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April 8, 2006

Gnarly Dudes

Continuing my increasingly sick, obsessive journey into the heart of darkness known as Two Hands wines, I tried the 2004 Gnarly Dudes, which I am told is often referred to by those in the know (and pretenders like me who merely know someone in the know) as "Baby Bella" or "Bella Light" since it comes from the same vineyard as Bella's Garden.

Well, what did I think? It was brilliant, with hints on the nose of Polish sausage, powerful chronic cultivated on the warm, gentle, rain-swept, drug-addled upland slopes of Maui, cordite (the kind that lingers in the air after firing 3-400 rounds in an enclosed space) and petroleum. On the palate I detected turkey, shrimp shells and Samuel Adams Holiday Brew.

Seriously, I think Raleigh Wine Merchants put it best:

COLOUR: Bright lively purple plum. AROMA: Vibrant lifted aromas of violet and red fruits with a hint of cedary oak. PALATE: The palate is full bodied delivering a rush of gorgeous succulent fruit with soft round tannins. A meld of red fruits with a hint of black pepper and liquorice, leaving you with a finish that’s beautifully balanced and vibrant.

Posted by dag at April 8, 2006 6:17 PM