Wine: Hideous delights
Stop being scared off by silly or ugly wine labels, said Elin McCoy in Bloomberg.com. Sure, sophomoric eye candy could be “fronting for unsophisticated plonk.” But here are three examples proving that a fabulous wine sometimes hides behind shudder-inducing imagery:
2015 Some Young Punks ‘Monsters Monsters Attack!’ Riesling ($25). The B movie–style label on this Australian wine belies its sophistication.
2014 Prisoner Wine Co. ‘Blindfold’ ($32). The lush honeysuckle and fruit flavors of this chardonnay blend couldn’t clash more with its label art: an image, lifted from Francisco Goya, of a war captive tied to a stake.
2014 Ken Wright Cellars Savoya Vineyard Pinot Noir ($63). Wright, an Oregon pinot master, inexplicably plasters one of his best with a portrait of off-season pruners that “makes me think of starving farmers during the Irish potato famine. Sad.” ■