2007 ARROWHEAD MOUNTAIN Zinfandel Sonoma County 15-5
Dishwater and burnt condoms in the men’s bathroom at Home Depot over a sweaty Brut 33 puddle left on a weight-bench. ◊
2011 MONTEMARRIORE Syrah Dry Creek Valley Sonoma County 13-6
Cow manure, Horse manure, Chicken manure, Dog manure, Cat manure, fly on the windscreen and the bucket the squeege comes out of wrapped in a fire-cracker jalapeno tannin-bomb with a burnt-fruit bow on top. Like drinking straight pink grapefruit juice. Easily the most promising wine on this page. Just a cold-climate SY gone awry. ◊ EDIT: Left open purposely overnight in hopes of a miraculous re-alignment of priorities. No change.
2013 SEMPRE VIVE Red Blend Blue Heron Vineyard Napa Valley 14-5
If you can get past the color, we have an EXTREMELY amateur effort of KMBS and gunpowder over moldy shower curtain and Corbett Canyon yon yon yon yon yon fruit. I made this exact wine in 1999. It was a Carignane, but I made this wine in a 5g carboy. I can still taste it. No herons were harmed in making this wine. Nor were any label-designers consulted. ◊
2011 TRALUNA Toscana IGT 12-5
Imagine a broccoli plant peeing on a banana-caramel snow-cone. That’s this wine. I’ve seen Paso rosé darker than this wine No indication of variety. ◊