Walking to Gatlinburg: A Novel

By Howard Frank Mosher
Binding:Hardcover
Publisher:Shaye Areheart Books, (3/2/2010)
Language:English



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A stunning and lyrical Civil War thriller, Walking to Gatlinburg is a spellbinding story of survival, wilderness adventure, mystery, and love in the time of war.

Morgan Kinneson is both hunter and hunted.  The sharp-shooting 17-year-old from Kingdom County, Vermont, is determined to track down his brother Pilgrim, a doctor who has gone missing from the Union Army.  But first Morgan must elude a group of murderous escaped convicts in pursuit of a mysterious stone that has fallen into his possession.

It’s 1864, and the country is in the grip of the bloodiest war in American history.  Meanwhile, the Kinneson family has been quietly conducting passengers on the Underground Railroad from Vermont to the Canadian border.  One snowy afternoon Morgan leaves an elderly fugitive named Jesse Moses in a mountainside cabin for a few hours so that he can track a moose to feed his family.  In his absence, Jesse is murdered, and thus begins Morgan’s unforgettable trek south through an apocalyptic landscape of war and mayhem.

Along the way, Morgan encounters a fantastical array of characters, including a weeping elephant, a pacifist gunsmith, a woman who lives in a tree, a blind cobbler, and a beautiful and intriguing slave girl named Slidell who is the key to unlocking the mystery of the secret stone.  At the same time, he wrestles with the choices that will ultimately define him – how to reconcile the laws of nature with religious faith, how to temper justice with mercy.  Magical and wonderfully strange, Walking to Gatlinburg is both a thriller of the highest order and a heartbreaking odyssey into the heart of American darkness.
 
 

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Nick's thoughts on "Walking to Gatlinburg: A Novel"
updated on:7/8/2010

"Walking to Gatlinburg" is a book that pulls the reader into its mood more than its story. It is a pretty dark commentary on human nature, set against the historical backdrop of the Civil War: the bloodiest war ever fought on U.S. soil. The story is more a means than an end. We follow a young man named Morgan on his quest to find both his brother and his own self-redemption. Along the way he encounters many strange characters, some of whom are notably demonic, and also struggles with his own conflicting tendencies toward love and destruction. I noticed one of the other reviews already made the comparison to "Apocalypse Now," which is exactly what I was thinking as I read this novel. Morgan's journey creates a definite mood and expresses the insanity of war in a way similar to that film. All the while, in the midst of the atrocities all around, the author tries to find the bright side of human nature while asking why we have to do the sorts of terrible things we do. Morgan himself is a good expression of that question. While not cheery beach reading, this is an interesting read. There is a lot happening on an allegorical level and I almost felt like I may need to read it again to catch it all. 

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Steph's thoughts on "Walking to Gatlinburg: A Novel"
updated on:7/8/2010

Walking to Gatlingburg had a lot going for it, which kept my interest to the very last page. A tumultuous Civil War setting provided an appropriate context for young Morgan Kinneson's outrageous and often perilous encounters on his journey to find his brother.  This book is 3 parts adventure tale and 1 part historical novel.  This is not a criticism, just a caution to those that may be seeking a historical account of the Civil War. While certainly not devoid of history, especially in presenting the mores of certain segments of the United States at the time, the richness of this book lies in the colorful characters.  All of these characters are linked through seventeen-year old Morgan Kinneson.  Morgan's quest to find his brother, Pilgrim, whose fate is unknown since going to be a doctor for the Union army, start off with a literal bang resulting in the death of a slave Morgan is ushering across the border to Canada.  This is where the story of this slave and Morgan's own start to become intertwined in unexpected ways.  At times whimsical, at times exciting, and oftentimes suspenseful, Howard Frank Mosher's unique coming-of-age tale is a captivating read offering a glimpse at one of the most volatile periods in US history and a wide-eyed view of the world of a zealous, sympathetic, and adventurous young boy’s journey of discovery. 




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Sam's thoughts on "Walking to Gatlinburg: A Novel"
updated on:7/8/2010

Walking to Gatlinburg is a book along the lines of Twain's adventure classics and Hemingway's storytelling masterpieces. While it touches on both, it also leaves the reader in a whirlpool of the fantastical vs. the plot. The characters are a mixture of magical and intriguing...and the descriptions and depictions of the landscape are also a character unto itself. The suspense and entertainment of the plot is there , brother searching for brother in the gores of the civil war, the mystery of a stone and the part it plays(which is still a mystery to me), how the magical and creepy characters direct the path taken, the nod to the importance and danger of being a part of the Underground Railroad and the choices created by religion and war. However you sometimes get lost as to where you are in all of this...wondering which part should take a bigger role. Well written and open for discussion.

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Reese's thoughts on "Walking to Gatlinburg: A Novel"
updated on:7/8/2010

Walking to Gatlinburg was actually a bit like falling down the rabbit hole. Since that puts the reader somewhere in the middle of the bizarre and the brilliant…well ,that’s where this book is. A book you could read more than once and find a host of different each time. A beautifully written, suspenseful, yet strange story that flirts with capturing your “wild” imagination amidst historical significance of the Civil War. It did more to capture the imagination than deliver a depiction of the civil war. Hence the rabbit hole. The main character, Morgan Kinneson , a boy turning to man, sets off to find his brother who’s gone missing towards the end of the civil war….along the way he “encounters a fantastical array of characters” and fights the battle against the pull of the violence of war. Not always winning. I did enjoy the strange and disturbing characters we met along the way. I actually wish that their roles had been expanded in the book. Somewhere in all of this is a mysterious stone that plays a big part in the story. I think. This review might seem to bounce around and maybe not give a clear picture…probably because it mirrors the book for me. Don’t get me wrong….I did enjoy it….I will say the Author’s interview was a good read and added to my enjoyment of the book.



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Ceci's thoughts on "Walking to Gatlinburg: A Novel"
updated on:7/1/2010

About a quarter along in his journey to Gatlinburg (and into the novel itself), Morgan Kinneson worries that he is “adrift in a world compared to which the most fantastical depictions in E.A. Poe’s stories seemed ordinary.” Agreed. This novel rivals Apocalypse Now in creepy crazies and dark hearts. However, these ghoulish elements invigorate what might otherwise have been a fairly standard tale of a boy becoming a man. In this version, we consider the following: You can keep the boy out of the war, but can you keep the war out of the boy? Although Morgan himself seems a bit too unbelievably naïve (especially with the ladies) and also just a bit too physically amazing, he is accompanied on his journey by an engaging, diverse supporting cast of characters, including an extremely loyal elephant. The novel also has a great appreciation for landscape. The mountains, valleys, caves and waterways Morgan travels are characters in themselves. Actually, so is Morgan’s rifle. Four pages are devoted to the handcrafting of “Lady Justice” – and this is actually compelling reading. Plus, did I mention there are creepy crazies?



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Book Junky's thoughts on "Walking to Gatlinburg: A Novel"
updated on:6/29/2010

A strange read that I like to think of as Alice in Wonderland for men. It had all the crazy plot line of Wonderland and tons of blood and violence (oh, and of course, an 18 year old virgin of a guy who was a fabulous love maker his first time out)... definitely Wonderland for men. ;) But a very interesting writing style. Characters straight out of a psych book. Maybe too many characters, cause I found myself being a little "who's on first?" much of the time... read it for the writing style and just to get your inner crazy world on for a bit. On that note, I gotta say I think my favorite character was the elephant. Hehehe, I'll leave you with that.


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"Walking to Gatlinburg: A Novel"
By Howard Frank Mosher

Average Rating:
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2.86 out of 5 (7 Clubie's ratings)


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 General reading guide discussion questions to be used with ANY book your book club or reading group might be discussing.
 
 

1. Walking to Gatlinburg is rooted deeply in the world of nature. How is nature presented in the story? What impact do the forces of nature have on different characters?

2. Howard Frank Mosher describes himself as a novelist who utilizes history, and sometimes even invents it, in order to tell a fictional story.  He reports that, before retracing Morgan Kinneson’s epic journey south, or doing his extensive research on the Civil War, he wrote a first draft of Walking to Gatlinburg.  This approach sounds counterintuitive.  Why might a novelist write a draft of a history-based novel before doing in-depth research on the period and places in which the novel is set?

3. Several “real-life” characters play minor roles in Walking to Gatlinburg, including President Lincoln and Robert E. Lee.  Do you find them believable?  Would you have preferred to see them developed more fully? 

4. Joseph Findletter, the Pennsylvania Dutch gunsmith who makes Morgan’s rifle, Lady Justice, cites an Amish proverb: “Better an unjust peace than a just war.”  Morgan responds that his brother Pilgrim would agree but that he doesn’t. How do you interpret these opposing views in light of the Civil War? In light of the wars that the U.S. is currently fighting?

5. Do you think that the Civil War was inevitable? Why or why not? Has reading Walking to Gatlinburgchanged your understanding of the Civil War?

6. Slidell suggests that Jesse’s runic stone may have been given to their African ancestors by Vikings.  Howard Frank Mosher reports that during the composition of Walking to Gatlinburg, he “cast the runes” twice.  Coincidentally or otherwise, he selected “Nauthiz” both times.  Why do you think he decided to make “Nauthiz” Morgan’s rune?

7. Decades ago, Howard Mosher wrote a graduate thesis on Shakespeare’s villains.  He reports that he has always been fascinated by villains in literature and, moreover, that the psychopathic killer Ludi Too in Walking to Gatlinburg is based closely on his own insane great, great grandfather. Do you have a favorite fictional villain? What do you think makes for a great villain?  

8. Walking to Gatlinburg features two star-crossed love stories.  Did you find the revelation in the epilogue of the novel that Slidell married Auguste Choteau instead of Morgan saddening?  Why do you think Howard Mosher decided not to have Slidell and Morgan marry?

9. Of all of Morgan’s challenges, which do you think may be his greatest?

10. Does Pilgrim “have to die” in the final shoot-out with Ludi?  Would the story have been more satisfying to you if he had not been killed?

11. The epilogue also reveals that Morgan not only follows Gen. Robert E. Lee’s advice to him to pursue the law as a profession, he becomes Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.  Based on what you know about Morgan from his long walk to Gatlinburg in 1864, do you think that he would make a wise and capable Chief Justice?

12. Morgan Kinneson believes that slavery is “the most evil of all human institutions.”  Do you agree?

13. Three of Howard Frank Mosher’s previous books have been made into films.  If you were writing a screen play of Walking to Gatlinburg, what scenes would you focus on?  What actors would you consider for the principal roles


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From Publishers Weekly
A Civil War odyssey in the tradition of Charles Frazier's Cold Mountain and Robert Olmstead's Coal Black Horse, Mosher's latest (after On Kingdom Mountain), about a Vermont teenager's harrowing journey south to find his missing-in-action brother, is old-fashioned in the best sense of the word. Seventeen-year-old Morgan Kinneson goes in search of his older brother, Pilgrim, a Union soldier reported MIA at Gettysburg. But first, Morgan accidentally causes the death of a runaway slave he was leading to safety in Canada. In the course of tracking down his missing brother, Morgan is pursued by slave catchers, accompanies an elephant on an Erie Canal showboat, visits the battlefield at Gettysburg, meets an escaped slave who turns out to be the dead slave's granddaughter, and gets wounded during a mountain feud before learning of Pilgrim's fate. Complicating matters is a rune stone the dead slave left to Morgan, which could compromise the security of the Underground Railroad if the slave catchers get their hands on it. The story of Morgan's rite-of-passage through an American arcadia despoiled by war and slavery is an engrossing tale with mass appeal. (Mar.) 
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From Booklist
In this haunting and hallucinatory novel, a young man named Morgan Kinneson trods through the nightmarish landscape of late Civil War–era America. The impetus for his venture is twofold: to find his brother, Pilgrim, who has been missing since the Battle at Gettysburg and to avenge the lynching of an escaped slave who was in his care as the conductor of one of the final legs of the Underground Railroad. Morgan’s trek turns into a kind of Apocalypse Now journey into the madness of war, but here the heart of darkness is a green-goggled slave breeder and his hired quartet of lunatic murderers, who also happen to be among the novel’s most compelling (though sadly underexamined) characters. These madmen flip-flop cat-and-mouse roles with Morgan as his quest becomes as much about bloodily ridding the earth of their presence as it is about finding his brother. Historical realism this isn’t but it is a violent, often puzzling picaresque with an invigorating take on the Underground Railroad and an unsettling vision of an America despoiled by the War between the States. --Ian Chipman
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Praise for Walking to Gatlinburg

An Indie Next Notable Pick

"Mosher is a rare storyteller, able to both instruct and entertain, and he brings all his talents to this unforgettable and unique novel."
BookPage

"A Civil War odyssey in the tradition of Charles Frazier’s Cold Mountain and Robert Olmstead’s Coal Black Horse, Mosher’s latest, about a Vermont teenager’s harrowing journey south to find his missing-in-action brother, is old-fashioned in the best sense of the word....The story of Morgan’s rite-of-passage through an American arcadia despoiled by war and slavery is an engrossing tale with mass appeal.
Publisher's Weekly

"We are in the hands of a skilled storyteller, and every word matters. A captivating story, and one that cries for a sequel."
Kirkus, starred review

"[A] haunting and hallucinatory novel....Historical realism this isn’t but it is a violent, often puzzling picaresque with an invigorating take on the Underground Railroad and an unsettling vision of an America despoiled by the War between the States."
Booklist

Praise for Howard Frank Mosher

“Mosher is an old-fashioned writer, a storyteller of the first order; he has written a page-turner in the best sense of the word.” 
Boston Globe
 
“A combination of Ernest Hemingway, Henry David Thoreau, and Jim Harrison.” 
Los Angeles Times
 
“Mosher calls to mind the best of Mark Twain – mischievous, touching, and very funny.” 
Carl Hiaasen
 
 “Rollicking, boisterous, sprawling, and highly entertaining.” 
–Harper’s Magazine
 
“Revives the tall tale with remarkable grace and intelligence … delightful.” 
Washington Post
 
“Mosher is a gifted storyteller with a solid sense of place and history.” 
Cleveland Plain Dealer
 
“One of our very best writers … Mosher offers us a landscape, both natural and human, worth knowing, worth believing in.” 
Richard Russo

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Years later Morgan Kinneson would conclude that it was probably reading that had gotten him and his brother, Pilgrim, into trouble in the fi rst place. The Kinnesons of Kingdom Mountain had always been great readers. Shakespeare’s plays. Pilgrim’s Progress. Paradise Lost. His mother had delighted in reading Miss Austen and Mr. Dickens to Morgan and his brother. Their father, Quaker Meeting Kinneson, read aloud regularly from the papers and gazettes out of Boston, Washington, and Philadelphia. After Pilgrim left Kingdom Mountain for Harvard, he sent Morgan books by his professor and friend, the Swiss-born naturalist and glaciologist Louis Agassiz, and by Emerson and Thoreau, the Concord freethinkers, and, most recently, the book by that strange Englishman Darwin, which was like no other book Morgan had ever read.

Of course the Vermont Kinnesons also read the Bible. The elderly female cousin several times removed who had quartered herself upon the family since his father was a boy had read to Morgan, with a satisfaction bordering on gleefulness, the vengeful old scriptures of cataclysmic floods and fi re raining out of the sky to incinerate entire wicked cities, and wicked giants laid low by boys with slings, not to mention women turned into salt for the least imaginable infraction, and innumerable millions wailing and gnashing their teeth in everlasting fi res for reciting their prayers one way instead of another. “Take from the Bible what you can use and ignore the rest,” Pilgrim had advised him. “Just as you would from any other book. It’s the book our ancestors were raised on. It can’t be all bad.”

“It’s the book I was raised on,” said the elderly cousin many times removed, whose name was Mahitabel, but whom Pilgrim and Morgan called Cousin Sabbath School. She gave Pilgrim a dark look. “It has served me well. It will serve him”—meaning Morgan—“well. When he is judged, at the end of what I prophesy will be a short and ill-spent life, he will know why he has been consigned. There will be no brook fi shing or roving off night and day there, I assure you.” Exactly where Morgan would be consigned, Cousin Sabbath School never specified. 

“That sounds like the kind of threat a brimstone preacher would make to scare a fellow into going along with his way of thinking,” Pilgrim said. “Around comes the long-handled collection basket, boys. Pay your dues or it will go hard with you by and by.”

“We shall see what we shall see,” Mahitabel said.

“On that much, at least, we can all agree,” Morgan’s father said, hoping thereby to end the discussion.

“Aye,” said Cousin Sabbath School. “We can.”

Of all the Kinnesons, Pilgrim, who was fi ve years older than Morgan, was the most voracious reader. He studied books about medicine and trees and animals and rocks. Until he went to war he had been studying at Harvard to become a doctor. He had even spent a year studying surgery with Joseph Lister at the renowned medical college in Glasgow, Scotland. Before leaving home for Harvard and beyond, he had taught Morgan a good deal about the animals and plants and birds of Kingdom Mountain. He had shown Morgan how to shoot with Hunter, Pilgrim’s old cap-and-ball musket, converted from their grandfather’s fl intlock. And while Morgan quickly became a good shot, his brother remained the expert marksman in the family. Even after he had stopped hunting, stopped killing things altogether, Pilgrim was the best shot Morgan had ever known. For his part, Morgan had an uncanny natural woods sense, which he had honed ever since he had been allowed to go to the woods on his own. As his father sometimes said, you couldn’t haul the boy out of the woods with a yoke of oxen, though he too read avidly himself, travel accounts mainly, by explorers like Marco Polo and Captain James Cook. As for Morgan’s formal schooling, that had ended after the episode with Dogood.

In a way it had been the Kinneson mania for reading that had resulted in Pilgrim’s trouble as well. In the third year of fighting, Pilgrim had enlisted in the Union army. Like his father, who operated the northernmost station on Vermont’s Underground Railroad, Pilgrim was an abolitionist. But the rift with Professor Agassiz had led to his leaving college to enlist. It was Darwin’s Origin of Species that had resulted in the break, though by then Pilgrim and his parents had already quarreled over the matter of Manon Thibeau. Not that Morgan believed there was any lesson to be learned from such refl ections. You couldn’t just stop reading, any more than you could help falling in love. Still, he had to acknowledge, at least to himself, that reading was the main problem, as true in his case as it was in Pilgrim’s. If he’d never encountered those travel books, he might never have come up with the idea for his own great odyssey after Pilgrim had gone missing at the place in Pennsylvania called Gettysburg.

For a time after Pilgrim went off to college, Morgan dreaded going to places on Kingdom Mountain that he and his older brother had once frequented. Places where Pilgrim had taught him to wait for a buck to slip down to a stream to drink. Brooks where they’d caught the vividly colored little native trout that lived in every rill on the mountain. The big lake, Memphremagog, which stretched twenty-five miles north into French Canada, where they’d watched the snow geese alight, thousands of them, sailing out of the dense clouds in family gaggles of four and fi ve and six on their way north to Baffi n Bay or south to the Chesapeake. Once, while they were trolling on the lake in the birch canoe they had made, Morgan had hooked a huge deepwater fi sh, probably a lake trout but possibly a sturgeon. The fi sh had towed the canoe for almost a mile over the border, between the steep mountains rising abruptly three thousand feet out of the water, before breaking off with Morgan’s homemade red-and-white lure in its mouth. The two brothers loved to camp overnight on top of Kingdom Mountain, high above the treeline, where you could see four different states and deep into Canada. One night, tenting on the mountaintop with their cousin Dolton Kinneson, a great bear of a fellow who was Pilgrim’s age but in his head much younger than Morgan, they’d watched the entire northern sky fl are blue, green, red, silver, yellow, and pink from the northern lights. Pilgrim had told them about the Canadian voyageurs, fur traders in colorful tuques and sashes, who paddled thirty-foot-long canots du nord in grand flotillas from Montreal to Lake Athabasca and a place with the wonderful name of Flin Flon—twenty-fi ve hundred miles and back again, racing to beat the onset of winter, singing their stirring paddling songs, penetrating wilderness never before seen by anyone save a few scattered bands of Cree. At twelve and thirteen and fourteen, Morgan had longed to go north with these bold adventurers.

He and Pilgrim and Dolton had brought Professor Agassiz to the mountaintop to examine the glacial erratics, boulders carried down from the Far North by the great ice sheet. They’d showed him the Balancing Boulder, a gigantic round rock as big as their farmhouse, perched on a smaller fl at-topped boulder, with strange glyphs that the professor called runes carved into it beside pictographs of a whale, a walrus, and a reindeer. The professor believed that the pictographs and the runes might have been carved by Norse explorers hundreds of years before, but neither he nor anyone else could tell for certain. Only that the carvings were very ancient. Sometimes Morgan and Pilgrim played a variation of blindman’s bluff at the Balancing Boulder, shutting their eyes and reaching for the boulder to see which rune they touched most often. Even when he tried not to, Morgan usually touched the symbol ~ Pilgrim ~. 

At all of these familiar places Morgan had felt terrible pangs of loneliness ever since Pilgrim had gone missing in Pennsylvania. The plan had been taking shape in his mind for some weeks. After Pilgrim went off to war he continued to write to Morgan, though not to their parents. He told Morgan that he felt they were still close in spirit because they both loved the same places on the mountain. Pilgrim had liked to josh, calling Morgan “soldier” or “Natty,” after Natty Bumppo, the fabled scout in Fenimore Cooper’s novels. Morgan’s parents were too serious-minded to do much joshing. As for the aged cousin, she had never joshed in her life.

“Did Lord Jesus of Nazareth sit around the woodstove cracking wise with his cronies?” she said. “Did he, cousin?”

“I believe not,” Morgan’s father admitted.

“I believe not, too,” Mahitabel said quite viciously. “Lord Jesus of Nazareth never laughed in his life. Not once. Nor did Paul.”

“Laughing wasn’t Jesus’ department,” Morgan’s father conceded.

“It wasn’t Paul’s department either, from what I can gather about Paul.”

“They knew that laughter is a sin,” Mahitabel said. “That laughter besmirches the creation. I detest laughter.”

The old woman opened her daybook, in which she kept a careful running account of all that she detested, along with clippings of crimes and atrocities culled from the gazettes Morgan’s father subscribed to. “Look you,” she said, removing a cutting from the Washington Intelligencer of two weeks ago. “Do you call this funny? Do you laugh at this?” The heading read, fi ve hardened killers escape from york state prison camp. Below, in smaller type, “Family of Four Found Hanged. Murderers Said to Be Bound for the South.”

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July 2010’s BB Book Club Book Pick:
Walking to Gatlinburg By Howard Frank Mosher

This bloody and complex book was just begging for a nice red wine. What better fit then a Cabernet? So in the spirit of the Civil War, we pitted North vs. South. North vs. South California that is for this months wine picks.

Turned out to be one of the most interesting wine competitions we have ever had. MOSTLY, because we liked them ALL. That said, there had to be a winner...

Chateau de Beaucastel 2007 Coudoulet Rouge - Rhone Blends Red Wine

WINNER:
J. Lohr 2008 Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon - Red Wine
(Was $17)
On the nose this Cab showed aromas of dark fruit such as plum and dark cherry. As we drank the wine we immediatly felt a pleasant silky mouth feel. The smooth taste also showed a subtle toasted marshmellow flavor and a nice long finish. Yum!

Uncorking Rating:
"Very Uncorkable"


SECOND:
Ferrari Carano 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon - Red Wine
(Was $28)
The aroma of this wine had dark fruit as well as a hint of vanilla and dark coffee. As we swooshed this wine in our mouths it showed a slight dry taste and the vanilla on the nose transferred into the taste and we picked up some sweet flowers and it had a nice depth.

Uncorking Rating:
"Very Uncorkable"


Perrin 2007 Cotes du Rhone Villages Rouge - Rhone Blends Red Wine

THIRD:
Justin 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon - Red Wine
(Was $26)
The nose of this wine was a little more challanging than the others but this dark colored Cab was a bit lighter on the tongue but the dark fruit came through. Much of the taste hit you right up front and as you tasted it, after that the flavors seemed to fade just a bit.

Uncorking Rating:
"Very Uncorkable"


Perrin 2007 Cotes du Rhone Villages Rouge - Rhone Blends Red Wine

FOURTH:
Geyser Peak 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon - Red Wine
(Was $18)
Very dark berry aroma was the first thing to hit us as we smelled this wine. The flavor profile exhibited a surprisingly lighter taste but we picked up an interesting barnwood smell and a little tinge of alcohol on the back end. Take note - to be last in this foursome is NOT a bad thing!

Uncorking Rating:
"Very Uncorkable"


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