Wine Briefs: Freakshow Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Score another for Michael David Winery. As I’m sure you can tell from the previous post, this one was on my radar as well. While on vacation last week in West Virginia, we went to a combination gallery/shop of local artisans’ work and wine shop recommended to us by a local park ranger.

Another gem from the banner 2012 vintage in California, this one had a nose of deep black fruit including plum and currants, and obvious but not overpowering oak. The palate continued the deep black fruit and oak notes, with the addition of tobacco and cigar-box nods as well. Smooth but firm tannins and acidity were there but everything was well-balanced and this could last at least 5 years, if not more.  It was very tasty and went over well with the pulled pork and ribs of our authentic southern feast. Parker gave it 90 points, and I’m on board with that. My family enjoyed it as well, and it didn’t last past dinner, as any good wine shouldn’t.


Wine Briefs: Earthquake Petite Sirah 2012

Now that I have this new briefs section of the site, I will kick it off with by mentioning this great wine.  I’ve been meaning to tell you all for a while how much I enjoyed it. Drinking it was a tasty culmination of much ado among family, friends, and customers about Michael David wines. My dad’s a tough nut to crack when it comes to wine. When I asked what he did like, he said Seven Deadly Zins first. Then I had a customer rave about many of their wines, one of which was this lovely Petite Sirah. Coincidentally my daughter’s boyfriend’s father is a huge wine enthusiast and after I gifted him some favorite wines last Christmas, he shared a bottle of one of his favorites, which just happened to be this wine. Following all this fuss I not only extensively researched this favorite winemaker for my own curiosity’s sake, but also opened the bottle post-haste. Tasty, tasty stuff.  Mostly PS with a bit of Cab in the blend. Lots of black fruit to balance the tannins and ready to drink.  2012 was a great year in California. Will have to pick up more, but this time I will have to pay for it! He has many wines including the enticingly-named “Lust”, “Freakshow”, “Rapture”, “Sloth”, “Rage”, “6th Sense Syrah,” “Petite/Petit”, and of course “7 Deadly Zins”, which is the ‘gateway red,’ to their wines, as my customer put it. Not in any derogatory way whatsoever though. Only that this is the most well known and accesable of the Michael David wines, and a fan would soon find their way to the others.

More info on the this wine here. The ratings are very kind to it as well, but taste and decide for yourself.  It’s about $24.