Friday, February 13, 2009


This past week I have been on a massive tirade push to get our legislators in Kentucky to come to their senses and vote No on the new alcohol tax hike proposed by some of the less-informed politicos down state. Yet I am going to actually spend time on this post with subject matter I normally discuss here at Under The Grape Tree: wine.

So in honor of the recent turn of events here in KY, here's a wine that is an homage to the lawmakers seeking to put me out of a job: The Evil Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 from South Eastern Australia. The Grade: OUTSTANDING. The Mojo: The Evil Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, one of the madcap releases from the stable of R Wines, the brainchild collaboration of Dan Philips (owner, Grateful Palate Imports) and Chris Ringland (superstar winemaker in Australia, Spain and California), is a medium-bodied, fruit-driven Cab full of rich black fruit and spice. It's a fruit bomb that doesn't feel like napalm on the palate, just juicy, baked blackberry and black currant, with hints of rhubarb, mocha, chocolate-covered espresso beans, and cinnamon. Really good stuff for the price (we currently have it for $9.99). A good wine when you want to forget about impending doom, get some Evil tonight!

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