t eaten enough and I’d smoked too much because I remember coming home and passing out.

Tried a bottle tonight and picked up deep cherry/berry flavors, a chewy mouth feel, nice tannins, definite structure and something that accompanied chicken and rice stew pretty well. the finish was medium to long, I’m still tasting it now as I finished my last glass ten minutes ago.

For $16, not a bad wine though do check around because a deal can be had if you’re willing to look a little.

We picked it up at Grocery Outlet in Oakland for around $7 a bottle.

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from the website:

Starting in 1989, Kent and Celia launched a second brand, called “Ramsay” – Celia’s maiden name – which was originally intended to focus on some ‘less-than-usual’ varietal wines. But as time passed, the Ramsay brand has taken on an entirely different identity, that of a true ‘second label’. Best known for its high quality, but lower-price, Ramsay Pinot Noir is often poured by the glass in wine bars and restaurants. The Ramsay-brand line also includes a Cabernet Sauvignon, and a Merlot.

I’d love to see next year’s release.

CIGAR REVIEW – Tatuaje Drac

This limited release cigar only comes to a select number of tobacconists in the country and Grants in San Francisco was on their list this year.

The folks at Grants planned a little release party complete with mimosas, beer and those nasty vodka and tomato drinks I can’t understand, along with sample packs (for sale) of various Tatuaje cigars, including the Boris and the Drac.

Dave convinced me to try the Drac and so at $15 a pop, I gave it a whirl. Clipped the torpedo end, looked it over and found nice construction. A dark maduro wrapper with Nicaraguan filler lent a mellow earthiness with a rich flavor I couldn’t place but enjoyed for almost 2 hours over good conversation. The cigar had a slightly tough draw but the flavor profile made up for it. The burn was even, smoke not a lot, but a white.

I followed that up with a Brickhouse, a new cigar released by the JC Newman folks (favorite of mine) that had a Honduran wrapper and a Nicaraguan filler. Pleasant spices completed with a smoothness for those accustomed to JC Newman’s usual brands (Cuesta Rey, Diamond Crown) and a pleasing taste with a lingering finish.

Both cigars complemented each other as one didn’t overpower the other as in the case of smoking a Padron and an ambos mundos (made by the Tatuaje people)

Wine Review: RDLR Mendecino Syrah 2002

While sitting at Occidental in San Francisco, I fired up an Ambos Mundos (made by the same people who make Tatuaje) and had asked Jack for a robust wine to defend against the cold wind.  The wine he and another guy suggested was the RDLR 2002 Syrah.

First off, to get a bottle this old and have it still be drinkable AND at a reasonable price is amazing.  (Buy from WineBuys.com) 750 ml for $16.50 from Wine Buys.com site.

Second, the notes were solid.  Dark Purple in color.  Flowing berry flavors with a light mouthfeel  that suggested softening of the typical California Syrah elements to help create a wine with a medium finish.

The wine might not hold up another few years, but it’s certainly one worth drinking.

Hell, it even help up as a nice followup for the Hoyo De Tradicion and Elmer T Lee bourbon I had just beforehand.