Early Contenders, Worst Wines of ’09
Overheard while at a wine bar, San Jose
“What is the name for the sharp smell in vomit?”
“That’s right, bile. This wine smells like bile.”
And so it went last night while out with my wife last night, trying to enjoy the unseasonably warm weather San Jose is experiencing. San Jose, if you weren’t already aware, is boring, a strange combination of suburbs and business parks that somehow came together to form a collosal city that is essentially soulless. despite the massive influx of cultures from around the world, San Jose is, and will probably stay, a transitive business city detached from its residents.
So what does this have to do with wine? Well for starters I have yet to find a decent place to sit and have a glass of wine that is more interesting than off the shelf bev-mo plonk. Last night was perhaps the period on the sentence that we should just keep going out of town for our wines.
2007 Valminor Albariño, Rias Biaxas Spain: The aforementioned bile wine. Over perfumed, hot and bitter on the finish, with a subtle hint of, you guessed it, bile. Truly awful stuff. this varietal is fast joining viognier as a stay the hell away from wine.
2007 Puerta Bonita Grenache, Madrid Spain: Hot, grapey, and oaked, tastes like gravel soaked in concord grape jelly. Strong pepper back notes. No finish, and generally flabby. Terrible.
2004 Celler Piñol, L’Avi Aruffi Blend. Cabernet Sauvignon, Garnacha, Merlot, Syrah, Tempranillo. Terra Alta, Spain. Liquified blueberry and blackberry jam, no structure to speak of, really hot alcohol. Had a hint of candy corn and the spicy Mexican candy one buys in Tijuana. Amazingly the least offensive of the lot.