Sometimes I like to say “Shir-azz,” and pronounce the “azz” like you’re saying “raspberry.” Just try it- “Shir-aazzz.” It’s a lot of fun to say. Now say “Shir-ahhz,” like you’re supposed to. Not quite as fun. Now, while we’re still on pronunciations, here’s a quote from the bottle of Luchador Shiraz:
“Luchador (luch-a-door) Function: noun. Usage: Spanish word. 1.) fighter. 2.)wrestler. 3.) a wine that will body slam your tounge.”
True story! it will, indeed.
Moving on! Luchador has been a top favorite at Cellar since we opened. Everyone seems to get a big kick out of the bottle-
The dude on the front’s name is “El Diamante!” Once again, the bottle gives us a nice little Bio on our friend El Diamante- “El Diamante rubs spicy peppers in his eyes and has had five wives. The hammerhead is his favorite shark and he loves spooning.”
I love this! It’s quirky. And sometimes, when there is so much emphasis put on packaging and such, the wine isn’t really all that good- but this wine IS! It’s big and bold, but not overly oaked or heavy or inky. I find it really difficult to find a Shiraz that I like in this price point ($17 ) because I usually find that they’re all fruit-oak bombs, without a nice core to hold them up. Luchador has a spicy, exotic nose- with blackberry, blueberry, licorice, light vanilla, and a bit of smoke. It is big, but not a monstrosity. It has a nice touch of elegance that makes it really people-friendly. And it’s MANLY. I would say this wine reminds me of Russell Crowe- but ONLY when he was in Gladiator… not the scruffy, long-haired, disheveled look he’s been going for lately. Not a fan.
We’re currently pouring this By-the-glass at Cellar & Solstice- or you can pick up a bottle to take home for $17. Wine Advocate gave it 90 points! Hot damn! Another 90-point wine. Enjoy!