NGW: Alexander Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2009   2 comments

In life, we rarely get second chances. 

Unless your name is Chris Brown.  Hearing about his apparent reunion with Rihanna recently, I was a little taken aback. 

I mean, as talented as you are, and that talent is in my opinion, undeniable, there are just some things you don’t do to any woman, let alone the woman you “love”, Dude.  

Now I’m not gonna show you pictures of Rihanna with a busted face.  You can look those up yourself.  Girl, what were you thinking?!  Rhetorical question.

And despite the steamy sensuality of their current collaborative hit, Birthday Cake, these two just don’t give me that Happily Ever After good time feeling.  It’s a bit like watching an impending train wreck.   Your know it won’t end well, but you can’t avert your eyes, can you?  

They say you’re a new man, CB.  Like I said, we don’t get many second chances in life.  When you get one, you hold it as you might a precious crystal.  It’s that fragile.  So, Man Up!

Any-whoo… on that uplifting note, and in a bit of a non sequitur, here is today’s NGW from California’s Alexander Valley. 

Nestled between Dry Creek Valley and Knights Valley, Alexander Valley produces some interesting wines that are worth exploring from well-known producers such as Jordan, Francis Ford Coppola and Clos du Bois and some perhaps less well-known but worth exploring, such as Seghesio and the eponymous Alexander Valley Vineyards:

Alexander Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2009Alexander Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 ($15).   I was prepared to like this from the get go.  And on first tasting, I liked it.  But then, borrowing an ironic line from Chris Brown’s break-up song, Deuces, “Like Tina did to Ike in the back of the limo, it finally hit me.”  Black cherries on the nose carry to the palate and mix with herbs.  But the fruit seems a little underdeveloped.  With soft tannins and a short finish, the flavor seems to fall off a cliff.  Rated **

My boy in the photo at the top of this page doesn’t have a guilty bone in his body.  Neither should you.  No-Guilt Wednesday (NGW) is not about compromising on quality.  It’s all about drinking good wine that does not break the bank ($15 or less), eating good food and of course, it’s about sharing with the ones you love.

Posted April 17, 2012 by Sybarite Sauvage in No-Guilt Wednesday

2 responses to “NGW: Alexander Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

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  1. I thought I was reading PEOPLE mag. this morning when there it was :WINE! Now I’m only joining in the fun “dude”.
    Alexander Valley keeps popping up, and your wine choice reminded me that Laurie Hook Winemaker had recommended to me Alexander Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon as a good inexpensive wine that was not a Beringer. So, you seem to have hit upon not only the AVA, but the winery too; good going.
    some photos of Laurie might be in order?..

    • True, I am a Democrat when it comes to my tastes in wine and music. Combine that with a Mind that makes funny connections late at night and early in the morning. And Presto!

      Still, the posting does smack of People Mag, doesn’t it? But let’s face up to it, D, even you can’t take your eyes off these two people. ‘Fess up, you know I speak the truth…
      For me, it’s very much like watching a modern day opera unfolding before us in the same way that the Sid and Nancy saga did so many years ago. (Yeah, I dug Punk, too).

      Hopefully this tale will end better than that earlier one did.

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