Friday, July 11, 2008

Doing Time

“We need to write a wine review,” I told Sue.

“What do we have?” she asked.

“We have Red Truck, but we reviewed it already. And we have this,” I said, holding up a bottle of 2004 Big House Red, a California blend of Carignane, Sangiovese and Charbono.

I grabbed two glasses and the corkscrew from the kitchen gadget drawer. Then I noticed something.

“I’m not so sure I want to review this one,” I said.

“Why?” she asked.

“This is why.” And I unscrewed the cap.

“A lot of good wines are going to screw tops now,” she told me.

I’m still not sure if that’s true or she was making something up as she sometimes does. But you couldn’t prove it with this bottle of wine.

Neither of us liked it.

According to the website, Big House Red has “lush tannins” and is “criminally rich—a riot of blackberry, raspberry & black pepper.” Hardy har har.

I got the tannins. I think I got the blackberry and raspberry. I even got the black pepper—in the bottom of my glass. I usually like dark heavy reds, but this one was just off. Sue liked it even less.

Wine Enthusiast and Wine Spectator both supposedly liked it. Maybe it just wasn’t our thing. Anybody else ever done time with Big House?


Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah said...

I share your discomfort with screw tops, but I have had some excellent wines that come this way (see Jip Jip Rocks Shiraz).

I also don't like wine that doesn't specify a varietal but it just "red". (and yes I understand it costs money to use the word meritage but it makes me feel better, okay?)

And no, I don't like Big House Red either.

Wow. Sorry I'm such a downer. I was really just trying to say that I agree with you.

Mrs Big Dubya said...

think it could have just been a bad bottle?

Kaz said...

I'd write it off as a bad bottle, too, but it was a screw-top, so you can't blame a bad cork.

I used to wrinkle my nose at screwtops, as well, but, like you said, many wineries are starting to use them, because they are much more reliable than corks.

Mike said...

Obviously wine is a subjective opinion concerning taste. I like Big House as an everyday red. Not an expensive, drink with a good meal wine, but one to enjoy on the patio after a meal with maybe a cigar...