Boz Scaggs Comes to CityWine!
A CITYWINE EXCLUSIVE!! HERE's THE "DIRTY LOWDOWN":
Did you know that Boz Scaggs, well-known pop star from the 70's (still active today) is a wine afficionado? Well, there is a BIG connection with me, what fun! Back in the 70's, I was gigging in a funk band, called "THE MELLOW MOODS", and we toured all over, including Canada a couple times. I was the "funky white boy" in what was up to 11 piece band, playing hollow-body Gibson guitars (think Lee Ritenour and Larry Carlton) through black-faced Fender amps (tone, of course!) at the time. I did a bit of singing, and my "feature" song was "Lowdown" by Boz, part of the "Silk Degrees" album that propelled his career (and probably made it possible for him to buy Napa / Mt. Veeder property!).
Now, some 35+ years later I find myself owning a wine store, playing jazz (bass) and selling vintage guitars. When my partner found an exclusive line on Boz Scaggs Rhone red blend, I was excited. We have sold almost 20 cases of the '06 and '09 vintages. These wines are sourced in wonderful Mt. Veeder, and they are top quality. You can buy them for $40 from the winery... or you can buy them for $20 at CityWine.
Interestingly, in addition to his interest and love for wine, Boz is also a bit of a jazzer. He has at least one album that features jazz standards, like "Speak Low": nicely done, and good musicians, of course. He's Boz Scaggs!
So, about the Rhone styled wine we are fortunate to have:
A blend of classic southern Rhone varietals: mourvedre, grenache , syrah and counoise. They're built around a mid-palate structure that relies on the firmness of mourvedre with the other varietals layering above and below it. Grenache, with its brightness and softness lifts the wine and the palate; mourvedre picks up where grenache leaves off and brings backbone and continuity to the whole; syrah adds spiciness and broadness in counterbalance to the less tannic, lower alcohol counoise. Before bottling the wine is aged in well-seasoned French oak barrels for 11 months.
The 2009 vintage exhibits its familiar montage of plum, lavender, and sage aromatics. The sweet boysenberry fruit on the palate is balanced by black pepper and a chewy tannic structure. The wine combines lush texture with impressive focus and length. Upon airing, blackberry and pomegranate notes hint of more layers to be revealed over time.
Me and Boz. Boz and me. Yup. Middle aged dudes who like wine, jazz. OK, OK, so he's made tons of money and been successful as hell. And I sell his wine at my store while reminiscing about "the old days" when I was singing about the "dirty dirty lowndown". What the hell.