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09 February 2006

The Big Smooth

PerkinssicoverGather round sports & wine fans, I've got an analogy for you.  Do you remember Sam Perkins?  He played basketball at the University of North Carolina with some guy by the name of Michael Jordan.  To me, Sam was always the 'other guy' with MJ in the 1983 Sports Illustrated cover I had taped to my bedroom wall as an aspiring Bantam Basketball player.  I averaged 10 minutes, 2 points, 3 rebounds and 3-4 fouls.  In other words, I was average.  Indeed, I was quite unlike Mike.  Most folks saw MJ's potential.  However, at the time, Sam was the more complete player.  He was a big guy (6'9") who could pass, shoot from the perimeter and rebound well.  In fact, Perkins was the 4th overall pick in the 1984 NBA draft.  He was a fairly solid player in his younger days, but later in his career, Sam became a niche player.  He evolved into a long distance shooter - the player who always hangs out by the three point line.  Perkins garnered the nickname "Big Smooth" for his trademark shooting form.  He was a crowd favorite, yet in my humble basketball opinion, he actually devolved as a player over the course of his career.  He was a liability on defense, he didn't rebound particularly well and for a coordinated big man, he never developed a passing game.  In other words, the Big Smooth was a one-trick pony.

...Segue to one-trick wine ponies...

KviognierRecently I sampled a wine which also might easily receive the moniker, "Big Smooth."  It's a chubby, full-bodied, high-alcohol, lusciously-oaked Viognier.  One whiff and your nose welcomes a sweet vanilla-cream bouquet.  One sip and your mouth welcomes a smooth vanilla/caramel custard cocktail.  Great stuff.  This wine is sure to be a crowd pleaser.  Yet whiff & sip #2 delivers the same scents and flavors.  Then whiffs/sips 3 through 12 bring more of the same.  This isn't necessarily a bad thing.  However, the wine is lacking in nuance and complexity.  This Big Smooth is most definitely a one-trick pony.  Perhaps, if you're a fan of big 3-point shots, you'll enjoy this wine.  On the other hand, if you're partial to assists, blocks, rebounds and mid-range jumpers, you may find yourself wanting more from K-Vintners Columbia Valley Viognier, 2004 ($20).

As for me, I'll take Oscar Robertson over the Big Smooth every time.

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Lenn

Love the hoops references...takes me back to my days averaging 4 points, 6 boards and 4.5 fouls in high school ball.

"chubby, full-bodied, high-alcohol"

That sound a lot more like Mel Turpin or John "Hot Plate" Williams...but I guess Hot Plate had a complete game and turpin was just fat..maybe he's a cheap, over-worked Cali chard?

beau

Dinner Bell Mel played for the Jazz when I was a wee one. I vaguely remember Jordan dunking on his head.

As for chubby B-ball players, I don't think anyone can beat Oliver Miller. That guy was large. But then, the year after Charles Barkely retired, he looked to weigh close to 3bills.

Lenn

Ah yes, Oliver Miller...you couldn't use that analogy though because he was actually an awesome passer for a fat...er...big man.

Chaz Barkley's swelling was amazing...and I expect much the same fate for Jerome Bettis as he heads into the broadcast booth.

How about Shawn Kemp post-lock out (and after fathering 454 kids)...the Reign Man became the Geign Man pretty quickly.

vanessa

smooth, beau, extra-smooth.
but not the shorts. anything but the shorts.

beau

I thought chicks digged the shorty short shorts?

Jameson

Ugh. This is such a flawed wine and a great example of why no one should be fabricating Viognier in Washington. It is oaked beyond any recognition. I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!

beau

Jameson, I don't understand your comments. Could you be a little clearer in your opinions?

fwiw, I do agree with your assessment - I don't think many Viognier lovers could ID this wine as Viognier. Had I tasted it blind, I would have guessed, "giant, oaked new world white meritage blend or Chard."

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