Monday, March 14, 2011

Recently Tasted: Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

As a Christmas gift, I received a bottle of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, Mendocino County (California), 13.5% ABV. It’s a novelty item, I suppose, a bit like other celebrity wines, although this celebrity is a thing.

Are these things worth it? Well, if you’re a fan of the celebrity, then you won’t mind paying a premium for the bottle. The winemaker makes a bit more money, the celebrity gets a cut, and we, the consumer, get a souvenir, so it’s a good deal for us and them.

The wine is the product of Wines That Rock – aka Mendocino Wine Co. – which also boasts of sustainable farming, 100% green power (solar & wind), eco-friendly packaging, and carbon neutrality.

Released in 1973, Dark Side of the Moon vies with The Wall as the best effort by Pink Floyd – David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Roger Waters, and Richard Wright, all of whom are still with us except for Richard Wright, who has gone to the great gig in the sky.

We tried this wine with dinner the other night. I had been on the run all day, so I didn’t have time to let it breathe before dinner. It does speak to me of a typical California Cab. Deep garnet, which is not just any colour. You like aromas of cassis and black cherry with flavours of cassis, vanilla, and a bit of chocolate? Then you’ll like this. It’s medium-bodied, smooth, and, at 13.5%, you don’t have to worry about any brain damage.

Of course, we had to listen to the album while drinking this wine. It’s been quite a while since I’ve listened to it. (It’s not our typical dinnertime music.) I’d forgotten how bloody brilliant it is. Maybe even better during a lunar eclipse?

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  1. They certainly were a unique and wonderful band. No 'herb'aciousness on the nose?

  2. I think this wine is different than all those other "celebrity wines." It's not just out to sell bottles as souveniers- it's also a great tasting wine! I love how all the flavors blend together.