Mollydooker “The Boxer” Shiraz, 2008

FYI- this wine is not for the faint of heart!  This is serious stuff, people.  Big and Nasty.  This wine INVENTED big and nasty.  Actually, it would have been Sarah and Sparky Marquis, the winemakers- and their track record has proven that they’re pretty darn good at it, too!  None of their red wines have ever scored below 90 points!  That’s impressive.  Wine Spectator gave this vintage 91 points- I’m anticipating Parker will give it a few more, just cause he’s like that.  Maybe a 94, is my guess.

I’ll be honest.  I was disillusioned with the Mollydooker thing for a while.  The last vintage of Boxer I tried was the 2006, and I thought it was awkward… big and bold, but not balanced enough to pull it off.  It still scored 90 points, but I was turned off to the whole thing.  In fact, I was not even looking forward to trying this new batch of Mollydooker’s, because I was expecting them to be “all bark, but no bite”, if you know what I mean.

Au contraire!  This stuff rocks.  Plain and simple.   It may be a bit over-the-top in style for some of you out there- it’s jammy and rich, so if that’s not your thing, definitely skip it.  But if it IS your thing- for heavens sake, BUY IT.  This wine is bright, fun, spicy, and layered with flavors of  blueberries, pomegranates, vanilla, tobacco, hazelnuts, and sheer POWER.  It’s rich-blooded, smooth and sexy.  For all you Mad Men fans out there… this wine is Don Draper.  He is a man of steel, with his slicked back head of black hair.  He can drink scotch and smoke cigarettes all day and go out and seduce clients all night.  Commanding, and almost forceful.  Just enough to make you want him more.  Look at me, I’m swooning just thinking about Don Draper.  Apologies to anyone who doesn’t watch Mad Men… but you really should start.


There are several Mollydooker wines in stock all over town right now- but look for this cute little left-handed Boxer dude on the bottle to make sure you get The Boxer.  We’ll be selling quite a few of them at the wine sale TODAY (Saturday, the 15th) at Cellar on Greene- there is a Cabernet (The Maitre’D) and a Cab-Shiraz blend (Two Left Feet), all of which we’ll be selling for $26 a bottle!  But TRUST ME- they will not last long, and we only get a certain amount!!  So you must act fast.  I’m typing furiously in an attempt to get this out in time for you to read it and get yourself down to the wine sale to see us!   So, these are my parting words- wine sale.  today.  12-2.  See you there!


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