Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Winey Tasting Notes: The Naughty Wine Names Series: promisQuous Red

There are quite a few wine bottles out there with some very naughty little names on them. Some of them have a double meaning, some are just meant to make us blush. Either way, it's kind of fun to announce their names at the dinner party and see all the different reactions. Hence the first review in my Naughty Wine Names series: promisQous Red.

I can only assume the promiscuity comes from the fact that this is pretty much a four way: promisQuous Red is a blend of Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. They are all California wines, with 42% coming from Lodi, which, according to the promisQuous web site, is "the next new hot appellation" (you can take that for what it's worth, I just like that it makes me sound really, really wine smart). I came across this wine because it's included in Heinen's (my favorite gourmet grocery store here in Cleveland) Bin 75. That means that, in their well tasted opinion, this is one of the best 75 wines under $10. As usual, they are right.

The wine is a lovely clear red color. My nose went right for the cherries - the juicy back kind. The cherries continued on in my mouth and rounded the bend for a nice long, just-a-bit-peppery finish. The words that come to mind are round, luscious and full bodied.  I would even go so far as to suggest this wine for those of my challenged pals who "only drink white". A great place to start on their travels through the red world.

This is a keeper and a repeat buy in my winey little book. I think the promisQuous web site said it well: "When you’re in a red wine mood and want to drink a red wine that’s not so ridiculously serious."

Just a little promiscuous...and I'm okay with that!

Up next in the naughty names series: I'll be inviting you to a menage a trois!


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