There's nothing quite like getting some in the morning. And by "some," of course, I'm referring to good wine, which is precisely what happened to me the other day when a local distribution rep came by my house shortly after 9 a.m., the only time when our schedules managed to sync up. When someone brings a bottle called Sexual Chocolate to your house, you should probably put out, right? And by "put out," of course, I'm referring to the really nice wine glasses my wife and I received for our wedding. Thank goodness she wasn't home.
Despite the name, the labeling for the 2010 bottle from SLOdown Wines, out of Sonoma, is as deadpan as a Wes Anderson movie. Rather than the kind of graphic imagery you might expect, the name of the wine is instead simply spelled out in a typewriter-like font, with some scrawls on the back, clearly done by a boy, with a nice description of what's inside and how to enjoy it. The labeling might be enough for a chuckle when you take it over to a friend's house, or, better yet, a smoldering look from your date when it's time for a second bottle.
The good news is that there's something interesting going on inside the bottle, as well. Sexual Chocolate is a blend of 75-percent Napa zinfandel and 25-percent Santa Barbara syrah, and after the initial taste sizzles across your tongue, you'll experience a long sensation of white pepper in the back of your throat, which is nicely counterbalanced by the flavors of blackberries, cherries, currants and, yes, even some chocolate that precede it. Despite being the minority party, the syrah offers up a nice, lingering finish to wrap it all up.
These days, we regularly hear about wines that are made to be accessible rather than snooty, and Sexual Chocolate is right at the forefront of that movement. The bottle can be found at a number of places around town, usually retailing for right around $20. It's worth taking a chance on, but just make sure you don't spill it. After all, nobody likes the wet spot.Write to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. You can follow Anders on Twitter at @anderswright.