RealTime Review: Viu Manent 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon (Billy)
A "RealTime Review" means that I live blog the tasting of this wine. I write as I taste, these are first impressions and initial reactions.
I always like to take an intial taste before letting the wine breathe. The distinctions are often pronounced and make for an interesting tasting experience.
This bottle is about $10
Upon opening: This Cab is a deep blood red and clear.
Bitter Chocolate, anise, and plumb give way to vanilla oak (which takes over) on the nose. There is a complexity in the mouth that makes me go, "huh, is that supposed to be there?". Nice tannins but shallow finish.
Lets hope a little breathing settles this beast down.
After Breathing: That "huh, is that supposed to be there?" taste has migrated to the "bouquet" although it's starting to smell like something my dog dug up in the garden (and not in that winesnobbish "moist earth on the nose" kind of way). If I smelled like this my wife would ask me to shower. This wine's "nose" makes me want to hold mine. Well the complexity in the mouth ("palate" seems too refined a term for what this sluice juice does to me) is gone. It has been replaced by an "organic" flavor, like licking a camp-shower stall that has been wet but unused for the entire summer. It leaves my "palate" like a mouthfull of soggy moldy bread.
The Bottle is the nicest thing about this wine and that's because it can be recycled.
pouring the rest out now and getting a glass of Mountain Dew.