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The 2006 Merkin Vineyard Chupacabra is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. The color reflects these grapes; it is deep red with a hint of vio... Read more
Very tasty and very delightful on the tongue! Read more
I waited along time before I finally got to try this wine. It was everything I had hoped it would be. Being a big Maynard fan, I expected the wine ... Read more
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The 2006 Merkin Vineyard Chupacabra is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. The color reflects these grapes; it is deep red with a hint of violet at the rim. Though it is a bit restrained in the nose, the wine comes alive in the mouth. It is peppery and spicy, with tobacco and ripe black cherry that borders on cough syrup. Despite persistent tannins and strong acidity, the overwhelming sensation is the alcohol. This wine is hot. The finish is long with lingering currants. The first time I tried this wine was with friends, guessing at the varietals that dominate the wine. I really liked it and it left a lasting impression of a wine that was big and tannic and juicy and pleasurable. The second bottle from the 2006 vintage, which I opened to write these tasting notes, left me rethinking those impressions. I want to love this wine. But I don’t. I do like it and I feel truly hopeful that Eric Glomski and Maynard James Keenan’s winemaking skills will continue to evolve. That said, I look forward to discovering the 2007 vintage of Chupacabra. See more at winedinewith.us
Very tasty and very delightful on the tongue!
I waited along time before I finally got to try this wine. It was everything I had hoped it would be. Being a big Maynard fan, I expected the wine to be like his music... bold. And I was not dissapointed. Way to go!
I've purchased two different bottles of the Chupacabra so far and as others have stated, this is truly a wine that is different with each bottle. A shapeshifter, if you will. Best served with a meal after decanting. Not bad for the price, but I can think of other wines I might choose that are in the same price range.
I am very interested in try any wines from Caduceus Cellars but can't seem to find how to get some into Canada. I am more than happy to pay for shipping.... if anyone is so willing, please email me: email@example.com
It is largely a cabernet franc/cabernet sauvignon blend with a little syrah and sangiovese thrown in for good measure. We found it was an absolute must to decant this wine. Even after an hour open, there was still a lot of alcohol on the nose, and the fruit was extremely tight. After a good deal of swirling and decanting, the nose of violets and smoke start to emerge more strongly. Powerful dark fruit flavors and licorice lead to layers of smoke and balanced tannins on the finish. As a food pairing, I went with porterhouse. Divine. The wine brought out the flavors in the meat and the fruit in the wine ahead of any lingering fatty taste from the steak. We saved a little for chocolate and sipping, and the flavors continued to balance and marry. The Sweet Partner in Crime summed it up: "It's seductive. It's really fruity, but not an overwhelming fruit bomb. It's big and tannic, but that doesn't detract from the fruit or dry you out. It's not like anything jumps out at you. The whole flavor just draws you in." http://www.thenakedvine.net/2009/07/arizona-stronghold.html
First of all, receiving this wine and meeting Maynard and his bud in the wine biz was an absolute pleasure. The amateur wine makers have gotten off to a great start. I disagree with a 5 glass rating though. Even after a day of aeration. I found this wine to go better with a meal (red sauce pasta) rather than on it's own.
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