2011 Bodega Pirineos Montesierra

So, as you may remember a little while back, I had discovered that not all wines grow wiser with age, and a good number of my bottles were starting to get a little long in the tooth.  I was trying to get through my overripe collection of mindless wine purchases, and I must confess it wasn’t that bad, but there was nothing memorable either.  And let’s face it, we don’t drink wine to get our tongue’s wet!  So in the midst of it all I treated myself to a fresh bottle of wine.  The 2011 Bodega Pirineos Montesierra, to be precise.

The Montesierra is a Cabernet Sauvignon/Tempranillo from Somontano, Spain, and it continues to reinforce my feelings about Spain supplying the world with many of the greatest wine values.  The 2011 Montesierra is a completely unpretentious red wine, but for the price $11 it is exceptional.  At first I expected a medium-to-thin tart red.  BUT NOOOOOOO…I was so wrong.

I opened the bottle with no breathing…not me, the wine!  I poured a glass and was greeted with rich, dark color, the aromas of plums, blackberry, delicate notes of spice, and just lots of really clean, fresh, ripe fruit.  The flavors completely followed suit.  Usually with “bargain” wines either the aromas will be nice, but with no flavor, or vice-versa.  Not here.  The Tempranillo in the Montesierra adds a lively cherry component, while the Cabernet donates the dark fruit qualities.

This wine appears to be made in a very modern style that promotes up-front clean fruit, mouth filling flavors, and leaves a satisfying, refreshing feeling on the palate.  This is not a light red.  It will stand up to all sorts of foods, such as grilled meats, sausages, pork roasts, game meats, stews, and pasta dishes.  Not all wines do this, but this bottle speaks for itself.  It doesn’t hide any of its qualities, and honestly, I found no flaws.  It is not a wine to age for the next 3 years, but rather a wine to drink right away, so I allowed it to age overnight and enjoyed every drop the next day.

Somontano is a wine region in Aragon, which is in Northern Spain.  The name Somontano means ‘under the mountains’, which is an apt description as the region sits in the foothills of the central Pyrenees Mountains.  This lush, green, hilly region lies less than 35 miles (60km) from France. After lobbying hard for a number of years, the local producers were rewarded with DO status in 1984.  Somontano has since become a significant force in the Spanish wine industry, offering a wide range of wine styles and types.

“Life is too short, and I’ve become too Italian, I’d rather drink wine and eat pasta, than have a 38 inch waist.”

Doohickey

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Doohickey

I have a confession to make: I sometimes drink wine just for the fun of it.  Shocking I know, but with all the BS that sometimes…okay, most of the  time goes with wine, we forget that wine is fun!

Doohickey makes having fun with wine easy.  The very definition of  a Doohickey is, “an object or device whose name you do not know or have forgotten.”  The hook with this wine is they do not tell you the grapes used in making the wine.  All you know is it’s made with “mystery” premium California red grapes.

This wine pours plum-purple.  Point blank, it’s beautiful.  Doohickey has an inviting nose of dark berries and chocolate.  The taste is a smile-inducing flavor of blackberries.  Red blends are all the rage now and this is a very tasty entrant in that clofuded category.

What do I think this wine is?  Well, I love playing the great mouse  detective so here’s my call.  I believe the Doohickey is a Rhone Blend; Syrah, Grenache, and Mouredre.  I’ve definitely discovered the winery and it fits so well, Incognito Wines in Geyserville, CA.  Who’s Incognito?  They are part of Michael David Winery, who markets such well known wines as 7 Deadly Zins, Freakshow, and Earthquake.  The Phillips family has been making wine in the Lodi area of California since the 1850’s.  I suspect that the winemaker is either Derek Devries or Jeff Farthing.  

So what you have here is a obscure wine which tastes great.  Made by an award-winning winery, captained by a very good winemaker, Doohickey can be summed up as an extremely good wine and nothing but fun for a wine drinker.

Sometimes the seriousness of life, the pressures of our day-to-day activities and our nature to over analyse everything brings us to a serendipitous occasion, where a cigar is just a cigar and a glass of wine is just liquid sunshine in a glass.  Somethings are to be experienced in the NOW of life, enjoyed to its fullest and recognized that just for this very short period of time, all is well in the universe and we have every right to be here, happy.

A Doohickey can do that for you!