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Wine Recommendation

Toad Hall Cellars 2004 Bodacious  (Rutherford)

Toad Hall Cellars

2004 Bodacious
(Rutherford ~ Napa Valley)

Where is William Safire when you need him? I couldn’t get a hold of the New York Times “On Language” guy and my old Webster’s (1986) didn’t have a meaning for bodacious. says the word is used for a “full-figured female body shape.” And, a fierce bull called Bodacious, was infamous as “The World’s Most Dangerous Bull.” Bodacious is also said to mean “extremely cool” and “most excellent.”

In any case, Toad Hall’s red Bodacious blend (half Cabernet Sauvignon, half Merlot) is clearly not a full-figured woman, although its brilliant fruit makes it voluptuous. It most certainly ain’t a bull, but it does kick some ass. And it is cool and an excellently made wine.

The nose emits floral characteristics, and some coffee and baking spices such as cocoa. But there’s a hint of slate or iron, probably from the Windfall Vineyard’s (Rutherford) rocky soils. The wine is soft, round and balanced with some fine-grained tannin in the finish. Drink it now and over the next eight years. The wine spent 20 months in half French, half American wood. The stated alcohol is 14.2 percent and there were only 380 cases produced.

Reviewed September 6, 2007 by Alan Goldfarb.

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The Wine

Winery: Toad Hall Cellars
Vintage: 2004
Wine: Bodacious
Appellation: Rutherford ~ Napa Valley
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon (50%), Merlot (50%)
Price: 750ml $40.00

Review Date: 9/6/2007

The Reviewer

Alan Goldfarb

Alan Goldfarb has been writing about and reviewing wine for 17 years. His reviews have been published in the St. Helena Star, San Jose Mercury, San Francisco Examiner, Decanter, and Wine Enthusiast, among others. Not once has he used a point system, star system, or an iconic symbol to quantify a wine. What counts in Mr. Goldfarb’s criteria when judging a wine is: how it tastes in the glass; is it well-constructed; its food compatibility; and presence of redeeming regional attributes.