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Tongue Twister(ed)

September 22, 2008

*Disclaimer: I received this bottle as a sample from Twisted Oak Winery

Arr me mateys! A little late, but in honor of National Talk Like a Pirate Day (this past Friday) we drank this terrifying looking bottle of wine. The wine is the 2006 Twisted Oak River of Skulls. It's a special allocation only wine available only from Twisted Oak, made of 90% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah. It had a real cork closure, clocked in at 14.9% alcohol by volume, and is running about $29 in the allocation notice I got for being a Twisted Few member, but I'm not sure what it will cost if any is made available to non-Twisted Few members.....

My first thought on sniffing the wine, after sorting through individual aromas, popped into my head as: this smells like blackberries wrapped in leather grilled with baking spice then dusted with star anise. Individually I found blackberries, spice, black cherry, vanilla, earth, baking spice, fresh herbs, plums, tobacco, and something slightly meaty.

In the mouth, I got blackberry, black cherry, black currants, spice, plums, and star anise. The mouth came through as fruitier than the nose (or literally in the nose, as I accidentally put my nose a little too far into the glass and got a snootful!). The fruit showed as tart, like a blackberry plum crumble (I'm sure there isn't such a thing, I'm clearly just making stuff up at this point) with just the slightest hint of sweetness.

Overall, I thought the wine had the tannins to show it through years to come and I will definitely be sitting (figuratively folks!) on my second bottle for a few years to see how this develops. Skulls is dark and brooding and would love to be paired with your next pig roast.


  1. Dan Leone said...

    Never mind the informative review of the wine, how awesome is it that you admitted to sticking your nose into the wine! I have done that way too many times...but don't tell anyone, k?

    9/22/08, 7:22 AM  

  2. Cookie said...

    What a great bottle for Halloween! :)

    And where in the world did you get your cool wine glass?

    9/22/08, 3:51 PM  

  3. atomicvelvetsigh said...

    thats a totally cool wine glass indeed! gee i can only imagine absinthe with that kinda logo! haha.. deadly.. 8)

    9/23/08, 6:45 AM  

  4. Leslie Johnson said...

    I love the bottle!

    9/23/08, 6:35 PM  

  5. Leslie Johnson said...

    Thanks for the tip on this. Im on the list!

    9/26/08, 9:28 PM  

  6. robb said...

    We went to the Twisted Oak Winery in August and loved it.

    9/27/08, 1:03 PM  

  7. Sonadora said...

    I haven't got much shame Dan!

    Cookie, the glass are left over from a college formal dance, as a favor!

    Thanks for the comment Atomic!

    Great Leslie, it's a good one!

    Robb, I'm headed out there for the first time in October, can't wait!

    9/28/08, 1:07 PM  

  8. Dale Cruse said...

    Sonadora, I finally published my review of this wine at:

    10/25/08, 9:13 PM  

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