Friday, March 21, 2014

Mad Dogs and Englishmen 2008 Red Wine (Spain)

Mad Dogs and Englishmen 2008 Red Wine (Spain), $10.99-$14.99, 86 points, appeared an almost beet red with some bricking toward the broadly transparent rim.
With hints of violets, roasted coffee, and sweet black fruit, the aroma seemed to promised something better than what was delivered, though a good red wine with a medium-plus body, good acidity and tight tannin with a tart, almost sharp texture (maybe some not-so ripe grapes), this wine was another in what I've coined, "Doctor Jekyll Mister Hyde" wines (Now I like it, now I don't); sometimes rich and complex, sometimes just biting.
Flavors mirrored the aroma faithfully, and transitioned into the fair finish of spice, some heat (14% alcohol), and a hint of mint.
I read that English setters have their DNA rooted in Spain, so why not a wine named Mad Dogs and Englishmen being root there also?


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  1. 'Mad dogs and an English-woman' that describes my house.
    Did you try this 'Jekyll and Hyde' wine with food/foods?

    1. Yes! Rib-eye (rare and spiced), Mac & cheese (white cheese), heirloom tomato, buttered English muffin, and contrasted alongside with a two-day-old Vino Nobile which was still quite a bit better!
      R-U the mad English "woman"?