This weekend while I was perusing the wine selection at Hubbel & Hudson, the snootiest of snooty grocery stores that I patronize, I happened upon a sensual-looking red called Passion Has Red Lips. This bottle was produced by “Some Young Punks”, the same people who produce the previously-featured Monsters, Monsters Attack! Since that wine was a delicious white (I’m not really even much of a white-wine-guy), I figured I had to try their red.
Both of these wines had a screw-top, which is a bit unfortunate for a well-made vino. I do understand that, counterintuitively, beer in cans is somehow actually superior to beer in bottles, but I’m not so sure that principle also applies to the screw-top wine bottle. Some Young Punks should move on up to corks in the future.
As anticipated, the wine is a very tasty cabernet/shiraz blend (51/49 respectively), with an excellent smoothness. So smooth it was almost more like a Pinot Noir, but with the bigger flavor of a cab. I tend to find Pinots to be smooth-drinkin but yawn-inducing in terms of flavor. This blend sits nicely on the divide between smooth-but-boring versus flavorful-but-harshly-alcoholic. I guess that should be no surprise since Australian shiraz is something akin to Swiss chocolate or German cars or Japanese electronics… they just… know how.
Anyway, a very pleasing wine, no question. It was $22 at the grocery store, so on the high-end of my wine budget really, but if I happened upon it for say $18 or less, I would not hesitate to grab one again. Superb drinking. Seal of approval.