Wednesday, December 8, 2010

"Lazy Bones" Cabernet Franc 2009

Picked this up because it's...why else? It's Cabernet Franc. $6.99 at Trader Joes. Unfortunately, the name of this wine should have been a warning of things to come...I know you're not supposed to "throw stones in glass houses," or something like that, but seriously. WTF. This is everything that is wrong about cheap wine in a convenient one bottle package. Oh, where do I start? First, what's up with the label? Really? I guess it did catch my eye, since there's a bare ass front and center (I mean really, what male isn't a fan of that?), but on a bottle of wine? Really? There's also some pithy quote about being lazy all day. Lame. All this before I even get to the wine itself, which is the only reason that I let this slide. I mean really, I like Justification, which also hails from Paso Robles, a lot. I have never been so floored by a California wine...so I was hoping for something along those lines. Instead, what I got was an uncomfortable mouthful of cedar and oak, along with some truly buried berry flavors. And thus the wine becomes one with its' tacky-ass label, by exhibiting the lazy wine-making style of "way too much fucking oak." If I was a beaver, I might perhaps find this wine enjoyable, but alas, I am human. Fail. F

14 comments:

Cabfrancophile said...

Trader Joe's List on twitter is a bit less discerning when it comes to this wine (http://twitter.com/traderjoeslist): "Try LAZY BONES Cabernet Franc vino tonight for $6.99! AMAZING TASTE! Pairs great with red meats & cheeses. ..yum.."

Um, yeah, I think I'll trust your commentary. This sounds a lot like the Dr. Drinkwell glop I encountered last year, maybe with more oak plus lighter tannin for a few $$$ less.

Admit it, though, weren't you just a we bit excited this might be bad enough to chuck some e-stones at? I'm kind tempted to get a bottle for the same reason . . . .

Jeff said...

Yeah, there may be some hyperbolic comments in there. Maybe I'm being harsher than warranted...but its' got a lot of wood. It's like a gay porn movie...or the chest that my Great Grandmother used to keep her furs in...I was secretly hoping that it wouldn't be all that bad though--really.

Never tried the Dr. Drinkwell...probably with good reason. Dr. Drinkwell is as lame a name as "Lazy Bones."

Joshiemac said...

I didn't like this but I didn't have the same visceral reaction as you and Jason. Besides the fact that you two have more sophisticated palates than I do, I bet there's some bottle variation going on.

Jeff said...

Well, part of it is just me having a little bit of fun with it...it's more entertaining to be snarky.

Jeff said...

One more thing: my palate isn't more sophisticated than yours...it's just different. Anyone that tells you their palate is more sophisticated is full of it in my opinion.

The Gourmez said...

Agree on all counts, though the oak was not a strong note for me. Still, it's very lazy winemaking and advertising, I think. Quoted you on my blog.

Alain said...

I totally disagree with you. I avoid excessive oak and rarely buy american or australian wines. However I had good experience with the wine buyers at Trader Joe's (and Whole Food) and I love cab franc. I thought the wine was excellent, especially for the price. Unfortunately I was not alone because two weeks later it sold out in Princeton and there is no more. (Limited quality is another sign of quality). So, in closing, I hope your opinion spreads and there is more wine for people like me.

The Diggit gardener said...

Is there anywhere that you can still buy it????

The Diggit gardener said...

Cany you still buy lazy bones anywhere? Is there another cabernet frac that you think is good?

The Diggit gardener said...

Can you still buy lazy bones anywhere? If not is there another Cabernet Franc that you would recommend?

Jeff said...

They still have it at TJ's in SoCal, which doesn't surprise me because it's the worst wine that I've had in a long time.

Other Cab Franc? Are you being disingenuous or something? Loire. Anything from the Loire, Bourgueil, or St-Nicolas de Bourgueil will be better than this shitty wine. My personal favorites are Taluau and Bernard Baudry. Caterine and Pierre Breton are the shit too.

Jeff said...

Alain--

I had two bottles of this wine before I passed judgement. Clearly, there is some variation...and I clearly am also not the only person to have disliked this wine intensely. If you like it, more power to you.

Mary said...

the label is felix valloton, rubes

Jeff said...

Whatever. The wine still blows ass.