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Good evening tongue followers. Brent's tongue is dragging my face, eyes, skull and the rest of the baggage, without warning, over to France. I didn't want to get into France this early in the game but my stupid tongue could not resist telling the folks about this wine. Any time I feel there is a must-buy wine I am going to jump on it before it disappears. My ultimate goal with this blog is to build the readers palette from the ground up if they so choose. If a person tries each wine I review or even a different wine but same varietal they should get a good frame of reference as to what their individual tastes are. Also with a good palette frame of reference, the more complex wines will make a lot more sense. If you were to give a new wine drinker a glass of a good Chateauneuf du Pape there is no way they will enjoy it the way it should be enjoyed. I better get this moving along my tongue is getting anxious. The wine in question is a 2005 Graves pronounced Grahv. Chateau Cabannieux 2005 Graves is a bordeaux from the left bank of the bordeaux region. I am not going to spend a lot of time on the bordeaux classifications, I'll leave that for another time. Chateau Cabannieux is a classified Graves and this one is a 2005 so for the price this makes it a must-have. Just a tip for those who don't know, buy any 2005 bordeaux- everyone loves advise that rhymes? The 2005 bordeaux have been considered to be one of the best vintages in 100 years. I bought Chateau Cabannieux 2005 at Plum Market in Bloomfield Hills for 16.99. Any 2005 bordeaux at that price must be bought especially a classified Graves. I can't imagine this wine being around for too long so buy it up. It's truly exciting. This wine is polar opposite from the last review I did. As far as young palettes are concerned; I would recommend buying the wine and holding on to it for a while. The Graves region of bordeaux is a very gravelly terrain which is where the name graves comes from. This feature really comes through in this wine. The earthiness is the main essence of this Graves. If you're going to drink this I would open it and let it breathe for at least an hour. Structurally speaking this wine is very tight and needs time to open up and blossom, but the wait is sooooo worth it. Once the earthiness hits the palette it starts to unfold into a nice spice and dark berry notes. The tannin structure is fantastic and throughout the tasting hints of tobacco come to the forefront. In five to ten years this wine will be unbelievable. Beware! this wine is not for the lighter bodied, fruity wine drinkers. You will not enjoy this, but if you are feeling adventurous and open to a wine that will make you think; you won't be dissappointed. My tongue gives this a stellar 9 out of 11. My tongue will try to continue building on what I started with my first blog. I'm aiming at starting with the riper juicier wines that are more one-dimensional then moving into the more complex earthier wines. The Chateau Cabannieux is more of a detour that will make a whole lot more sense in the future. And if you're an experienced wine drinker with a palette for the more nuanced wines jump right into this one and leave some for me... son's o' bitches.
Welcome to the debut post of "Where in the World is Brent's Tongue". We will be embarking on a worldwide adventure, tasting wines that my tongue has enjoyed from different parts of the world. I will move from country to country with each post so as not to get stuck in any certain area or style of wine. I am by no means an expert on wine. I only know what I like and after drinking a whole bunch of wine over the years am fairly confident I can recommend a great bottle of wine and give a fair representation of what to expect. As far as my rating and descriptions go, I think for now I will just give my honest reaction to what I'm tasting, then a ranking on the "Brent's Tongue Scale" between 1 and 11 'cause this knob definitely goes to 11. I am not going to spend any time rating wines I don't like, maybe when distributors start sending me free bottles... hint... hint, so my ratings will be at the higher end of the "tongue scale", but hopefully after a few posts one can get a good idea of my tastes and thus your own tastes and be able to always drink a splendid bottle from anywhere around the world. Finally, the wine. For this post my tongue is dragging across the soils of Sonoma County California. I think I got a taste of hippie in my mouth -- gross. We'll be easing into this nice and easy with a decent zinfandel. As far as my own personal take on California wines; they don't excite me particularly. That is not to say there are not thousands of fantastic wines in California or throughout the U.S.; I just have personal difficulty finding California wines that truly interest me so I have to look a little harder. That is why I chose this "Zin" for my first post. My tongue wants to represent all regions of the world fairly regardless of my own personal preferences. I've heard nothing but good things about Scherrer wines and their newest zinfandel peaked my interest. Scherrer's non vintage Zindandoodle is what they're calling it. The wine is a blend of the '06 and '07 vintages, something a little different that's why I was attracted to this "zin". Scherrer Zindandoodle represents zindfandels very well, it has all the great characteristics of a good zinfandel: juicy, bold, a little spicy, ripe with great texture and color. The Scherrer Zinfandoodle may not be the wine drinkers wine, but it would be perfect for pouring at a party where the majority of people are not avid wine enthusiasts. This wine should play well with the masses and great with what I would call party foods and believe it or not would probably cellar well for a few years. One could find Scherrers Zinfandoodle for around $20 on-line or at markets with better wine selections. Brent's tongue gives this a 6 on the 11 point tongue scale. Something simple and easy, not too complicated and should go over well when entertaining.