Wine Whore Review:

O'Brien Estate Romantic Trio (click for more info)




Wine is about romance, love for the grape, and getting a nice buzz!

Here's how it worked... you voted and I drank... and then I drank some more!

Details:
This week's poll started out harmless. As a tribute to the FREE WINE Contest, I asked you to choose which romantic phase of the O'Brien Estate Romantic Trio Gift Set is your favorite. It was all down hill from there...

After hearing the recommendation to open all three, I got a bright idea. Why not make this more interesting? If the poll receives over 100 votes, not only will I OPEN all three bottles, but I will also attempt to DRINK THEM ALL in one sitting.

BAD IDEA!!!

The good news is that I made sure to write down my thoughts before I was unable to type and way before I lost the ability to form a coherent sentence. The bad news is that the sun will eventually rise and with it will come a pounding headache, queasy stomach, and the challenge of a new day. Whoever said being a Wine Whore is easy never attempted this feat.


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If you were with me for the virtual tasting via Twitter and Facebook you already have a good idea of how well this Cabby pair performed. If you missed it, take a minute to mark your calendar with next week�s tasting (Wednesday @ 6:30pm ET) and keep reading to see how it all went down.


Geek Out with Some Vintage Info:

  • Attraction Chardonnay

    Attraction
    When our eyes met,
    my heart said hello.
    Are you the one for whom I long?
    Are you?

    Tasting Notes:
    "Light straw in color and exhibiting intense aromas of pear, almond, butterscotch and spice that layer with flavors of fig, tropical fruits and spice in a full-bodied, round and creamy chardonnay with good acidity, a subtle touch of spicy oak, and a long finish."



  • Romance of the Heart Merlot

    Romance
    Extend to me
    The hand of conversation
    Twirl me with laughter
    Embrace me with kindness
    Will you be mine for a moment?
    Or for a lifetime?

    Tasting Notes:
    "This is an elegantly structured wine with notes of deep, dark blueberry and plum with hints of tobacco, vanilla, and spice. It has a smooth supple entry with a soft mid-palate and lingering finish."



  • Seduction Bordeaux-style blend

    Seduction Blend
    Romance of the heart
    Passion of the soul
    A voluptuous wine with sensual flavors
    And a velvet kiss.
    Enjoy in good company.

    Tasting Notes:
    "(Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot) Deep, dense purple throughout, this wine displays wonderful aromas of sweet black cherry, warm licorice, cedar, oak and toasted espresso bean. Intense currant, berry and cr�me de cassis flavors on the palate are framed by fine grained tannins in this full bodied, supple, well concentrated blend."



Stats:
Producer: O'Brien Estate Romantic Trio
Vintage: 2005,2006,2007
Varietal: Chardonnay, Merlot, Bordeaux-style Red Blend
Appellation: Napa Valley
Residual Sugar: N/A
TA: N/A
pH: N/A
Production: N/A
Alcohol %: N/A
Aging: N/A
Cost: $250/set (Get your own set!)



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My seductive threesome experience summarized by partner...


Attraction Chardonnay

  • To the Eyes: Light and ethereal like the fringe of a clear sunset


  • To the Nose: Buttery and sweet like an ear of corn drizzled with a hint of ripe citrus


  • To the Tongue: Slowly rolls off of the tongue like butter melting off a hot biscuit



Romance of the Heart Merlot

  • To the Eyes: Deep, brilliant ruby surrounded by hints of ink mysteriously floating towards the edges


  • To the Nose: Cherry and licorice angrily rubbed into tanned leather


  • To the Tongue: Slightly hot but dripping with sweet fruit and a stubbornly everlasting finish



Seduction Bordeaux-style blend

  • To the Eyes: Deep cherry pool of goodness


  • To the Nose: Fuzzy oak blended with a lively bouquet of grapes


  • To the Tongue: Cabby to the tongue with a slowly structured dry crescendo into the sunset



Summary
Overall, I was very impressed with the Trio. Aside from its impressive packaging and romantic backstory, the wine itself is crafted well. Although the Seduction Bordeaux-style blend won out as my favorite of the triplets, the other two bottles were not far behind. I would recommend this set to anyone who loves wine and wants to express this with someone special. It makes a unique gift that will be remembered and cherished for years to come... just don't attempt to drink all three bottles in one night.

Cheers!


Wanna have a threesome of your own?
Click here to treasure a Trio of your own!


Credits:
Very special thank you to Bart and the folks from O'Brien Estate for their kindness, support, and willingness to share a glass of their wine for the rest of the world to enjoy.

Images courtesy of National Geographic magazine, Country Living, and O'Brien Estates

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8 comments:

Rachele said...

They sound wonderful and now I am even more disappointed that I didn't win. If those people over at O'Brien sent me the threesome, I surely wouldn't abuse them (or myself) as you did.

BTW. LOVE the images.

Cheers!

The Wine Whore said...

I know you would give them a good home! :)

I was hoping someone would mention the images. I have been looking for new ways to make wine reviews fun and entertaining... figured images would be a great start!

Cheers!

P.S. It was worth the abuse! :)

Joeshico said...

Wish I could have been there to assist.

The Wine Whore said...

I could have really used the help! :)

Cheers!

jFLASHj said...

3 Bottles! Impressive!

One wine party 6 of us opened 14 bottles. 3 were the dessert kind. We didnt empty every bottle but we put a big dent in them all.
I don't remember the Cab ride home.

Cheers!

The Wine Whore said...

Those are the best cab rides! After last night's tasting, I could use a good weekend rest!

Cheers!

Allison said...

A coke and a nice breakfast sandwich are the perfect cure for the Trio's aftermath!

Great write-up and fun images!

The Wine Whore said...

Funny you should say that... that's exactly what I had yesterday! Did the trick... feeling much better today after some good rest! :)

Hope you all have a great wine weekend!

Cheers!

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