DRINKS/ Local Joints

Marisol at the Cliffs and Vino delish

As you know by now hubby posted on the exquisite meal we had with friends last night at Marisol located at the Cliffs hotel and resort in Shell Beach. He briefly mentioned the mushroom soup which was tasty with a dollop of creme fraiche and truffle oil drops. Since we shared everything else I’ll just touch on the soup. It was a bit on the bland side to be honest, but when you scooped up a bit of the oil and the creme fraiche on the spoon it gave it a nice touch. When I ordered it I expected it to be cream based but in actuality it wasn’t.

But enough about that, let’s get to the WINE!!! We started out with a split of 2010 J. Lohr Seven Oaks Cab. The first bottle was corked so they brought us a new one. Our server was terrific and really seemed to know his stuff. He could tell by the feel that the cork was off and it was a bit spongy to the touch. He immediately dumped it and brought a new bottle which was as it should be. According to the website the dominant fruit comes from the estate vineyards and is 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 4% Petite Sirah,  1% Syrah, 1% Cabernet Franc, 1% Malbec. Even though it has several varietals and isn’t 100% cab they can call it Cabernet Sauvignon because it’s over 75% cab. So essentially it barely squeaks by. In any case this is not a big juicy cab it’s a bit lighter than one would expect but rounded out quite nicely. It was fairly balanced on the palette with a bit of acid but nothing overly noticeable. I picked up black fruits with a hint of vanilla but didn’t pay too close attention to all the intricacies because I was enjoying the drink-ability more than anything else and since it was a split, split 4 ways there wasn’t much to focus on. Besides I was busy scarfing down some Mt Tam and quince paste on a crostini! lol

2009 Chronic Cellars' Sofa King Bueno a casually enjoyable wine

Next came the 2009 Sofa King Bueno from Chronic Cellars, we ended up drinking 2 bottles of that! Now THIS is a fun wine. Nothing too pretentious here and it really makes good fun of itself. Just say the words “Sofa King” Bueno out loud quickly and you’ll know what I mean, how they got it by the ABC labeling is still a mystery! Nonetheless the wine is one I really enjoy, another easy drinking but fruit forward wine with personality right out of the bottle I mean just get a load of the blend 25% Syrah 20% Petite Sirah 18% Mourvedre 16% Zinfandel 15% Grenache 5% Tempranillo 1% Tannat, it’s everything but the kitchen sink. It leaves a nice light inkiness in the glass mostly due I think, to the Petite Sirah. This is another wine with some black fruitiness which kind of gently washes over the tongue. There was a hint of spice to it but I’d attribute that to more of a white pepper than a black pepper (personally I’m not a black pepper fan at all). It isn’t a big fruit bomb of a wine as I mentioned earlier, it’s pretty easy drinking right out of the bottle but when it’s had some time to open up it really is lovely.

“I cook with wine; sometimes I even add it to the food.” W.C. Fields


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    April 7, 2012 at 8:32 am

    That Sofa King Bueno is really a good wine. Not too big, not too wimpy. Great with pretty much any dinner, and a conversation piece to boot!

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    Patrick McGowen
    April 8, 2012 at 1:28 am

    I have to agree that when I have tasted other Chronic Cellar wines they have been very acceptable. Keep up the good work. I know someone has to do it!

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