October 15, 2018 by PWM
2008 QUINTA SEARA D'ORDENS
RESERVA RED DOURO, PORTUGAL
$19.95 BTL./$102.00 6-PACK
João Leite Moreira & his two sons are the fourth generation stewards of this historic estate situated in the heart of Douro country. They are dedicated to eco-friendly agriculture (which really is the norm in the Douro, you'd do the same if you lived there, it's GORGEOUS!) and balancing new advances in wine production with the long tradition of their famous zone.
The wines from this estate are made in extremely small quantities and are rarely seen outside of a 100 mile radius of the quinta. The current vintage is the 2015, but after visiting the estate and tasting a vertical from 2005-2015 I fell in love with the 2008. An exceptional year in the Douro & at a decade under its belt this wine is hitting on all cylinders.
The 2008 Quinta Seara Reserva), the flagship wine, is an old vines (planted at the end of the 19th Century) field blend aged for 12 months in new French oak. Although a field blend, I'm told that Tinta Roriz and Tinta Barroca predominate. Full bodied and gripping, this nonetheless has fine balance. A powerful wine that needed the time in the bottle. Sometimes surprisingly sexy, it is a wine with a lot of upside that simply coats the palate. Tasted again the next day, this was even better. It put on weight, showed even better balance and pulled in some oak. On the third day, it was better still. It seems quite brilliant. If it's not my favorite Douro red--it may well be--it is certainly going on the short list of contenders for Best of I have ever had! LIMITED!!
October 14, 2018 by PWM
STB RED MERITAGE
CALIFORNIA ZOMBIE PROTECTOR!
PORTLAND-A zombie-preparedness study, commissioned by Portland Mayor Kate Brown and leaked to us this Halloween, indicates that the city could easily succumb to a devastating Zombie attack. Insufficient emergency management-personnel training and poorly conceived undead-defense measures have left the city at great risk for all-out destruction at the hands of the living dead, according to the Zombie Preparedness Institute.
“When it comes to defending ourselves against an army of reanimated human corpses, the officials in charge have fallen asleep at the wheel,” Adams said.
Federal Undead Management Agency spokesperson Dr. Sandy Bauer downplayed the ZPI report, arguing that zombies move slowly and can be easily overpowered. Bauer advises citizens to look over their shoulders frequently, adding that a large shopping mall can serve as a “long term, even fun” refuge from zombies.
Such assertions alarm zombiologist Spennie Olson, who calls FUMA’s information “hopelessly outdated.”
Added Olson: “That FUMA trains its agents to shoot the zombies when Red wine from Chile works just as well, demonstrates just how out of touch the government is.”
Olson, son of a Portland Wine Dispensary owner recommends that Portland residents prepare a “go-bag” containing at least a case of these California beauties. The STB Meritage is a richly flavored red (Cabernet, Merlot & Syrah) that is chock full of black raspberry, ripe plum & cassis, that goes down smooth & mellow & the Chardonnay is the essence of ripe apples, peaches & a trip to the tropics. And just in case you might throw in a Glock 17 and 50 rounds of ammunition. If leaving the house is not an option, Olson advises residents to barricade all first-story doors and windows & call us 503.234.4399 & we will deliver!