Masút Pinot Noir 2012

by Nannette Eaton on April 18, 2014

“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” ― John Muir

 Masút Pinot Noir 2012
Masút is a tribal word for “rich, dark earth.”  The inaugural vintage of Masút from brothers Ben and Jake Fetzer is like being enveloped in a rain forest. It’s rich dark cherries wrapped by dusky earthiness — elegant and primal simultaneously. It was lovely on day one, with the fruit being very pronounced. Day two was amazing, the cherries took a step back and the moss, bark and dirt took front stage. Transcendent. A glass of serious awesome.

Fish is a great pairing for pinot noir. Wine Harlots default for pinot is always salmon, but today we are branching out (a little bit, anyway) with Trout in Sorrel Sauce. The music match is “Dirty Rain” from Ryan Adams from the album Ashes and Fire.

The details: 13.9% alcohol. Cork closure. Appellation: Mendocino. Grapes: pinot noir. Retail: $40 USD available directly from Masút Vineyard and Winery. The wine was provided as a complementary media sample for editorial consideration. The wine glass is the stemless Riedel O Wine Tumbler in the Pinot/Nebbiolo shape purchased at BevMo! $30 USD for a pair.

Photo credit: EatonAlive ©2014

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Jean-Luc Colombo Cape Bleue Rosé 2013

by Nannette Eaton on April 17, 2014

“Drinking wine was not a snobbism nor a sign of sophistication nor a cult; it was as natural as eating and to me as necessary.” ― Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

 Jean Luc Colombo Cape Bleue Rosé 2013
Don’t get caught up in the chase for the shiny new cult wines. The hunt for the “best” is an fruitless quest; Ego Wines won’t love you tomorrow, and your bank account will be empty. Instead, go for easy-drinking casual elegance. Wine Harlots love the French Jean-Luc Colombo Cape Bleue Rosé as an everyday table wine. Fresh, fun and food-friendly, this wine is affordable and delicious.

Jean-Luc Colombo Cape Bleue Rosé has subtle notes of strawberries and works will with light summer cuisine. We paired it with second-day Shrimp & Vegetables, for a quick, casual lunch. The music match is any of the Buddha Bar soundtracks.

The details: 12.5% alcohol. Cork closure. Appellation: Méditerranee. Grapes: syrah 67%, mourvèdre 33%. Retail price: $9-12 USD. Imported by Palm Bay International. The wine was provided by the importer as a promotional sample for editorial consideration.

Photo credit: EatonAlive ©2014

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King Rabbit Malbec 2012

by Nannette Eaton on April 16, 2014

“Once in a while it happens that I vomit up a bunny.” ― Julio Cortázar

 King Rabbit Malbec 2012

Well, it does happen on occasion to the best of us. If you have a hare caught in your throat, Wine Harlots suggest washing it down with a bottle of King Rabbit Malbec. King Rabbit hails from France, and isn’t fruit-forward like malbec’s from the Southern Hemisphere. Rather, King Rabbit is a bit austere, with dusky plums, earth and grippy tannins. If you can give this an hour or two of air, the flavors are more pronounced.

This wine pairs well with hot and spicy flavors, try it with the Spice-Rub Rack of Lamb with Arugula, Avocado & Blood Orange Salad. The music match is “Red Rabbits” from The Shins from the album Wincing the Night Away. The evocative bunny label was created by the artist Gildas Coudrais.

The details: 13% alcohol. Screw-cap closure. Appellation: Pays d’Oc. Grape: malbec. The wine was purchased at the Encinitas Whole Foods for $10 USD and is a Whole Foods exclusive, imported by Kiwi Distributing. The wine glass styled in the photo is the Riedel O Wine Tumbler in the Pinot/Nebbiolo varietal specific shape purchased at BevMo! for $30 USD for a pair.

Photo credit: EatonAlive ©2014

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Acquiesce Belle Blanc 2012

by Nannette Eaton on April 15, 2014

“There came a time when these two incompatible notions of who I was, well, something had to give. Either that ‘something’ is where you acquiesce to the world around you and you conform, or you sort of defiantly break whatever remaining bonds connect you to that world and create for yourself a different set of values.” — Sean Parker

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Go along to get along really isn’t the Wine Harlots ethos. We are more stand and fight kind of people. But the team at Acquiesce are making us reconsider our position. Acquiesce’s philosophy is to bend to the will of the grapes, and to nature. By acquiescing, they create a dreamy, ethereal wine in the Acquiesce Belle Blanc. The nose on the wine is so lovely, you are not sure if you should wear it or drink it. The flavors are green apple and peaches with honey and a cleaning kiss of citrus on the finish.

The perfect pairing? Try a Grilled Peach, Goat Cheese & Arugula Salad. The music match is “Surrender” from Fisher’s the Lovely Years.

The details: Alcohol 13.5%. Cork closure. Appellation: Mokelumne River, Lodi. Grapes: grenache blanc 60%, roussane 30%, viognier 10%. Retail: $24 USD available directly from the winery. The 2012 has sold out, the 2013 is soon to be released. The wine was provided by the winery as a media sample for editorial consideration.

Photo credit: EatonAlive ©2014

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