Wine Whore Review:

Veramonte Primus Colchagua Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah Merlot Carmenere 2006
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Taste Score = 9/10 Points
Cost Score = 9/10 Points
Enjoyability Score = 8.5/10 Points
Overall Score = 8.6/10 Points (Additional stats below)

Watson Rockin'
Randy Watson rockin' the bass!

When I was little, I used to watch in awe as my father played the guitar. It was the most amazing thing in the world to behold. Playing an instrument was so cool, I wanted to figure out how I could do it too.

As I grew older, my curiosity evolved into a lifelong hobby. As a child, I begged for the chance to play my father's guitar. Eventually I was trusted enough to borrow it so I could learn. After countless hours of practice and dedication, I was ready to have one of my own. It wasn't without hard work. I happily mowed the lawn in scorching Florida summer heat for months until I finally earned the chance to be rewarded with my first guitar.

When I was thirteen, next to food and water, my guitar was the only possession I thought I would ever need. I could play for hours feeling like nothing else mattered. It's stringed solace offered me an escape. Caught in these moments, I was free to focus my mind away from the mundane to create beautiful music for my ears to enjoy.

Les Claypool
Les Claypool of Primus

As I grew older, age came with many fleeting trends and styles. Rock to pop to heavy metal to love for music naturally adapted to the changing times. Over the years, there was one band that remained as my favorite. This band was so influential, it inspired me to learn how to play the bass guitar...

The funky band: Primus

The inspiring bass player: Les Claypool

The wine I chose to drink today: Primus by Veramonte

Today, I am attempting a new wine tasting methodology. As a tribute to my love of music which runs as thick as my love for wine, I am drinking this bottle with a music pairing in lieu of a food pairing. To celebrate my musical roots, I am sipping this selection with my eyes closed and my ears open to the sounds of the alternative funk styling of the band Primus as led by Les Claypool.

My senses are solely focused on my nose, tongue, and ears with no other distractions... a true symphony of the senses!

(Continue browsing below for the full review, music pairing, and scores�)

Vintage Info:
"The 2006 growing season was characterized by even ripening conditions resulting in a balanced set crop. Favorable weather, long hang time and a smooth harvest yielded intensely concentrated flavors. Primus 2006 combines striking rich, ripe fruit, exotic spice and a round mouth feel with elegant tannins, leading to a long finish." -Cristian Aliaga (Winemaker)

Recommended Music Pairing:
This full bodied wine is best enjoyed with my favorite bass solo. The live version of "Tommy the Cat" is by far the best bass work my ears have ever heard. This extended solo rivals the punchiness of this Primus wine while also being as smooth as the finish which slowly fades away with each sip.

Producer: Veramonte (Primus)
Vintage: 2006
Varietal: 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Syrah, 17% Merlot, 16% Carmen�re
Appellation: Colchagua Valley, Chile
Residual Sugar: N/A
TA: 4.1 g/l
pH: 3.6
Production: N/A
Alcohol %: 14.5%
Aging: 14 months in French (85%) and American (15%) oak, 25% new
Cost: ~$17 (Get your own bottle!)

Wine Whore Score:

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My tasting experience summarized by the senses...

To the eye: Deep ruby crimson hue with a tinge of rust towards the edge and plush purple towards the center.

To the nose: An intriguing tapestry of earthy texture including sweet apricot, raisin, and prunes mixed with dry leather, tobacco, and a pinch of soil.

On the tongue: This wine strikes the tongue with a twang of acidity which vibrates into a structured fruit cascading into a slow crescendo of a finish.

To the ears: The funky styling and creatively abnormal technique is as complex as the profile of this wine. My mind gets lost traveling down the rabbit hole of this sensory experience.

"Tommy the cat is my name and I say unto thee..."


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Katie said...

Awesome write-up, Randy...focusing your senses was EXACTLY what I was after with hosting this topic so cheers, brother! Apparently, many of us wine bloggers are musicians as well!

The Wine Whore said...

Thank you very much for the kind words Katie and for hosting this month's WBW! Great choice of topic, I really enjoyed this one!


Alleigh said...

Randy--Great write up! I really enjoy the Vermonte wines, and I will definitely have to pair the Primus with some funk. And Katie's right, it's really interesting to see how many of us are musicians.

The Wine Whore said...

Thank you very much! :) Cheers!

Kort said...

Hahaha, great post. I certainly wouldn't put this wine in the "Pork Soda" category, hahaha. Hail PRIMUS!

The Wine Whore said...

I almost paired this wine with "My name is mud" but figured "Tommy the cat" was much more appropriate! :)


Kort said...

Well, it is from Sailing the Seas of Cheese, and we all know what they say about wine & Cheese. :'D

joeshico said...

One of your best write-ups Randy.
This Friday, I will definitely be doing Primus.

The Wine Whore said...

Thank you Joe! :) Always glad to see you!

I look forward to hearing about your funky Friday wine experience!


jFLASHj said...

Now I wonder if there are other wines out there that have a band's name on the label. Hmmmmmm I wonder!

The Wine Whore said...

That's a really good question!

Anyone know of any others?


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