Punk Dog Red Blend Napa Sonoma Sophie's Romp 2002

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My goal was to make a wine that you can enjoy by itself and throughout dinner – think of a long, leisurely evening wi...

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The Wine Spies Say: Mission Codename: Dogs don’t have lips Operative: Agent Spy Dog Objective: Romp with Sophie and discover what makes her wine... Read more

Strawberry and dark stone fruit with touches of vanilla and chocolate notes. Like most cabernet, pairs well with grilled beef, stinky cheeses, oliv... Read more

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Snooth User: Agent Red
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3.00 5
06/26/2008

The Wine Spies Say: Mission Codename: Dogs don’t have lips Operative: Agent Spy Dog Objective: Romp with Sophie and discover what makes her wine so unique Mission Status: Accomplished Current Winery: Punk Dog Wines Wine Subject: 2002 Sophie’s Romp Winemaker: Eric Gordon Backgrounder: Yes, I am a dog. But no ordinary dog; I am Spy Dog and I hang mostly with human Wine Spy agent, Agent White, down here in our Beverly Hills enclave. When Agent White became a Wine Spy, I was quick to follow. Agent White had me smelling wines and when I turned my nose up at certain wines that he also thought stunk, he realized that I would make an excellent Wine Spy myself. And so a perfect partnership began. Soon after, White began taking me on missions to wineries. I let my skills shine through by showing him how much I knew about viticulture, winemaking and vineyard rodents. I mostly helped White select new wines. Mission Report: Recently, our travels took us to Napa, where after a long day of spying new wineries, I caught a unique scent; Another canine. And this one obviously spent time around vines and wines. I gave a sharp tug on my leash and practically dragged Agent White through the downtown, to the corner of First Street and Coombs. There, I spied the object of my search, a happy little brown and white Corgi. I quickly sidled up to her and introduced myself, exchanging obligatory sniffs. Her name was Sophie and sure enough, she was a wine dog. She explained to me that her humans, Eric and Lisa were winemakers, and that I should really meet them – and try the wine that they made. A wine that they named after her! I followed her inside what turned out to be a very lovely wine lounge called Stave. I pulled Agent White along to meet the humans as well. Agent White caught on pretty quick and struck up a conversation with Eric Gordon, the winemaker of Punk Dog Wines and the proprietor of Stave. While White and Eric chatted, I kept talking to Sophie. She was a gregarious pooch and I took a shining to her immediately. Her happy personality was infectious and while I tried to keep the conversation centered on wine, she kept trying to tug my bandana off. Once she actually succeeded and she ran away giggling, trying to get me to chase her. I usually restrict my chasing to squirrels, but I indulged her. After a while, I got tired and flopped down at White’s feet. Sophie kept trying to get me to play, but I was more interested in the wine talk. I overheard Eric telling White that his winemaking style was inspired by Sophie. I saw his point; Winemaking should be fun. Having a dog like Sophie around to remind him that life is fun seems to have translated to his winemaking philosophy. To put this philosophy to the test, Agent White took a few samples away with us and we rendezvoused with Agent Red, our expert on red wines, at our Sonoma County H.Q. for a tasting. What follows are our impression of Punk Dog Wines 2002 Sophie’s Romp: Wine Spies Tasting Profile: As you know, all dogs have highly attuned senses and I pride myself as having better sensitivity than your average woofer. Since this review is for my human friends, I’ll keep my descriptions simple. As you know, I conferred with human agent, Agent Red, on this wine and he concurs with my overall assessment. Look – Rich and super-dark plum with great legs – even if it did have more than four of them! Smell – This wine has a rich nose, with human-detectable aromas (sorry to keep rubbing that in) of super ripe cherry, plum, green peppercorn, oak and the slightest hint of olive. Feel – This wine has an unusual and pleasant ‘cool’ feel in the mouth, with tannins that give a gentle bite all over the mouth. Taste – I think that humans will find this wine especially delicious, especially after decanting for an hour or two. Flavors and character really open up with time and blackberry, dark cherry, plum and earthy tones play on the tongue. Finish – Long-lasting, all over mouth with flavors that hang around for a while before tapering off nicely, reminding you to have another lap, I mean sip. Conclusion – This is a rich and tasty wine that I would recommend to any human drinker. I certainly encourage you to decant this wine. After a few hours of airing it out, it came alive with character and mellowed out considerably. Also, while this wine is ready to drink now, I would suggest that you keep a few bottles in your library for a few years as I think that aging will only make this wine better. Special note to dogs: Since us dogs don’t have lips, we can’t sip and spit like our human friends. This is a high alcohol wine, and while some humans really enjoy that, dogs need to be a little careful not to enjoy too much of this great wine. If you are ever in Napa, stop by. You might just meet Sophie. Oh, yeah, and her humans. Wine Spies Technical Wine Analysis Alcohol: 15.1 Months in Barrel: 33 Varietal: 100% Cabernet, from Sonoma and Napa counties Year: 2002


External Reviews for Punk Dog Red Blend Napa Sonoma Sophie's Romp

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Source: AmericanWinery.com
07/25/2009

Strawberry and dark stone fruit with touches of vanilla and chocolate notes. Like most cabernet, pairs well with grilled beef, stinky cheeses, olives and good company


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32070 Snooth User: Eric G
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4.00 5
08/27/2008

Winemaker's Notes:

My goal was to make a wine that you can enjoy by itself and throughout dinner – think of a long, leisurely evening with friends. The wine had to be big and fruit forward, but also with enough complexity to carry it throughout an entire meal. To achieve this I harvested with two different goals. On the Napa fruit, I picked the grapes in a "classical" Cabernet style, allowing the green flavors to fall out of the fruit while mindful of the Brix levels. This brought out elegant raspberry/ brambleberry fruit as well as balanced acidity. On the Sonoma side I let the fruit develop to maximize its fullest potential. The grapes were allowed to hang for big ripe flavor; bringing dark cherry/plum fruit with a great rustic character. The lots were then aged separately for 33 months in 30% new oak. The wine was bottle aged for 6 months prior to release. I definitely recommend the Romp for decanting. A little aeration opens up its complexity. What I love about this wine is the complexity of the flavors shifting from opening to the end of the bottle. It leads with the rustic feel of the Sonoma fruit, and then the Napa fruit takes center stage in an elegant phase featuring barrel spices. Finally the flavors merge to create very nice raspberry chocolate aromas and soft texture. Take your time with this wine, I encourage pouring a large glass and keep going back to the wine throughout the tasting to pick up the complexity and subtle changes throughout the hour. Please decant and enjoy … and take your fun seriously! 490 cases produced

My goal was to make a wine that you can enjoy by itself and throughout dinner – think of a long, leisurely evening with friends. The wine had to be big and fruit forward, but also with enough complexity to carry it throughout an entire meal. To achieve this I harvested with two different goals. On the Napa fruit, I picked the grapes in a "classical" Cabernet style, allowing the green flavors to fall out of the fruit while mindful of the Brix levels. This brought out elegant raspberry/ brambleberry fruit as well as balanced acidity. On the Sonoma side I let the fruit develop to maximize its fullest potential. The grapes were allowed to hang for big ripe flavor; bringing dark cherry/plum fruit with a great rustic character. The lots were then aged separately for 33 months in 30% new oak. The wine was bottle aged for 6 months prior to release. I definitely recommend the Romp for decanting. A little aeration opens up its complexity. What I love about this wine is the complexity of the flavors shifting from opening to the end of the bottle. It leads with the rustic feel of the Sonoma fruit, and then the Napa fruit takes center stage in an elegant phase featuring barrel spices. Finally the flavors merge to create very nice raspberry chocolate aromas and soft texture. Take your time with this wine, I encourage pouring a large glass and keep going back to the wine throughout the tasting to pick up the complexity and subtle changes throughout the hour. Please decant and enjoy … and take your fun seriously! 490 cases produced

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