Last Night's Affair: Jacuzzi Valeriano 2005

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The Wine:
Jacuzzi Family Vineyards Valeriano Estate Carneros 2005

The Good:
This Bordeaux blend from Jacuzzi has a lot going on. When I first opened it, I enjoyed the strong astringent taste of this full bodied red. Once it aired out, I became much less excited.

The Bad:
By the end of the bottle, I needed Viagra to get excited about what was in my glass. This is my least favorite selection from Jacuzzi so far.

I usually enjoy Bordeaux blends but for the ~$35 price tag, I would probably choose a decent bottle from St. Emilion instead. I don't know if it has to do with Carneros, this particular winery, or just the particular bottle that I opened, but something just wasn't right. Harsh and overpowering gave way to a timid, dull blend after air. Instead of tasting like a mature and balanced wine, Valeriano seemed to have trouble getting its act together like a teenager getting laid for the very first time.

Everyone has different taste in wine, but this blend just didn't work for me!

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Richard Auffrey said...

Maybe you have to drink this wine in a Jacuzzi to really enjoy it.

Pam said...

I liked it when I was at Jacuzzi in Oct. I've been holding on to it. I hope I am not as disappointed as you are when I do open it.

The Wine Whore said...

LOL! Just no speedos allowed! :)

I really enjoyed some of their other wines Pam! Maybe I just tasted this one with the wrong food or at the wrong time... I'd be willing to give it another shot!

Which ones did you try while visiting Jacuzzi?

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