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The The Big Red Monster 2010, California, has a label that's a triumph of minimalist design. I picked up for about $12 at my local Fresh and Easy.

The label gives no indication, however, of the grapes in it.

Color: Very dark purple-red, almost Petit Sirah dark.
Nose: Closed. Fruit and dusty brick.
First Impression: Very closed. Cherry, black raspberry, some currant. Rough. Short, tart finish, very tannic. Gave me "cat tongue".
Breathing Room: A skoosh smoother, but not much. This wine still thinks it's Cabernet but it's not -- the flavor profile isn't quite right.

Verdict: To be honest, you're going to want to decant this wine for at least an hour before drinking. Only after day two in my fridge did it open up into a big, bombastic red that I think is Petit Sirah, Syrah, and some Zinfandel, on the basis of the black raspberry, huckleberry, black plum, and currant flavors with a nice bit of allspice on the finish. It went really nicely with the pot roast I made for dinner that night.

Episode pairing: 7.09 How To Win Friends and Influence Monsters, an episode that was a parody of American Consumer Culture. But don't take my word for it. See for yourself:

Given that this wine was, in its own way, quite sneaky, it's a good pairing.
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Date:February 4th, 2013 04:52 am (UTC)
It's interesting (to me, anyway) that most traditional wine advice tells you to decant, then drink the wine - and that any longer open more than a day will ruin the wine.

We've very often found the opposite - that open a few days or a week will soften and improve rough reds.
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