Monday, March 16, 2015


Wine reviews as poetry in haiku form by Lane Steinberg. 

Here's the back story:

My elderly Junior High School English teacher, Miss Gimpel, introduced me to haiku. I had a real fondness for her, but her enthusiasm for haiku didn't make much of an impression on me. My earliest memory of drinking red wine is sharing a bottle of Night Train with a dishwasher at the summer camp where I worked as a waiter. I didn't like that much, either. But now, years later, it seems to me that haiku is the perfect vehicle to describe all aspects of red wine, from the sublime to the mundane. These haikus provide a quick blast of an impression without getting too specific. Why only red? The renowned critic Harry Waugh once said it was wine's obligation to be red. I like white wine just fine, but red's my drink. For the purposes of this website, all haikus are strict 5-7-5 syllables per line. That way the playing field is level for all. I post periodically, adding to the existing list from the top down.

USA TODAY writes about Red Wine Haiku!

A very generous entry about this blog appears in a new book by Michael J Gelb. 

All material copyright control by Lane Steinberg. 

Haikus 1-400 are no longer posted. They will appear in the book. Details soon.

663) Michele Chiarlo Barbera D'Asti 'Le Orme' 2011 (Itlay) 
I know my own tastes 
A sucker for symmetry
And simpler pleasures
662) Ghost Pines Pinot Noir 2012 (California)
Reject the notion
That photographs house spirits
What's real, it is here

661) Achaval Ferrer 'Quimera' 2011 (Argentina) 
Tell me everything
But one story at a time
Digest and savor 

660) Delas "St-Esprit" Côtes du Rhône 2012 (France)
Arrived in France late
I called the hotel and thought,
"I'm all alone here"

659) Nipozzano Chianti Riserva 2010 (Italy)
A deep memory
Spontaneously revealed
One word set it off
658) Sanctuary Usibelli Vineyard Cabernet 2009 (California)
Seven days later
Still singing like a damn bird
659) Concho Y Toro Gran Reserva Malbec 2010 (Chile)
Jumping up and down
A jiggle in my belly
I need to lose weight

648) Jekel Pinot Noir 2011 (California)
Decent cheap pinot
Fast becoming plentiful
Another entry

647) Rodney Strong Sonoma County Cabernet 2012 (California)
Brothers arm wrestle
Knocking over the table
Neither cares who wins 

646) Benziger Merlot 2011 (California)
Goats crap on the vines
Then dinosaurs eat the goats
Ancient and endless

645) The McNab 2009 (California) 
Nighttime sucker punch
Tripping on a garden hose
Face down in the mud

644) Marques De Murrieta Reserva 2008 (Spain)
You have to slow down
Life passes with a flicker
One swallow, we're gone

643) Chateau St. Jean Pinot Noir 2012 (California)
While sucking your thumb
Surveying the outside world
You knew peace first hand

642) Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne 2000 (Italy)
Thinnest of leashes
Holds you to the familiar
No thought to escape

641) Cusumano Nero D'Avola 2013 (Italy)
Thanksgiving, damn it!
Get your ass in gear, we're late
Don't forget Tom's leg

640) Duas Quintas Ramos Pinto 2012 (Portugal)
Climb my hills with care
Drink up the sun like water
No mine, yours, but ours

639) Banfi Col Di Sasso 2012 (Italy)
Well, well, look who's here
It's what's his name with that girl
They'll need you know what
638) Nipozzano Cecchie Viti Chianti Riserva 2011 (Italy)
Destiny's thick pen
Writes words of authority
With ink wrung from time

637) Louis Martini Cabernet 2011 (California)
Loyal as my horse
Able to saddle itself
Brings me the sunset
636) Natura Pinot Noir 2013 (Chile)
Little red wagon 
A sailboat upon a lake
Hamburgers, hot dogs

635) Chateau Haut-Bages Averous 1996 (France)
Pulled the rotten cork
Smelling death escapes your throat
You rise triumphant

634) Bonterra 'The Butler' Red 2009 (California)
Respect tradition
Forever waiting unseen
Muzzle the puppy

633) Cristom Jessie Vineyard Pinot Noir 2007 (Oregon)
Enter amnesia
Radios dream in color
Rainbows wash their hands

632) Edna Valley Pinot Noir 2012 (California)
The drive was perfect
We relaxed and reminisced
Spring shelters autumn
631) Montes Alpha Merlot 2010 (Chile)
The surgeon surges
Acting upon his urges
More like he lunges

630) Angove Warboys Vineyard Shiraz 2009 (Australia)
It feels like one's tongue
Gained dexterity and length
Through necessity

629) Trivento Malbec Reserve 2013 (Argentina)
Not properly dressed
They whispered comments and laughed
But they're the bumpkins

628) Chapoutier Crozes-Hermitage 'La Petite Ruche' 2012 (France) 
We bend at the knee
With no control of our dreams
I can so I will 

627) Protea Red Blend 2011 (South Africa)
Eager, unfocused
A badger digs for its food
Worms likewise digging

626) Sanctuary Zinfandel 2009 (California)
The baby's blanket
Warm from its napping body
Peaceful exhaustion

625) Cosentino 'The Poet' Meritage 2011 (California)
I've perused your work
You're familiar with the greats
Now go and be one

624) Chateau Rival-Bellevue 2010 (France)
You control the plums
One for me and four for you
Such selfish sweetness

623) Vincent Arroyo Melange Reserve 2005 (California)
I would have guessed French
Her dyed hair pulled in a bun
Bent picking mushrooms

622) Banfi Chianti Classico 2011 (Italy)
Spent the night drinking
With 13th century ghosts
That spoke no English

621) Artadi Tempranillo 2011 (Spain)
You peed in your pants
Then cried during the whole flight
Pretzel stick headache

620) Achaval Ferrer Cabernet 2011 (Argentina)
Boiler being fixed
I didn't see the notice
Funky day at work 
619) Achaval Ferrer Malbec 2011 (Argentina)
We were toot suited
Ushered beyond velvet ropes
Towards the hoi polloi 

618) Montes Merlot 2011 (Chile)
Privileged children
Spoon fed and hand reared since birth
Now fend for yourself

617) Chapoutier Belleruche Cotes- Du-Rhone 2012 (France)
I had a hammer
I hammered in the evening
That was a mistake

616) Chateau Florie Aude 2010 (France)
600 page book
Why not get some reading done?
Snowed in and snuggled

615) Souverain Cabernet 2011 (California)
Grave formality
At the reading of the will
Spring's early summer

614) Chateau St. Jean Merlot 2009 (California)
Hidden belly fat
Is eventually revealed
In night's naked light

613) Columbia Valley Merlot 2012 (Washington)
Mountain greenery
45 degree angle
All pours are tilted

612) Benziger Merlot 2010 (California)
Over the moon ecstatic
Love's automatic

611) Michele Chiarlo Barbera D'Asti 2011 (Italy)
See that panting dog?
Go stick your hand in its mouth
It will not bite you

610) Oberon Cabernet 2011 (California)
This little piggy
Slopped around in mud all day
Afternoon delight

609) Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages 2012 (France)
They make fun of you
Saying you're hardly worthy
The ignorant snobs

608) Donnafugata Sedara 2011 (Italy)
A staring contest
Two inanimate objects
Everybody wins

607) Mas de Guiot Vin de Pays du Gard 2007 (France)
All day in the barn
Lay your sweaty head to rest
Animal now served

606) Cline Ancient Vine Mourvedre 2011 (California)
Junior's earned his stripes
Let him putter in the yard
He bothers no one

605) Santa Emma Reserve Merlot 2009 (Chile)
You're clinging to me
Tenacious fascination
My grip's tighter, too

604) Cloavita Pinot Noir 2012 (Italy)
After five full days
Exposed to the elements
A mushroom appeared

603) Chanson Le Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2011 (France)
Footprint with no foot
A net with no butterfly
Approximate dirt

602) Masi Tupungato Passo Doble 2010
Interesting concept
Italy meets Mendoza
I'd say be less shy

601) Colavita Valpolicella Ripasso 2011 (Italy)
A dumb ass in youth
But six days on the counter
Brought depth in decay

600) Montes Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 (Chile)
I'll abandon poetry
This is delicious

599) Trivento Golden Reserve Malbec 2011 (Argentina)
No light can escape
The end of infinity
Where darkness darkens

598) Tenuta dell'Ammiraglia Morellino di Scansano "Pietraregia" Riserva 2009 (Italy)
A name and a half
Your parents thought you special
As so you have grown

597) Nipozzano Chianti Riserva 2009 (Italy)
Inside the carafe
Another splash of surprise
Glass walls get first taste

596) Pepperjack Barossa Red 2012 (Australia)
We own this vineyard
Don't you know you're trespassing?
You could have been killed

595) Bodega Norton Malbec 2012 (Argentina)
That's a big baby
Now he's standing on my foot
I feel my toe crunch

594) Trivento Amado Sur 2011 (Argentina)
Dense fog of morning
After a blurry evening
All's well, back to bed

593) Frank Phelan Saint-Estephe 2001 (France)
You were resentful
When I woke you from slumber
Though you'd slept too long

592) Marchesi De' Frescobaldi Terre More Dell' Ammiraglia 2009 (Italy)
She poked his stomach
"Daddy, why are you so fat?"
Then, a soft giggle

591) St. Francis Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 (California)   
Your cute teddy bear
Knows the Ink Spots catalog
Smoke got in my eyes

590) Chateau Prignac 2009 (France)
Visions through prisms
Thin hours of summer days
Why this and why that?

589) Catena Malbec 2008 (Argentina)
Wine as a puddle
Dogs lick from a black circle
Night turns a warm chill

588) Chateauneuf-du-Pape "Les Cailloux" 2003 (France)
Well, what have we here
Three dimensional angels
Flapping overhead
587) Amaroso Barbera D'Alba 2010 (Italy)
In a small cafe
A man thumbs a well-worn script
And drinks by reflex

586)  Peconic Bay Merlot 2009 (Long Island)
A crus Beajoulais
That just won the lottery
Moves to Long Island

585) Las Gravas 2007 (Spain)
Sometimes I forget
That beneath a fresh pulled cork
Can lay stuff of dreams

584) Achaval Ferrer Malbec 2012 (Argentina) 
If his hands were tied
How did he exit that box?
Seems impossible 

583) Jadot Couvent Des Jacobins Pinot Noir 2009 (France) 
Sick day excuses
A little too much evening
The dog drank my wine 

582) Bruno Giacosa Dolcetto D'Alba 2011 (Italy) 
Like to see smiles?
Spontaneous surprised ones?
Bring over a glass 

581) Banfi Summus 2007 (Italy)
Rabid wild boar
Cooked inside a burning house
Shirts torn in madness

580) Clos Dominic Selecion Andreu 2004 (Spain)
A black velvet storm
Forbidden and foreboding
Held by two warm hands 
579) Navarro Correas Alegoria Gran Reserve Malbec 2008 (Argentina)
Burrowed in the mud
Your fists black as iron bars
Here comes a freight train

578) Chateau Tanunda Noble Baron Shiraz 2008 (Australia) 
Great chocolate goddess
Drown me by the waterfall
Dead from sweet kisses
577) Sanctuary Mariah Vineyard Zindandel 2009 (California)
Seems we've overslept
They await our decision 
Let's play President

576) Domaine De La Cassagne 2007 (France)
Wonderful stories
Each one better than the last
Then you fell asleep
575) Sbragia Gino's Vineyard Zinfandel 2010 (California)
Chopping fruit, we laughed
Yet another memory
To bring us closer 

574) Michele Chiarlo Barbera D'Asti Superiore 'Le Orme' 2011 (Italy)
The selfless art of giving
Here's some gratitude

573) Chateau Des Jacques Morgon 2009 (France)
Come to me on stilts
Careful by the wall, descend
Relax a minute

572) Morellino di Scansano Pietrareglia dell' Ammiraglia Riserva 2010 (Italy)
The confusion starts
As one's consciousness expands
And it never ends

571) Chateau Guiot Costieres de Nimes Alex 2006 (France)
Nimes is about right
Though it couldn't claim tems
Miles beyond apes

570) Bodegas Volver La Mancha Tempranillo 2010 (Spain)
Confident silence
Arms crossed in expectation
Can't hide the smile

569) François Feuillet Nuits-Saint-Georges La Charmotte 2005 (France)
All can fall in place 
With the tiniest effort
As if by magic

568) Fleur Du Cap Merlot 2010 (South Africa)
In between commas
Lay a moment of blank space
Is nothing something?

567) 900 Grapes Pinot Noir 2011 (New Zealand)
Chill it to near death
Make believe you're on a yacht
Overuse 'darling'

566) Trivento Amado Sur Malbec 2011 (Argentina)
Outside our mud hut
Are two gigantic palm trees
Between them I sleep

565) Fleur Du Cap Pinotage 2010 (South Africa)
It's a Pinot Noir
With a mental disorder
Stranger charisma

564) Duca Di Salaparuta Passo Delle Mule Nero D'Avola 2008 (Italy)
Following an ass
Through the endless bowels of time
Better than it sounds

563) Saladini Pilastri Rosso Piceno 2011 (Italy)
Once more with feeling
Spontaneous impulses
And perfect circles

562) 2006 Duca di Salaparuta Duca Enrico Rosso (Italy)
Feathery licks
From long, lush lashes of love
Every sip a wink

561) Five Rivers Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 (California)
Essence is obscured
When each tomorrow's the same

560) Sigaut - Chambolle Musigny Les Bussieres Vieilles Vignes 2010 (France)
Hangover birthdays
And sore Mexican stomachs
Need strawberry cures

559) Chateau Paret Bordeaux 2010 (France)
Round circles of glass
A war of commerce and dreams
558) St. Francis Merlot 2008 (California)
One can say Merlot
Is Cabernet without claws
Easier cuddle
557) The Seeker Red Blend 2012 (Chile)
Searching low and high
Will not get what I'm after
Till the day I die
556) Marques Casa Concha Cabernet 2010 (Chile)
Come to me, my sludge
No light will ever pass through
That's why there's candles
555) Renieri Invetro 2010 (Italy)
Invade aortic
Prepare to exchange the blood
A feast to follow
554) Renieri Brunello Di Montalcino 2007 (Italy)
No time to shower
Felt mired in my own funk
Can't get the day back

553) Rodney Strong Sonoma County Cabernet 2010 (California)
I swim an ocean
Both bottomless and endless
No need to hurry

552) Castello di Gabbiano Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2010 (Italy)
You have disappeared
Persistence of memory
Keeps your taste alive
551) Rainstorm Pinot Noir 2010 (Oregon)
It's a quantum leap
From nothing to nothingness
This here's a small jump

550) Remole Toscana 2010 (Italy)
Bed's in the basement
Watch out for grandma's false teeth
Heat is included

549) Gabbiano Chianti Classico Riserva 2009 (Italy)
One step she was in shadows
Blissful rendezvous
548) Borgo Scopeto Chianti Classico 2010 (Italy)
Pocket picked in Rome
Then the luggage went missing
I have a headache
547) Tenuta Sassoregale Maremma Toscana Sangiovese (Italy)
Eating a calzone
Bouncing on a trampoline
I can multitask
546) Surh Luchtel Page Nord Syrah 2003 (California)
Time was slowing down
Not a damn thing we could do
Peaceful surrender

545) Loveblock Pinot Noir 2011 (New Zealand)
Someone lit a match
And matches can start fires
Even perfect ones
544) Sanctuary Usibelli Vineyard Cabernet 2009 (California)
The day of your birth
Everyone laughed and smiled
You cried bitter tears

543) Concha Y Toro Gran Reserva Cabernet 2011 (Chile)
Next! How do you do?
Can you show me any tricks?
Roll over, play dead!

542) Trivento Golden Reserve Malbec 2010 (Argentina)
Your life history
Told to me at rapid speed
What will I retain?
541) Emblem Oso Vineyards 2008 (California)
You were excited
Lit with enthusiasm
I'm a believer

540) Terre di Talamo 'Tempo', Morellino do Scansano 2009 (Italy)
One accordion
Lamplight serenade at dusk
Then the bus ride home  

539) Saladini Pilastri Rosso Piceno 2011 (Italy)
Your spicy meatballs
Are lately much spicier
Some sort of message?

538) Renieri Rosso Di Montolcino 2010 (Italy)
Squeezed into first class
The free upgrade made me glow
I kept the slippers

537) Franco Amoroso Barbera d'Alba 2010 (Italy)
Sal should stick to wine
He can be a real bastard
When he's drinking booze

536) La Corte Salice Salentino 2010 (Italy)
That's it, follow me
One foot after the other
You see? We're dancing!

535) Donna Chiari Taurasi DOCG 2008 (Italy)
After morning rains
The footpath turns to chocolate
Birds speak in flowers

534) Altrovino Due Mani 2006 (Italy)
Inkblot tablecloth
The price of intensity
Some stains won't come out

533) Etude Lyric Pinot Noir 2011 (California)
High-pitched puttering
"Stinking kids, get off my lawn"
Cashmere cardigan

532) Banfi Belnero 2009 (Italy)
I fill in the blanks
Succumbing to temptation
Yield to the softness
531) Banfi Brunello di Montalcino 2007 (Italy)
My sanctuary
A small room in the tower
Shadows of mercy
530) Banfi Rosso di Montalcino 2010 (Italy)
You woke me early
So we could watch the sun rise
Fun, but I was cold

529) Banfi Chianti Classico Riserva 2009 (Italy)
A rickety door
Pine needles stuck in my shoe
Unforgiving night

528) Banfi Chianti Superiore 2011 (Italy)
Who coined it pigtail?
Tightly coiled tuft of hair
Wrapped in elastic

527) Moulin De Gassac Guilhem 2009 (France)
Though we've talked all night
I can't remember your name
My mind is elsewhere

526) Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva 2009 (Italy)
A kiss that lingers
With memories of what was
And hope for what's left

525) Ozwell Select Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 (Australia)
Into the toilet
Would have been there anyway
Just a bit later

524) Cellar No.8 Pinot Noir 2010 (California)
A peck on the cheek
Some warm milk and a cookie
Right before bedtime
523) Rosso Contadino 9 (Italy)
Dandelion days
Innocence, a cherished state
Goats graze while we nap

522) Chateau Pichon Longueville 1995 (France)
When I was younger
I hadn't half as much fun
And now life's sweeter 

520) Querciabella Chianti Classico 2008 (Italy)
To find a deep truth
One needs the proper chisel
And a good dust mask

519) Santa Rita Reserva Carmenere 2009 (Chile)
Carmen, are you clothed?
There's policemen at our door
Pushing on our bell

518) Banfi Centine 2009 (Italy)
If the Italians
Were Native Americans
This would be their wine

517) Masi Costasera Amarone 2008 (Italy)
I remember her dad
Talking of the good old days
While scratching his balls
516) Donnachiara Irpinia Aglianico 2008 (Italy)
Stands tall in the glass
Like a lone scarecrow at dusk
Longing for summer
515) Benziger Sonoma County Merlot 2008 (California)
Hesitant at first
Then a pair of legs were found
Long walk towards nightfall
514) Nova Strada Di Moda Frappato 2011 (Italy)
You ain't from these parts
I can always peg strangers
Weird talent I have

513) Cecchi Chianti 2010 (Italy) 
I've come to love basic things
Because they are not

512) Chateau Haut Selve 2008 (France)
One strand of wire
Wedged beneath a rusty screw
Barely connected

511) Brigaldara Valpolicella Classico 2010 (Italy)
A country garden
After the leaves have fallen
What perfect sadness

510) Markham Merlot Napa Valley 2009 (California)
Please, not that outfit
You look like a lumberjack
In rhinestone earrings

509) Tenuta Sette Ponti Crognolo 2010 (Italy)
A right to the jaw
The champ is flat on the mat
Slowly, he rises

508) Tenute Silvio Nardi Rosso di Montalcino 2010 (Italy)
Beautiful sideways
Progressive strain on my neck
Discomfort as art

507) Michele Chiarlo Barolo 2008 (Italy)
I'm hitching a ride
Motorized feather pillow
See you next sunset

506) Villa Nozzole Chianti Classico 2007 (Italy)
Vivid splashdown kiss
Exaggerated, sustained
"Bongiorno, Dickhead!"

505) Montesu Isola del Nuraghi 2010 (Italy)
Of course it's solid
But I'm a bit underwhelmed
And that's being kind

504) Deep Purple Lodi Zinfandel 2010 (California)
After seven days
This changed from vin ordinaire
To love's elixer

503) Rodney Strong Russian River Pinot 2010 (California)
A prayer for relief
As summer contemplates drought
Dustbowl confection

502) Montefalco Rosso 2007 (Italy)
Rambunctious child
Punished and reprimanded
Finally behaved

501) La Serre Nuove Deli Ornellaia 2009 (Italy)
Goodbye perfection
I knew thee all too briefly
Cherished memories

500) Pisoni Pinot Noir 2005 (California)
Fruit softly caressed
Unfolding out for miles
Plush flying carpet
499) Cecchi Chianti Natio Organic 2009 (Italy)
The clearer vision
Slowly attracts adherents
An earned confidence

498) Mas De Masos 2002 (Spain)
The bottomless glass
The more that one drinks from it
The fuller it gets

497) North By Northwest Cabernet 2009 (Oregon)
Replete with something
That displaces emptiness
In a pleasant way

496) Piaggia Il Sasso Carmignano 2007 (Italy) 
Splayed out on the grass
Each moment is magnified 
While you're motionless

495) Domaine du Grand Tinel Chateauneuf du Pape 2007 (France)
Pinot goes crazy
Crashes the costume party
France folded in half

494) Domaine Les Pallieres Gigondas 2005 (France)
Fragile lace curtains
Allow sun to penetrate
Warm, muted colors

493) William Hill Bench Blend Cabernet 2007 (California)
In California
They take meetings in hot tubs
As the fog rolls in

492) Louis B. Martini Cabernet Sonoma County 2008 (California)
Great for beginners
Seven crayons in a box
Kindergarten Cab

491) Villa Mattielli Amarone della Valpolicella 2007 (Italy)
Weight on the back end
Keeps one warm throughout a night
Where stars are obscured

490) Rancho Zabaco Sonoma Heritage Zinfandel 2008 (California)
We rode in steerage
And dined on the thinnest gruel
Our next trip we'll fly

489) Bodega Luzdivina Amigo Bierzo Viñademoya 2006
Flab 'round the center
Says hello at middle age
And hangs a shingle

488) Roxyann Syrah 2008 (Oregon)
Baby butt softness
And a milk chocolate finish
Hide from the children!

487) Roxyann Merlot 2007 (Oregon)
When expectations
Are effortlessly eclipsed
One's left satisfied

486) Domaine Thevenot-Le Brun et Fils Bourgogne
Hautes Cotes de Nuits Les Renardes 2008 (France)
A name and a half
For this malnourished weakling
Perhaps still too young

485) Cannonball Cabernet 2008 (California)
Starts off promising
An impressive half gainer
Then a belly flop

484) Thumbprint Cellars Knight's Valley Cabernet 2007 (California)
Coming down your block
Footsteps that trample the earth
And stain your driveway

483) Faunus Nero D'avola 2008 (Italy)
Like stripes on a pig
Or hot cross buns in prison
Bursting with nothing

482) Crane Ridge Livermore Valley Merlot 2009 (California)
One can only miss
What they think they've known before
Past uncertainties

481) Bodegas Renacer "Punto Final" Malbec 2010 (Argentina)
Pencil factory
Abandoned for two decades
Still smells like pencils

480) Butterfield Station Cabernet 2009 (California)
Almost neutral
Tastes of grapes grown in plasma
First wine on the moon

479) Castlebank Zinfandel 2009 (California)
Frivolous and cold
Which by no means should suggest
It's without its charms

478) Maroon Zinfandel 2007 (California)

Gifted magicians
Miraculously transformed
A bowl of Fruit Loops

477) Surh Luchtel Syrah 2005 (California)
An enormous room
Light pours in through a skylight
Onto the soft bed

476) Chateau Lascombes Margaux 2002 (France)
Corners beautifully
Sleek leather upholstery
Many miles left

475) Jacuzzi Family Vineyards Barbera 2009 (California)
Pure California
But after a few hours
It turns Italian

474) Pricum Prieto Picudo 2007 (Spain)
My pants are too tight
And I have to run back home
Wearing fancy shoes

473) Ampelos Pinot Noir 2005 (California)
Nurtured from its birth
The child grew straight and strong
Liquified heaven

472) Ravenswood Vintner's Blend Zinfandel 2009 (California)
Hippocratic wine
Its first duty satisfied
There was no harm done

471) Artazuri Garnacha 2009 (Spain)
A Hawaiian shirt
Depicts a floral heaven
But burdens the eyes

470) Diamond Ridge Pinot Noir 2008 (California)
Overflowing fruit
Spilled on a picnic blanket
Bucolic daydream

469) Domaine Duclaux Chateauneuf-Du-Pape 2003 (France)
Don't rush to drink it
Inhale the heavenly scents
Of fresh rose petals

468) Marquis Phillips Grenache 2008 (Australia)
Full hearts slowly fall
Enveloped by alcohol
Great night had by all

467) The Crusher Merlot Wilson Vineyard 2008 (California)
Not the name I'd pick
Seducer is much more apt
Or The Innocent

466) MacMurray Ranch Central Coast Pinot Noir 2007 (California)
Stayed fresh for nine days
Its foundation holding firm
Nature kept at bay

465) Apothic Red Winemaker's Blend 2008 (California)
Warm spaghettios
And store-brand Romano cheese
Please pull the trigger

464) Sebastiani Sonoma County Merlot 2009 (California)
The chameleon
A fascinating creature
Throw him on the grill

463) Ghost Pines Zinfandel 2008 (California)
The baby's crying
But the pacifier
yields life too quiet

462) Deloach Russian River Vally Pinot 2008 (California)
Insane day I had
Ended with roasted chicken
And this peaceful glass

461) Benessere Sangiovese 2006 (California)
The spirit of youth
Beneath the banquet table
Goodbye lasagna

460) JT Cellars Syrah 2007 (California)
Expecting not bad
I wasn't disappointed
Life should be like this

459) Fonterutoli Chianti Classico 2007 (Italy)
A vein of sugar
Lies deep beneath the earth's crust
Teasing the needle

458) Santa Rita Floresta Apalta 2004 (Chile)
A fat roar promised
Lion's bite over rehearsed
Young prude in a vise

457) Bridlewood Pinot Noir 2008 (California)
A rattlesnake kiss
Beneath a sandalwood sky
A perfect poison

456) Valreas "Cuvee Prestige" Cotes Du Rhone 2007 (France)
Tiny spring daisies
Standing at full attention
Lapping up sunshine

455) Domaine La Garrigue Vacqueyras 2007 (France)
To recalibrate
Requires inspiration
This can be of help

454) Bear Flag Snooth Red Wine Blend (California)
The label's a mess
Busy, headache-inducing
Flatters the contents

453) Miros de Ribera Riserva 2001 (Spain)
The tangerine peel
I was chasing in my mouth
Quicker than the tongue

452) Kendall Jackson Merlot Vintner's Reserve 2006 (California)
Scientists with charts
Lunch with folks from marketing
Sales are through the rooftamorphosis
 Benessere Sangiovese 2006 (California)
Smiling hard sell
Replete with batting lashes
Then a mad retreat
451) Caliterra Tributo Carmenere 2008 (Chile)
The best value grape
Smooth drinking at its zenith
Flat screen fall sunset

450) MacMurray Winemaker's Block Pinot Noir 2005 (California)
Beguiling beauty
Ever changing, radiant
You drink till she's gone

449) Warwick Valley Cabernet Franc 2008 (New York)
New York's a marvel
But grapes grown in her soil
Taste best in jelly

48) Guenoc Victorian Claret 2007 (California)
Serene confidence
Is seduction's own trump card
Worth self-evident

447) Crognolo Toscanna 2007 (Italy)
Just one lousy grape
Snuck inside this fine bottle
And it's all I taste

446) JT Cellars Syrah 2007 (California)
Sometimes when it rains
The sky seems to be feeding
On its own grayness

445) Arniston Bay Cabernet/Merlot 2008 (South Africa)
Drawings of anchors
Should never grace wine botttles
Sends the wrong message

444) William Hill Estate Cabernet 2004 (California)
A t-shirt covers
Some flab around the middle
Where muscle's gone soft

443) Gerard Bertand Aigle Noir Pinot Noir 2008 (France)
Shy boy from the hills
Soft spoken, ready to work
Nothing's a problem

442) Dr. Jebediah Drinkwell's Meritage 2007 (California)
Cute name giveaway
A well-intentioned train wreck
Elves held at gunpoint

441) William Hill Merlot 2006 (California)
An abandoned path
Hacking through thick underbrush
Peace in the forest

440) Columbia Crest Two Vines Cabernet 2006 (Washington)
Serve with cheap hot dogs
Stale buns and canned sauerkraut
At least you're alive

439) Ramsay Pinot Noir 2007 (California)
No deft pirouettes
But respect of tradition
Is duly noted

438) Moulin De Duhart Pauillac 2005 (France)
This hissed licorice
From its pouting purple lips
Then sucker kissed me

437) DaVinci Brunello di Montalcino 2003 (Italy)
The pants were too tight
So the tailor let them out
Still, they grab the crotch

436) Hedges Family Estate CMS Red 2007 (Washington)
Way, way down inside
Honey, you really need me
A red zeppelin

435) Kendall-Jackson Cabernet Sauvignon Vintner's Reserve 2006 (California)
Sometimes experts can
Fabricate inspiration
With weights and measures

434) Seven Sisters Pinotage/Shiraz 2007 (South Africa)
I think the ladies
Should put more testosterone
Inside next year's boy

433) Rancho Zabaco Dry Creek Valley Reserve Zinfandel 2007 (California)
It drank like napalm
I let it air out for days
Now it softly coos

432) Las Rocas Garnacha 2007 (Spain)
For two years running
This one's given me pleasure
A double-yolk egg

431) M'hudi Pinotage 2007 (South Africa)
Sweating beef jerkey
Hung out in a smoking shed
No compromises

430) Sherry Lehmann Pinot Noir 2007 (California)
Like cotton candy
Extracted from rare flowers
That can shed real tears

429) Havens Reserve Merlot 2005 (California)
Missing the hurdle
The horse fell and broke his leg
Death was merciful

428) Las Rocas Garnacha 2006 (Spain)
Sandalwood fatness
Old memories of incense
In pure liquid form

427) Château Bellevue la Foret 2004 (France)
Chicken, this is wine
And wine, this is coq au vin
Till death do you part

426) Marquis Phillips Sarah's Blend 2006 (Australia)
That's a cute baby
But you shouldn't let him drink
He bit my finger

425) Domaine Brunet Pinot Noir 2007 (France)
Cheap Pinot from France
So often undrinkable
Here finds radiance

424) Da Vinci Chianti Riserva 2003 (Italy) 
A half-fresh bouquet
With the scent of dead flowers
Masking those alive

423) Casa Mayor Merlot 2008 (Chile)
At ten thousand feet
One finds one's expectations
Are greatly reduced

422) Château Cos d'Estournel 1982 (France)
A great lesson here:
Never keep a hot women
In a warm closet

421) Chateau Haut Selve 2000 (France)
Smells like old lady,
Tastes of olive brine and plums
Weird and fading fast

420) Domaine des Grands Devers Cotes Du Rhone 2007 (France)
The place has been scrubbed
To a virginal essence
Cleaner I've not had

419) Bodegas Borsao
Monte Oton Garnacha 2007 (Spain)
Protocol says sip
But you gulp from the bottle
Then laugh at the moon

418) Celler Cecilio Negere Priorat 2005 (Spain)
Don't wait to drink me
For right now I am perfect

With berries so ripe

417) Mueller Russian River Valley Syrah 2005 (California)
Some mid-section flab
But deep down I found a spine
And some true comfort

416) Dynamic Red Table Wine 2007 (California)
Made for the moment
But moments are all we have
Thumbs pointing skyward

415) Juan Gill Jumilla Monastrell 2006 (Spain)
Do you see these hands?
They rub, slap, clap, and caress
Each day burns anew

414) Scanavino Barbaresco 2002 (Italy)
Sublime seduction
Happened so gradually
Then I was ensnared

413) Wayne Thomas McLaren Vale Petit Verdot 2006 (Australia)
The referee counts
You lay dizzy on the mat
Better to stay down

412) TBD Rouge Lodi Red Wine 2007 (California)
Zin, Petite Sirah
A wacky pairing that works
But the label stinks

411) La Ferme Julien 2007 (France)
Linger over lunch
The warm fall air turns chilly
The wine disappears

410) Chateau Les Grandes Mottes 1998 (France)
Has his opinions
But mostly keeps to himself
Like a good waiter

409) Chateau Verdu 1999 (France)
The party's small talk
Seems so inconsequential
You opt for silence

408) Cereghino Smith 'Eaten By Bears' Red Blend 2007 (California/New York)
One senses the love
And the sure hand of nurture
In special children

407) La Macolina Sangiovese Riserva 2004 (Italy)
A supermodel
Sleep deprived with no makeup
Bare-boned adornment

406) Martin Codax Ergo Rioja 2005 (Spain)
Not much on the nose
And a very quick goodbye
Lovely while it lasts

405) Bernardino and da Silva Vinho Regional Estremadura Garrafeira 1997 (Portugal)
Rain hits the window
Your pillow is soft and dry
Soon you'll wake, not now

Aging gracefullyWith dark, defiant sweetnessForever's sunset
404) Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 2003 (Italy)
Truly classic things
Are by design unconcerned

With newfangled trends

403) Mirassou Pinot Noir 2007 (California)
Hate's irrational
It fills the soul with poison
Useful marinade

402) Famille Ligneres Piece de Roche 2004 (France)
No nose to speak of
But a nice fat spank of grape
Hangs on for dear life

401) Domaine d'Andezon Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2007 (France)
All that's red glistens
In Rhone's most magical year
Perfect fruit's sweet sweat

Chateau La Pointe 1998 (France)
Perhaps a hair short
But that would be nitpicking
Nap on pine needles

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