Chateau Bouscasse 2014
What do you do when you pass by a bottle of wine in a store that has a 94 point sticker from the Wine Enthusiast and is $20? You buy it and drink it of course! Chateau Bouscasse is from Madiran (France) and is mostly Tannat with some Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. This full-bodied wine was really pretty in the glass with its dark red ruby color. Medium intensity with notes of blackberry, oak, licorice and plum. A dry wine of course which was well balanced with the tannins and acidity. The finish was medium. When we first opened it up it was nice but not ready to drink, you must decant this wine for at least an hour. Once it opened up it proved to be a really nice wine that paired well with our steak, but even better with our cheese and grape desert plate. I believe this wine needs to age more to reach its 94 points. I give this wine a solid 3 glasses.
My red wine guys, Jim and Rich, have been drinking and comparing red wines together for the last 10 years. We drink reds exclusively (except for champagne during New Year’s Eve celebration's or special occasions). In our search to find the best red wine for the buck, we are constantly buying and drinking a variety of reds. Frequently, we see many of our favorite reds increase in price (making them impractical to buy and consume with the dismal economy). This motivates us to try and compare lesser known reds from a variety of wineries. We are constantly telling our friends where to buy and save on these great reds. One weekend over a bottle of red wine (of course), we decided to share our recommendations with the world via a blog (with the support of our wives who really think this is another way for us to drink more red wine). We are going to be making road trips up the coast and sharing our opinions on some great California Reds.
Jim is a retired Navy Senior Chief now working as a Navy Technical Rep. His world travels have given him the opportunity to taste wines on different continents. He finds himself often comparing them to his favorite region – Napa Valley’s Oakville/Rutherford districts that produce some of the world’s best Cabernet Sauvignon's.
Richard is a musician who grew up in Santa Maria with a family rich with red wine tradition. According to the family legends, his grandfather used to make wine out of grapefruit when grapes were not available. He grew up drinking and making wine with his father and other Italian families in the central coast, long before there were grape vines in the area. In fact, the reason his family located to California was to make wine!
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